I have helped various individuals and small organisations to set up their own websites / blogs. They include small local charities, clubs and local councils. I have subsequently provided sufficient training to allow them to maintain these sites.
The “look and feel” of WordPress websites is controlled by the use of themes. This particular website currently uses the Independent Publisher 2 theme which is aimed at “wordy” blogs / websites. Here are some examples of other websites that I have helped to set up:
Ascot Volunteer Bureau – uses the Twenty Sixteen theme, the 20th most popular theme.
Sunningdale Parish Council – uses Twenty Fourteen, the 5th most popular theme. It is categorised as a magazine theme.
Eton Town Council – I advised them on the best way to build their website and provided some ongoing mentoring. ETC uses the Twenty Fourteen and Cubic themes.
SADGA (Sunningdale & District Gardening Association) – uses Twenty Ten, a general purpose theme. It has been the most popular theme for a number of years now. SADGA makes heavy use of the blogging capability with a large number of pictures.
Emma King Barrister – used the Twenty Fifteen theme (12th most popular), a theme which is aimed at smaller devices such as tablets. It has now switched to the Franklin theme.
If you are a small local non-profit making organisation
… you are located in East Berkshire
… you would like your own website
… you have some experience of using office software (word processing, spreadsheets etc)
… and I consider you a worthy cause
then I can, subject to availability, help you to set up your own website and/or blog free of charge. My assumption is that, after some training and “hand-holding”, you will be able to maintain the site yourself.
Please note that the offer of free assistance refers solely to my time. There are various ways to host a WordPress website, from free to paid plans, some of which are described here. Any costs that are incurred in hosting your site will be borne by you.
If you are interested, fill in the contact form on the welcome page.
Background on WordPress Options
There are two basic flavours of WordPress. They are WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
WordPress.com is the easiest and arguably the quickest to use. It provides access to the latest version of WordPress, and it will host your content. There are various pricing plans, currently free, premium and business. They are summarised here. A fourth option is to use the free plan but purchase a custom domain – this is where you want to use a specific URL for your website rather than the default WordPress-generated URL.
WordPress allows various customisations, particularly in the form of plugins, to provide additional functionality and modified themes to change the look and feel of the site. However, it is important to note that WordPress.com does not allow such customisations.
WordPress.org provides the necessary foundation for such customisations. Here you download WordPress itself plus any plugins and themes to build your own tailored solution. The question here is where you download them to? It could be your own PC, but more likely it will be to a hosted site. The cost of this type of website will typically consist of: domain name registration, a hosting package and possibly plugins / themes (some are free and some are not).
In summary, WordPress.com is probably the best option if you want to minimise the amount of effort and expertise that is required to create and maintain a website. Alternatively, go down the WordPress.org route if it is more important to create a fully comprehensive website.
Slightly more detailed info on WordPress
If you have had a quick dabble with WordPress, or simply read some of the material which can be found on the web, then you may find that this brief document is of some help in making some basic decisions and getting you going.