Options for Creating or Upgrading a Community Web Site

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



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.


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