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Old 09-05-2013, 07:10   #41
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How tech-savvy do you have to be to run a wordpress? Not the best with these things, so for me it has to be baby steps. I found http://website.1and1.co.uk/edit-website-content and was wondering if anyone's heard anything about it? Would it be better suited for a newbie?
Hi taylor - it all depends on what type of website you want to create, and whether it's for personal or business - blog, photos/travel, small business, ecommerce. The link you quoted does seem a bit expensive for what you get, and will probably lock you in.

Maybe you can start off with a free Wordpress.com site for a few weeks to see how it works. Then if you get on with it OK, all your skills can get transferred to your own .COM on your own self-hosted site.

And before dipping into your wallet, you could try these too - many work via a "freemium" business model - give you standard features for free, in the hope that a % will upgrade later to pro features -
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:14   #42
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How tech-savvy do you have to be to run a wordpress? Not the best with these things, so for me it has to be baby steps. I found http://website.1and1.co.uk/edit-website-content and was wondering if anyone's heard anything about it? Would it be better suited for a newbie?
If you use Vidahosts there is a one button install of Wordpress which is very easy to do. I think hosting is about £17.00 a year, which means you could have a go at a Wordpress site for very little money. If you mess it up then you can uninstall it and just reinstall using their one button stuff as well.

Give it a go, you'll soon get to grips with it and if you need a hand someone here will be able to help.
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Here are 2 excellent recent articles for anyone looking for a new theme, or reading up on WP frameworks -

The Exhaustive ManageWP Guide to WordPress Theme Frameworks
Not personal experiences unfortunately - is there anyone that could have seriously demo'd all these ? - but a very good roundup.

120 Free WordPress Themes from Premium Theme Developers
Something I've not seen pulled together like this before - a great resource listing all the free themes being given away by many of the popular developers - with decent screenshots too, so an image heavy page. Bookmarked.
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Thanks driver8, massive help!
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You too ljp
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:49   #46
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10 Top Free WordPress eCommerce Themes - Very useful starting point here for setting up an online shop -

Vaultpress - And a headsup about Wordpress/Automattic's very own backup system that's been around for a couple of years - a new budget pricing plan of just $5/site/month.
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We know lots of you would like to use VaultPress for site backups, but need a lower price point. Today, we’re happy to announce the new Lite plan for VaultPress. Priced at $5 per month, it makes reliable backups accessible for sites big and small.

The VaultPress Lite plan provides all the fundamentals you need to keep your awesome content safe and sound:
  • Daily backups that happen automatically, so you can focus on creating, not logistics.
  • Automated site restores, so you can restore your entire site with a single click.
  • Thirty days of saved backups, so you can go back in time to restore the last clean version of your site.
As with our other VaultPress plans, backups include your WordPress database tables, plugins, themes, and uploads. You’ll also have access to our support staff — we call ‘em Happiness Engineers — should you need one-on-one assistance.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:18   #47
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Apols for the cross-post, mods, but this is well worth a look (and it's an affid) -
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Posts - By Pico - This is very niche blogging software - but get it whilst it's free -

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Wordpress - build your own website - howto, tips & links - beginners to advanced

If I have several places on a page where I need to frequently change text (like a banner or updates box), what's the best plugin to do this?

Don't say a text widget as I would ideally not want the user to touch the widget area as they can potentially delete other ones.
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Hi KeyserSoze - from what you describe, I can't imagine there's an easy 1-plugin solution.

Generally, I'm reaching the conclusion that it's best to keep all users away from WP entirely, unless you limit them to a customised stripped down admin page !

For updates, why not get them to post to FB/twitter, and pull in the feeds using something like Tint - easy to use admin panel, and looks very nice out of the box. If you have competent end users but still want them away from WP,
Storify is very powerful for writing articles (although I've not tried this myself yet - I use it for content curation).

If those are no good, another idea is to use a few different text plugins, and limit user access to them individually - Top Five User Roles and Capabilities Plugins for WordPress
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Thanks driver8. The FB/Twitter suggestion sounds like a bit of a workaround and not great on a user experience level. Ideally I'd like a form on the backend to allow an editor to post directly to the banner/box.

Was going to try and create my own plugin but the whole hook and filter thing just seemed alien to me!
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sure it's a workaround, but an excellent one imo - zero development, the writer already has the required skills, and the feed looks v.attractive as both a sidebar or as a full page - see here - TINT clients - demo page or if you have a few $$ there's a similar paid plugin here from Design Chemical.
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Ok cool, I'll have a play. I don't want the text to look like a feed but maybe there are options to make it look less so.
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Are you trying to update text or an image? If its an image just create a folder for the user and give them access via FTP. Tell them to create the image and FTP it into the folder, over writing the other (you could automate this if you want) - get your site to pick it up from there.
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Text.

But trying to make it as user friendly as possible with minimal risk of breaking the site so don't want to make them admin users (required to edit the widget areas).

I did a bit of reading and I see I could create a custom options page and store the text in the wp_options table in the database. With this I'll need to find a way to pull the data and display it on a page.
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But trying to make it as user friendly as possible with minimal risk of breaking the site so don't want to make them admin users (required to edit the widget areas).

I did a bit of reading and I see I could create a custom options page and store the text in the wp_options table in the database. With this I'll need to find a way to pull the data and display it on a page.
Thats pretty easy then.

Just set them up with FTP, put the text file in the same location and use a plugin like this :

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/.../installation/

To get the text on page.
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I found a plugin that creates widgets from pages and then gave the user the access to edit those pages, but not the widget.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-in-widget/

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Which is the 'Cookie Law' widget of choice then?
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Nope - please just use Vidahost for everything - honestly, you won't regret it.
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Which is the 'Cookie Law' widget of choice then?
I thought the whole cookie law debacle was now not worth the pixels it was written in ? There's a good article here.
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Yeah, but I thought it had gone the 'soft' route. Just inform visitors you use them and what you use them for.
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