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Working with WordPress

09/17/2009 05:24 PM

This website was created using Textpattern and was built from scratch. It took me awhile to learn how to get around the CMS and feel comfortable with using forms and different code to create dynamic pages. Now I have learned my way around another CMS: WordPress.

Most people are familiar with the free blog that can be created by using WordPress' s open source blogging software. What many people do not know is that you can download their software to create your own flexible, customized website that runs off of this Content Management System. By using their CMS, you have access to many well-designed themes, plugins, and functionality.

I was hired to build a website for a new preschool in Bakersfield. The budget was small and the need urgent so I turned to Wordpress for help. After perusing the themes available, I found one that had the right "feel" for this preschool and downloaded it from Arcsin Web Templates. It was simple to customize this theme to better meet my client's needs. Once you have Wordpress installed it is amazingly simple to download different themes and instantly change the entire look of your site.

I love the Admin area of Wordpress. It is easy to use and just pretty to look at. There is a logical layout which makes it simple to navigate and update. I think a client with basic computer skills would feel comfortable working with this back-end.

One big downside to Wordpress, however, was its forum. I posted three questions in a span of 2 weeks and received 0 replies. This was disappointing since I was new to the CMS and needed to be steered in the right direction at times. Textpattern, on the other hand, has a very supportive, active, friendly, online forum which makes diving in less daunting because you don't feel like its a solo venture.

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