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  • Hi there,

    First, I had serious doubts where this belonged…

    We are considering making a new website in WP, but have a few doubts.

    Some history: 6 years ago we made a website and plunged for Joomla as there was better multilingual support. We bought a theme and had it modified by the company that had made it and were happy with the result.

    However, some of the parts (notably menus) were specific to the original theme and later abandoned by the provider. This became a problem when PHP was updated by our hosting company and we are now forced to run an ancient version of that until I have the time to substitute the menu modules.

    We would hope to avoid that situation again. What to look out for when selecting theme, plugins, etc?


    • This topic was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Jan Dembowski.
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  • Moderator Steven Stern (sterndata)


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    Look for a history of support — check for change logs, support topics, etc to see if the developer has been and is currently engaged in the theme or plugin and whether there have been updates on some regular basis over time. Past history may not be a predictor of future engagement, but it’s probably the best we have. Also, of course, look at number of active installations. Developers are more likely to stay with products that are being used.

    Anyhow, going six years before hitting a wall is a good run, and you should assume you’ll be doing some sort of refresh on your site every few years anyway.

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