I have been asked about creating and updating community web sites twice in the last week. So this post is to summarise some of the options.
Most low cost hosts support WordPress and Joomla via various methods usually an interface called CPanel. You can use this interface to load the product of your choice.
The Big Two
- WordPress.Org (includes links to resources, documentation, extensions)
- WordPress Themes (There are plenty of third-party sites – this is the supplier of my theme)
- WordPress PlugIns
- Joomla (includes links to resources, documentation, extensions)
- Joomla – Extensions (This link to Search related extensions)
- Joomla Themes (This is a link to a Google Search, there are a lot…)
Web Platform Installer
If you have Windows 7 or 8 you can install the Microsoft Web Platform Installer. This offers easy installing of WordPress or Joomla on your PC so you can experiment locally before committing your official site to the new platform.
Online Site builder tools
Both have Free/Trial accounts – explore thoroughly during the free/trial period to make sure you get the features you need.