How long does it take to build a blog using wordpress? (4 posts)

  1. holdsteady
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've been tasked with developing a blog for my company. It's a fun project and I'm looking forward to getting it up and running. From what I can tell, wordpress and all its plugins will allow me to do everything we want.

    I'm not skilled enough to do it myself but luckily I have a very experienced and talented IT person to help. However, I need to set some realistic deadlines with her and want to educate myself before we start the process.

    Can anyone give me a general idea of how long it would take to start a wordpress blog and add a dozen or so plugins? I've managed blog content before so this schedule would only apply to the startup. Maybe the answer to this is "it depends". In which case I'm happy to provide more details once I know what questions I should ask to get a better answer.

    What happens to the timeline if we want to design our own theme? Could a designer familiar with Dreamweaver build a theme?

    Sorry if these are dumb questions. I'm trying to educate myself!

  2. Michael Fields
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Maybe the answer to this is "it depends".

    This is completely the answer. There are so many things that you could do that it is really hard to say how long any of it will take. If you have a host woth a "one click install", then installation will be a breeze (a couple of minutes).

    What happens to the timeline if we want to design our own theme?

    It will drastically increase... Best to go with an already developed stable theme that is well support by it's author.

    Could a designer familiar with Dreamweaver build a theme?

    This is a weird question... I'm a designer familiar with Dreamweaver, but I haven't used it in about 3 years... Basically, if the designer can hand-code you have a pretty good starting point. If the designer is fluent with php + mysql - you have a very good starting point... Just don't expect to be able to use much of Dreamweaver's functionality outside of being a text editor + FTP application.

    My advice would be to figure out how you want the site to look and search for a theme that best suits your vision. Free Themes can be found here: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

    Hope this helps,

  3. Boris
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Depends is definitely the correct answer. You got to ask yourself a few questions. Do you want a normal blog like site or more something towards a cms? Can you find all the functionality you need with already existing plugins or do you need to write some yourself? Do you want to have a unique looking site or will a downloaded theme be enough? How much experience does your IT person have with PHP and MySQL? Basically it could be anything starting from half an hour up to several weeks.

    Dreamweaver doesn't have much to do with it. I use it myself, but just because I like the pretty colours of the code editor.

  4. holdsteady
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks to both of you for the answers. I figured that was the case but it's good to know for sure. The current battle plan is to more specifically outline what we want to do, and then build the timeline out from there.

    I definitely appreciate you taking the time to help.

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