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Advice Needed: Convert site to WordPress? (3 posts)

  1. ndisdabest333
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi all --

    I call upon the collective wisdom of this forum to help me answer a rather basic, but important question I am facing with a site I will shortly be turning over to a few novice web programmers.

    The site can be found at lvyankeefanclub.com and is the official site of a New York Yankees fan club. Despite the name, it's basically a local charity that helps out other local charities. Currently, the site is static with a few basic PHP elements to pull in RSS feeds and what not.

    In the next few months, I'll be transitioning this over to some other people who are beginners in terms of web development. I was thinking that I could install WordPress and customize a theme so that it looks less like a blog, and more like the site that exists now -- the logic is that this would keep things orderly, process-oriented, and require minimal HTML knowledge.

    But, I don't know if it'd be a good fit. Perhaps that's entirely my problem to figure out, and I know that it is, but I was wondering if anyone could offer some suggestions to give me a hand. I'd like to make the best decision moving forward, but I'm unsure as to what I should do.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Joni
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    First of all, go Yankees!

    There's no reason on earth why you cannot use WP to drive this site. The links at the top can be WP Pages. There are many plugins that can do things such as provide an event calendar, polls, etc.

    There doesn't appear to be a need for ecommerce, but even so, there are WP plugins that afford a rudimentary payment processing service via PayPal, which most folks are familiar with and know how to use.

    There is even a plugin that manages user rights and privileges. So the one with the most knowledge can be in charge and some of the others can be prevented from accessing more dangerous parts of the backend and can be restricted to simply creating posts or pages and editing their own posts and pages.

    Further to that, there is a plugin that holds posts in a queue pending editorial review.

    So you see, WP is very flexible and a boon to a site such as this one.

    So, I say go full speed ahead. And if these baby web developers run into trouble, just point them here!

    Best of luck on the transition.

  3. ndisdabest333
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    jonimueller --

    Thanks for the reply. That's my thinking as well. I'm an experienced developer -- the people taking over are not.

    I'm going to look into this and make it happen. If you have any specific suggestions, feel free to email me at radio [at] lvyankeefanclub [dot] com.

    Thanks again!

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