If you’re going to stand a chance of getting your name out there, having a website is a must. But it’s expensive and time consuming to develop one, right? Wrong! Richard Wallwork - manager at New Era Trust - tells us how WordPress is one digital tool they simply couldn’t do without.
Why did you look for this tool in the first place? What did you need help with?
I needed an easy and free way to put a website and blog together which would provide a focal point for the organisations we work with.
How did you find out about the tool?
I was using another tool called MoonFruit at the time but Wordpress was recommended by William Perrin from Talk about Local at a Community Capacity Builders conference last year. He said that the tool was as good if not better than MoonFruit so I thought I’d give it a try.
What is this tool for?
Website building and blogging
What do you use it for?
To get a basic website and blog to feature the work my Community Hub is carrying out in the local area.
Why has this tool been useful to you?
It allows you to promote what you’re doing to various stakeholders in the community very easily. It also allows you to share information between projects quickly and easily. It’s a useful tool to keep a track of what you’ve been doing. I sometimes look back at my blogs if i’m putting a report together or applying for funding because they’re such a good record of our work.
What have been the benefits of using this tool to you?
There’s a blog about almost anything these days and we didn’t want to be left behind! The benefit of wordpress is that you can search for blogs which other people have done so it’s great for new ideas.
Being able to add videos and pictures to the blogs means that they really come alive and make them more appealing to readers. It’s a great way to share your experiences with other people.
Another benefit of this tool is the comment function. Anyone can ask you questions or give you feedback which I find very useful.
Is there any cost attached to using this tool?
There’s no cost. You can pay if you would like your blog or website to be featured on their main website though.
Are there any online tutorials available?
There are lots of resources available. Talk About Local are happy to help as they champion the tool, and the Wordpress help area is excellent - they have a Q&A section with lots of volunteer developers on hand to answer questions.
Did this tool need much of your time to set up at the beginning?
No it was really simple and easy to set up and it’s very simple to update. You can get to grips with the basics in an hour. You can do it on smart phones and laptops when you’re out and about too.
Are there any limitations to using this tool?
I haven’t found any. it does everything I want it to do and more!