Do we 'do' WordPress?

Well, there’s a good question!

As most of our websites need the levels of massive flexibility for the positioning of blocks of information on different pages and in different locations on that page, we have generally used the Joomla content management system (CMS). The fact that we often need to add a chunk of information in any position we wish on any page that we desire is so well handled by Joomla’s modular framework that it is the logical decision to use it instead of WordPress. That doesn't mean to say that WordPress is not a valid option for some blogging and medium-sized websites. In fact, we have seen some fairly significant scale corporate websites running WordPress!

Yes, we do support WordPress and we have built and adapted sites in the past which use that particular content management system. A site running WordPress is very easy to create - there are endless numbers of templates, many of which are free with even more at a very low cost - so, within a matter of an hour or two you could find yourself with a website for the most simple of situations.

Many WordPress themes are very elegant and do offer levels of flexibility in terms of visibility of content. So, if all you need is a website with the same type of information across most pages, then WordPress will probably be ideal for you. Just like Joomla, online support through services such as YouTube and Lynda.com are available in abundance and this means that you can start running your own website at administration level quite quickly.

How do we support WordPress?

Well, all of our hosting platforms, regardless of the provider that we use, always offer support for WordPress. The installation is almost automatic so the deployment of WordPress website is pretty much a case of was flicking a switch for the basic, empty, WordPress site to be up and running. Once the site is visible, it is then a matter of applying a template which fits the business in question. You can look around and find a template which you like and we can install it for you. From there, it is a case of adding pages or posts to create your blogging site or, if designed as such, website with blog features.

The additional plug-ins will give even further which experiences to your WordPress website though the compatibility of some of these plug-ins has to be tested before being installed in order to ensure you don't compromise the stability or security of your site.

WordPress, due to its huge popularity, is very easy to use but can become somewhat unwieldy if there are a large number of pages created. The menu features are pretty good in our opinion that can be confusing for the beginner; we guess that's where our support plan comes into play!
Remember that WordPress was created initially as a blogging and content driven website so if choosing WordPress is your way forward it should tell you that blogging should be one of your core reasons for doing so! It's a fantastic blogging platform, and that there is no doubt!

Why might you change to WordPress?

Well, if you are unhappy with your small  to medium sized existing blogging site and would like to switch across to a solid, dependable and well understood content management system, WordPress is probably a great place to start. If you want to manage the whole thing yourself, with no dependency at all on third-party agencies, WordPress can also be a good fit. If you want to update your website by virtue of a mobile or tablet device, WordPress is well supported in the marketplace to make that happen. These are just a few of the reasons why WordPress may be good for you.

We can’t necessarily say that it is as hugely flexible as Joomla, and it is often difficult and time-consuming to create special tools to allow widgets within the WordPress system to be displayed wherever you want them to be but WordPress does give you that fantastic first step into a website that you can look after yourself in a self-contained manner.

At the end of the day, we believe that WordPress is perhaps a little more intuitive than Joomla, but the “sophistication” and extensive development of Joomla components, plug-ins and modules allows it to be a much more versatile system for larger and more complex, demanding website.

So, yes, we do support WordPress, we love it as much as we do Joomla, and we'll be happy to help you on your journey to that destination if you need us!

Our Blog...

We blog from time to time when there is something worth blogging about! We look at how schools change how they use their websites and how we can respond to those changes and when we have something really interesting to say, we will! Thanks for reading!

Latest News

August 21, 2020

Ditch paper-based newsletters? Surely not?

Since the emergence of wordprocessing and desktop publishing, schools have sent out newsletters in Microsoft Word or Publisher to parents in hardcopy or electronically. And the timing of those newsletters differs from weekly to once per term, so we often get quite a varied response when we ask how these schools deal with the newsletter problem.

August 29, 2018

Social Networks - thoughts for Schools

If I had a pound for every head teacher who said they were worried about using the leading social media platforms "Twitter" and "Facebook" I think I would have £45.00, or perhaps more. The main fears are that, let's call them, 'certain users' will take advantage of the ability to publically post comments as a way to complain or, even worse, be abusive or threatening toward the school or its staff. From experience, such behaviour is rare but when it does happen the implications for the school can be significant, calling up all manner of policies like complaints, greivances, acceptable use,  safeguarding and more.

August 21, 2020

What's a decent school blog page look like?

I am often asked this question when primary schools start blogging. Essentially, the question stems from a fear of the unknown but experience has shown that teachers make excellent bloggers and there is a good reason for this. Teachers know what is happening in their classrooms, better than anyone else.

September 16, 2020

Statutory Information for school websites

Schools often ask us if there is a prescribed set of information which has to be provided in order to be compliant with government legislation. This legislation was established in September 2012 and continues to evolve as regulatory demands change. Occasionally, local authorities will make recommendations for additional content to be shown on your school website. This is further compounded by the demands of schools within a diocesan setting. Please refer to your local setting for this guidance.

August 25, 2019

The beauty of Open Source

We like to 'bang on' about Open Source (OS). The very nature of OS software (or hardware) creates significant benefits for us and for our customers because it reduces 'time to market' for our websites and also drives cost out of the business model. Why make things from scratch if OS offers low cost but highly functional software as a way to build websites and online applications.

August 24, 2019

Do we 'do' WordPress?

Well, there’s a good question!

As most of our websites need the levels of massive flexibility for the positioning of blocks of information on different pages and in different locations on that page, we have generally used the Joomla content management system (CMS). The fact that we often need to add a chunk of information in any position we wish on any page that we desire is so well handled by Joomla’s modular framework that it is the logical decision to use it instead of WordPress. That doesn't mean to say that WordPress is not a valid option for some blogging and medium-sized websites. In fact, we have seen some fairly significant scale corporate websites running WordPress!