WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for content management. Used by over 12% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites, WordPress is the most popular CMS in use today.
Like most open-source software, WordPress has a huge community and much resource is available including a huge library of free template design layouts, free widgets, free plugins and much more. Take a look at these now. There are over 1000 template designs alone and any one could be your website! And you heard me right, they’re free!
However it does require some programming knowledge to set up and customise. This is where ActorCV comes in. After helping you purchase your own domain and server space, ActorCV will install the WordPress software on your own server, customise existing templates in design and feature and help administrate the site.
So why a WordPress site?
Because it was designed for blogging, a WordPress site has a great capacity for interaction.
- Each site can have individual access accounts, as many as you like – useful if you’re a company. Each individual access account can be assigned a level of permission as to what they can access and alter on the website. ActorCV will be the Main Admin (which can access all areas)
- Depending on a users permission level, they can add media, pages and posts to the website.
- Adding posts to a website is great with a Latest News page. This site has such a page which keeps the site fresh, current and valid.
- Visitors to the site can leave comments on any page you allow them.
- Plugins and widgets allow you to include on your site everything you may want on your site… too many to mention here.
And don’t worry if you’re not too computer literate. Your access account can be as simple or as complex as you decide. All accounts can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, which is ideal if you’re on tour or location!
Here is an article I wrote for a recently completed WordPress site.Angela Bull when she approached me to redesign her theatre production company’s website. They have a new show coming out in early 2011 and so were keen to ensure that not only was the website up and presentable but also that logistics were in place for mailouts, feedback and updates. The new site not only boasts a great new original look and logo for the company which will be used through future media outputs, but also the ability to update the site for themselves from remote locations such as mobile phones and communal computers, and have those updates relate to their other online presences such as Facebook.
Check out the site at www.epsilonproductions.co.uk