This was a joint project with Mark Gotobed of Dodo Computing.
I’ve built a range of demo websites to show how little changes can alter the look of a site, even when it uses the same theme.
Long Buckby & Brington Baptist Church have a website but I added a WordPress.com blog to display the photographs taken by myself and other church members and visitors.
If self-hosted WordPress was both inexpensive and maintenance free, then I doubt I would even consider the alternatives.
What’s most likely to scare people away from using WordPress is the fear that they will lose their website if it is hacked, they make a mistake or something breaks. This is why it’s important to have a contingency plan.
You can minimise the danger of your site being hacked by keeping your plugins up to date. The WordFence plugin has a number of security features which include emails to tell you when an update is required. When you log into your WordPress dashboard you’ll be prompted to carry out the update, which is easy to do.
However, it’s impossible to 100% guarantee that your website will be safe.
Many hosts keep backups so, if something did go wrong, then your host may be able to simply replace your site with a copy taken before the problem occurred.
However, you should also be keeping your own backups in case this isn’t possible.
Squarespace has become a popular choice for people who want to build their own website. If this platform appeals to you, then I could help you set up a website using my Pick & Mix styles as a starting point.
Here are a couple of slideshows to illustrate how this might look. As always, the layout of your website would be tailored to your own requirements.
WordPress.com could be thought of as a watered down version of WordPress but in a secure, fully managed environment. Sometimes you may not need all the power and flexibility of self-hosted WordPress and would prefer not to have to maintain your website yourself.
I usually choose self-hosted WordPress when building websites for myself but, because I realise that isn’t always the best choice for everyone, I’ve set up Weebly versions of my Standard and Classic Pick & Mix website styles.