I remember back many years ago when I decided to give web page design a try. I wanted to make a page for a chat friend so that she and her family could easily update the members of our chat group about the status of her premature granddaughter. I spent an entire night diligently learning basic html from a website and I utilized one of those free site places chock full of advertising, but I was quite proud of the finished product and it served its purpose.
This endeavour led me to being asked to design a webpage for our church. Because they didn't want all of the advertising the free sites contained, they opted to purchase hosting from their internet provider and I built what, in its time, was a decent site. Unfortunately, every group in the church wanted their own page but no one was willing to keep me updated on the functions and activities of their group so just the task of trying to keep such a huge site updated became daunting and cumbersome and later, when I became ill, I stopped trying all together. They eventually decided to pay their internet provider to design a less demanding, more professional page which was, in my opinion, very basic with minimal information. Apparently, it meets their needs and they are happy with it. I still laugh though when hidden components of the site I built still show up beneath their new and "improved" design. I guess somewhere, someone at their internet provider’s office forgot to remove the old before building the new on to of it ... I would have thought there would be better quality once they actually paid someone to do it but that isn't always the case.
Once my health had recovered, I decided that my husbands business needed a web presence. I had a friend who was a hosting reseller and he gave me free hosting with all of the bells and whistles including all of the free tech support I needed to learn how upload to and use the sites publishing tools. I created what I thought was my best website yet and to this day, I am still proud of it. However, as all good freebies go, my friend decided he wasn't making any money at reselling virtual property and he closed down his hosting services. I was then forced to wander off to parts unknown and find something I could utilize to get our website back online without too much hassle. I purchased hosting through our domain name provider and I hate it. I find the tools and navigation difficult to use and that makes updating it a dreaded task that I tend to procrastinate on. Of course, while I was procrastinating, the husband got tired of waiting for updates and decided to attempt it himself which wasn't a pretty situation ... I have no shopping cart, no storefront and I don't know how to put a slideshow together on it so all of the images are still displayed on endless scrolling pages. I'm not even sure if it is search engine optimized to its fullest potential. I became discouraged and frustrated.
Getting to the point (which I eventually do ...) while I was sitting here wondering what I could do to revamp our web presence and where I might be able to find something that was not only easier to work with but was sleeker and more efficient, I logged in and found Steve Strauss's new article, 6 Reasons You Should Consider WordPress for Your Website or Blog. The little ding of a bell went off in my head and I thought, "Hmmm, is this the answer?” I fully plan on heeding his recommendation and checking out WordPress to see if it will more effectively meet my needs.
So, I am wondering now, what are your thoughts about Steve's recommendation? Has anyone used WordPress for their blog or business website and if so, are you happy with its functionality? Do you have any recommendations of your own? If so, please post them in a non-spammy manner. Recommendations with some details of the perks and why you like it is fine. Advertising your services, website, business or company you use will result in your post being removed. This is, after all, a discussion, not a sales pitch.
I hope to see replies & suggestions soon!