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Is WordPress as easy/non-coding/WYSIWYG as iWeb

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Dec 9, 2010 7:07 PM
I am looking into using WordPress. I went to wordpress.org, and saw all sorts of scary pages full of codes lines.

Does anyone have experience using WordPress? Can it be used by non-tech people, or would I be getting in over my head?
  • apptorial Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    Dec 9, 2010 7:53 PM (in response to RH1)
    I would only recommend a non-techy to use wordpress if they were going to use it hosted by them (wordpress) and only if you just want to add content in the form of blog posts.

    Otherwise you may find it a bit too advanced.
  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (9,680 points)
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    Dec 10, 2010 12:21 AM (in response to RH1)
    If you want to use WordPress, then it is WordPress.com that you want and not WordPress.org - they are two different things.

    WordPress.org is for use if you already have an established domain name and hosting and you need to load this onto your server with a database - this can be done on servers such as GoDaddy etc.

    If you want something easy that is published by WordPress itself, then take a look at WordPress.com. You can set up a website and a blog that is easily customisable and all you need to do is log into your account and you can alter anything online. You just choose a name and when you publish you will have your chosen name.wordpress.com. It is also possible to add your domain name to this.

    Take a look at http://www.wordpress.com and see what you think - it is not too complex and may be the alternative you are looking for with lots of different templates etc.
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  • Koeklin Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
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    Dec 10, 2010 1:03 AM (in response to RH1)
    Bonjour

    To my knowledge, wordpress.com is easy but very limited (template and plugin). Frustating...

    Wordpress (wordpress.org) can be used without code knowledge, so it isn't so difficult, but its install is not obvious for a beginner ( you need to install it without understand a lot). There's a lot of tutorials on the web.


    There 's a lot of things that can be done by Wordpress and not by iWeb (e.g. several co-writers on Mac or PC). Try it, it's my advice. You can install [MAMP|http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html] to make your first tests of Wordpress on your Mac.

    You need knowledge of HTML and CSS to make your own template.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Alancito Level 6 Level 6 (10,770 points)
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    Dec 11, 2010 3:55 AM (in response to RH1)
    An alternative to WordPress is the free, web-based Posterous. Blog entries there can be created via email or a browser on a Mac or PC. Group sites with multiple contributors can also be created — see this video:



      http://help.posterous.com/introducing-group-sites-tutorial#more


    Another free, web-based option is weebly.com which works via drag & drop in a browser on a Mac or PC. Anyone knowing the username & password can share in the updating of the site. Weebly includes a basic blog capability — see this support page:

    http://help.weebly.com/blogs--forums.html


    And here are some more links to just a few of the other features Weebly provides:

    Sub-Pages
    _Photo Slideshows_
    _Photo Galleries_
    E-commerce
    _Visitor Stats & Search Engine Optimization_
    _Mobile phone friendly_

    Also, in Google's Chrome browser, Weebly's web app icon can be set up to open Weebly in +*full screen*+ mode and logged in ready for editing your site:



    Weebly Launches as a Featured Chrome Web Store App

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