Building a new website the cheap & easy way….

If you don’t mind a few limitations, it really is preferably to let someone else take the strain. I can’t link to it yet because it’s not public, but I’ve been rebuilding a simple website using WordPress. That’s .com not .org. I was surprised how much I was able to improve on a custom website (made using Joomla! which I’m now not very keen on due to its general unfriendliness).

Both J (my manager) and I can write a little code, use FTP, stitch together simple websites from scratch and all that malarkey. So after three days of fighting with Joomla! (admission: we only had editing rights, not admin, which might have been a factor), we gave up and just recreated the site in WordPress, sorting out some URLs and simplifying the navigation as we went.

It took about five hours, which included finding and customising an appropriate theme, resizing some images, uploading various media snippets etc. I’ve never been more grateful for the speed at which ease of use has developed online. My eyes might be a little screen-sore, but I feel thoroughly accomplished, which is no bad feeling.

Have you done anything that made you feel properly useful recently? It’s a nice feeling, isn’t it?

Talking of productivity, I was going to write about a whole Media Trust social media thing, but I didn’t. So I’ll do that later.

One Comment

  1. I’ve been playing around with SilverStripe and it’s not that bad at all. I remember trying Joomla and Mambo and really getting frustrated. SilverStripe, on the other hand, is dead easy.


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