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[resolved] Is WordPress good for this type of website? (4 posts)

  1. Emil
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    This is only the second time I've built a website and I'd like a more experienced persons opinion. The type of website I'm building is not really going to be blog-oriented. It's a deafblind association and it will probably only have a small amount of visitors. It will have the following features:

    • News/latest news (the latter on the front page)
    • Guest book (for writing greetings to the association)
    • Gallery
    • Newsletter
    • Summaries of meetings
    • (Forum)
    • "Become a member" submission form

    I'll probably be able to figure out how to implement these features in WordPress and I dont't think building the site is going to be a problem however I'm curious as of how websites like these are usually built. My biggest worry is maintenance because how much is required compared to other CMSs? Is WordPress the optimal system to use? I'm planning for the client to be doing all the content updates (news, newsletter, summaries and gallery) but could the client also do the updating of plugins and WordPress core or would I need to spend time doing that and how frequently? Also are there any things I should be aware of (like using child-themes)?

    Given that I dont't not much about HTML, CSS etc. or any other CMSs but I'm able to do the necessary modifications in WordPress are there any alternatives that would be better if I took the time to learn them?

    That was A LOT of questions! :)
    I hope you can help.
    Thanks.

  2. Andrew
    Forum moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    As you don't know much about HTML and CSS, I would advise you stick with WordPress. WordPress doesn't always stick to blogging. The amount of plugins on WordPress.org show its full functionality. I don't think you should base choosing a CMS on your website's theme, but the CMS' usability aspects. Is it easy, efficient and effective to use?

  3. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Based on your requirements, WordPress can easily be your CMS. Some of those features are available right out-of-the box while others would need a plugin. None of them require any coding, just simple configurations.

    As for maintenance, WordPress is actually a very low burden, even for non-techies. Your client could be trained on performing many of the basic updates (e.g. clearing spam, updating plugins) but you may want someone somewhat tech-savvy to do more advanced tasks (e.g. backups if you want).

    Some of the WordPress alternatives, like Joomla and Drupal, would require a steeper learning curve and may not necessarily give you more than what you need.

  4. Emil
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you very much for clarifying that guys! I appreciate the help. That was what I was hoping as well. Awesome!

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