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Standard User cheshire_man
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 15-Feb-17 16:20:17
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Web site creating software - beginner's questions


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We want to revamp our church's web site to make it more modern and friendly.

I currently do it in HTML with a little Java and server-side PHP. My knowledge of such is - currently - pretty limited. We have a perfectly satisfactory hosting service and although we don't want to change we'd prefer not to be constrained to use a particular host if realistic.

Essentially the way I work is that all the coding is done on my PC, then the various pages are uploaded via FTP to the site. I also have a web server running on my PC so I can fully simulate the web site for test purposes. Whether that approach is feasible with some sort of building software I donít know.

Iíve just been reading about Wix, and other web site builders. As we have a perfectly satisfactory Ė and paid for Ė hosting service it seems a shame to have to move. And their solutions are more expensive than we're currently paying for our site hosting.

I guess the possibilities include:
* Moving to a Wix type solution, and thus moving our site, domain, etc to them.
* Finding some relatively inexpensive free-standing web site building software. Would prefer not to use WordPress.

In the case of the latter to what extent can development and testing be carried out off-line?

I realise that my thinking is undoubtedly muddled but, at this stage, I don't yet understand enough about the options to necessarily ask the right questions.

I'd appreciate some help in thinking things through and, if possible, finding suitable software.

Tony
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Standard User micksharpe
(legend) Wed 15-Feb-17 19:20:18
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Re: Web site creating software - beginner's questions


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WordPress is probably the most straightforward option:

Pros:
  • Almost all hosting companies support it
  • Written using PHP (which you seem to know)
  • Small footprint
  • Content can be added out of the box - you can worry about theming and additional functionality later
  • Easy to manage - good control of user privileges
  • Easy to keep up-to-date
  • Free themes are readily available
  • A lot of themes have flexible layout and will work with mobile devices
  • Easy to switch most themes
  • Themes can be modified
  • Sub-themes can be created (so that you don't have to modify main themes)
  • Plenty of free plugins are available (but beware security issues)
  • You can use WordPress's free hosting (if you don't mind a limited choice of themes and plugins)
  • You don't have to worry about security issues if you use WordPress's own hosting
  • There are plenty of tutorials and books available
  • You can test and develop WordPress sites (and most other frameworks) on your own PC (I do)
Cons:
  • Unlike new posts, there is no facility for submitting edits to posts for review (this is my main bugbear)
  • WordPress can be insecure and must be kept up-to-date (but then what software isn't?)
  • Plugins can be insecure and must be kept up-to-date
  • It can be hard to find suitable themes (because there are so many)
Unfortunately, I have have no experience with other web frameworks (except for Ruby on Rails, which has a steep learning curve and is very resource-intensive).

There are plenty of content management systems out there (WordPress is specifically aimed at creating weblogs). Two well-established content management systems (not just for blogging) written in PHP are:
  • Joomla!
  • Drupal
Unfortunately, I know almost nothing about them.

Edited by micksharpe (Thu 16-Feb-17 01:07:42)

Standard User tonym
(member) Thu 16-Feb-17 18:23:08
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I would second WordPress. Extremely easy to use and you do not have to use it as a Blog

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Standard User kasg
(knowledge is power) Fri 17-Feb-17 19:20:49
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In reply to a post by cheshire_man:
* Finding some relatively inexpensive free-standing web site building software.

Relatively inexpensive to the extent of being completely free:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.asp...

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Standard User Ancient_Mariner
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Mon 06-Mar-17 23:07:46
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Tsohost offer free hosting if you are a registered charity. (10GB Web Space, 150GB Bandwidth, I Hosted Website, 5 mailboxes, Linux & Windows OS, Wordpress included too) All they ask in return is a small banner on the site to show their support.

Cheers!

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Standard User kasg
(knowledge is power) Tue 07-Mar-17 17:11:49
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Much as I love TSOHOST, that isn't actually relevant to the query.

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