Steve and I have been working on Newfangled’s first WordPress site!
Instead of using Newfangled’s own Content Management System (CMS) as a base for this site, we’re using the popular WordPress platform. WP is a well-known free blogging service and open source CMS.
A little info on WordPress, from WordPress.org/about:
“WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 5 web site without paying anyone a license fee.
About WordPress.orgOn this site you can download and install a software script called WordPress. To do this you need a web host who meets the minimum requirements and a little time. WordPress is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything. There is also a service called WordPress.com which lets you get started with a new and free WordPress-based blog in seconds, but varies in several ways and is less flexible than the WordPress you download and install yourself.”
If you’re interested in starting your own WP site, here’s more information on the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com:
- WordPress.com Support: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
- Expand2Web.com: WordPress.org vs WordPress.com – Which One Should I Use?
- Blogger Help: WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com pros and cons
Also, the WordPress site offers some great resources for working with their platform.
Meanwhile, our new WP site is nearing the end of the whitescreen phase – most of the functionality is in place, and it’s time for the client to start entering content. Since this is our first venture into WordPress territory, Steve and I have been busy learning the ins and outs of the CMS. Things that we do every day on our Newfangled CMS sites are handled in a completely different way on a WP site, so the most time-consuming part has been determining how certain functions translate between the two platforms. Fortunately, our clients have no prior experience with our other CMS, so they won’t have to jump the same hurdles when learning WordPress.