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Remember Your Audience…and Your Administrators

Posted by Jeremy Paris on January 4, 2011

There are many solutions for creating a website.  For quite some time now I’ve been going back and forth between SharePoint,  Drupal, and iWeb for sites that I’ve created.  Although I like Drupal, I’ve noticed that when I hand that site over to the person that I’ve made it for, sometimes what seems simple to me is scary to the non-geeks of the world.

When I write, I am always aware of who my audience is.  When I create a site, I am also aware of my audience…but until now it has been limited only to the viewers of the site and not the administrator of the site.  If it is confusing to update or even add content to a site, then there is a good chance that it won’t happen.  Stale content was fine five or ten years ago, but not today.  Fresh content keeps people coming back to your site.

This brings me to WordPress.  I have been using it for years to do simple sites like this just to give me a very quick outlet to blog about something, but I never thought of it as anything more than that.  A lot has changed apparently.  Like Drupal, it is open source, AND has a large community behind it that create, maintain, and update plugins and widgets constantly.  So much has changed since I dove into it last.  You can do e-commerce, galleries, ads, have user-roles, etc.  I wouldn’t say that it is as powerful as Drupal…but I will say that it is a heck of a lot easier.  Not only easier to build, but a lot easier to administer.  Heck, you can even post to your blog directly from Microsoft Word 2007.  Even a non-geek can keep their content fresh using that method.

Now, what will I be creating next with WordPress?  Subscribe to this blog and you will find out.

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