The WE Networking group is active in the Thames valley and has plans to expand to the Solent and Wales areas. Their current site was hard to maintain and used an external Events Management system for booking onto events.
Malcolm Ward, the founder of the group was looking for something that he could maintain himself and add more events as the group expanded. He also wanted to add new features such as a publication archive and a blog.
By using WordPress, Malcolm now has complete control over the site. Events can be managed within the site using calendars and location maps. Bookings can now be made on the site rather than through the third party system.
There is also a membership registration system and a publications archive which is only viewable by logged in members. Future plans include integration with a email newsletter and more member only features.
To see the site check out www.we-network.co.uk. If you are interested in joining, click on the Join Us button. Meetings are 3rd Thursday of every month.
Many of you are probably familiar with or associate WordPress as a blogging platform. But could it be used as a regular Content Management System (or CMS) for regular sites?
The answer is a definite yes. And to prove it, take a look at the site I have just completed for a local health adviser on eating disorders. The existing site had not been updated for ages due to the difficulties involved in doing even simple text changes. By moving the site to a WordPress platform, the editing process is now as easy as editing a word document. New pages can easily be added and organized. And the future potential is potentially limitless: the first new feature will be a blog page (obviously!) and possibly a newsletter sign-up tool linked in to an email distribution system such as Campaign Manager.
Some of the other advantages of using WordPress as a CMS are:
- It’s free! It is supplied as shareware under the GNU distribution license.
- There are thousands of useful plug-in features which have been developed and contributed to the software. If you can think of something useful the basic software doesn’t do, it is highly likely someone has already done it.
- There are many themes that you can use to provide the look and feel for your site. Many are free and more professional themes can be purchased from professional designers, often for less than $100.
- Google seems to love WordPress sites and will soon be crawling all over it to index it.
If you have a static site you would like to get under control, or a new site that you would like to have complete control over, WordPress is an ideal candidate. If you are interested in learning more about how WordPress could liberate your web presence, give us a call.
I have just finished the relaunch of a site I first developed over 3 years ago for Treasury Management International. The site owner Robin Page wanted to take the existing site to the next level in order to build on the 50 thousand plus visitors he was getting a month.
For the redesign I collaborated with local design agency Greenfisher who provided a fresh, clean new look to the site. Some of the new technical features added were:
- JQuery Carousels for publications
- Live Twitter feed on home page
- Video page with links to companion BFTV site
- Use of SEO Friendly URLs to improve search engine indexing of the site