My wife has asked me to set her up with a new website. As part of this process, she’d like all of the images and artwork from her old website moved over. Since she has not used the old website in quite some time, there is quite a bit of work to be done. So far, I’ve upgraded the Gallery1 install to Gallery2 on her old website. Now it’s time to set up the new website and start getting ready for the move.
I am quite familiar with WordPress. I run several blogs using WordPress and WordPressMU, ideally using one of these applications for her site would make my life much easier. I don’t mind learning new tools, but WordPress is still being actively developed and is widely supported by many developers. Additionally, the population of WordPress sites means that Search Engines should have no issues indexing her site.
WordPress, in a nutshell, is blogging software. The basic functionality can be extended using plugins that are developed by WordPress themselves and/or third parties. Many of the plugins I use are developed by a volunteer community. These volunteers do not require you to pay for their plugins, many ask that if you use it you donate back to them . The developers do sometimes stop development for very long periods, which can be a problem if a new version of WordPress comes out and their plugin doesn’t work. Sometimes the volunteers have lives, lose interest or in some cases decide the time and effort they put into a plugin is not worth the return. I personally feel that if you depend on a plugin for the operation of your site, make a donation and let the developer know how much you appreciate what they do.
So let’s get to the WordPress installation. If you’re like me, you probably have someone else host your websites. Most modern web hosts offer something like “On-Click Installs” and frequently WordPress is included in the list of installations they offer. This is, by far, the easiest way to get a clean install of WordPress up and running. The “On-Click Installs” often allow you to automatically upgrade your installation if a new version comes out. This makes life very easy.