Managing a site using WordPress???

February 26th, 2010

So much for my new’s year resolution of updating my blog at least once a fortnight. Fortunately I have been inundated with websites to create (word of mouth advertising is really starting to work for me) so my own site has been a little neglected.

A number of new clients have requested a CMS (Content Management System) to be included in the framework for their sites. This allows anyone with password access and an internet connection to update their own content without the need to install extra software.

My choice of CMS is WordPress, originally designed as a Blogging program. In recent times, web designers have been altering WordPress code, creating extra plugins and designing themes that allow it to be used for the creation of entire sites. There is a huge support community continually adding extra features and best of all, it is completely free.

I have experimented with a number of CMS programs including Joomla however for clients who may not be computer savvy, WordPress is very easy to learn with an interface that is very basic, not confusing.

A couple of links that may be of use to potential WordPress users:

Dean’s FCKEditor – Changes the basic text controls to an interface similar to Microsoft.

CorvidWorks has an excellent tutorial on adding your WordPress content to the front page of your standard site.

DYI Theme is a great “bare” bones theme by Randa Clay that is quite easy to alter to your own needs.

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