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Everything you need to know about WordPress

So, you’re getting a new website developed for your Scout Group, District, County, or Campsite / Activity Centre? Here’s our complete guide.

So, you’re thinking of getting a new website developed for your Scout or Girlguiding Group, District, County, Region or Campsite / Activity Centre? One of the first things you’ll need to choose, alongside a domain name for it to use, is the content management system you’d like it to run on!

First things first: what is a content management system?

A content management system is an online website application that makes it super-easy for a user without development / coding knowledge to add, edit and manage a website and it’s content. Referred to as a CMS, nearly all websites are now using one as they make updating and managing a website so much easier, even for someone with no technical or design knowledge.

There are a huge variety of CMSs out there. These range from Microsoft based complex ASP.NET systems such as Umbraco, to PHP based systems such as Joomla, Drupal and WordPress.

If we had to pick a favourite (we might be pretty biased), we’d say WordPress. We build our websites using WordPress and the reasoning for this is down to the flexibility behind it, which allows both developer and editor to do almost anything they want. The amount of support on the internet is huge, so if you’re ever stuck, a quick Google will reveal that someone else has had exactly the same problem before! Not only this, but 20% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress – impressive!

Here are a few things that you can do with a WordPress website developed by us:

  • Create, edit and delete pages easily
  • Manage navigation menus using a drag-and-drop tool
  • Create multiple users with different privileges – great if you’d like Young Leaders or other Leaders to help out
  • Upload images, videos and documents to the media gallery, to use anywhere on your website
  • Add news, events, gallery photos and other items in just a few quick clicks
  • Optimise the website for search engines using page titles and meta descriptions
  • Log in from your smart phone or tablet using the WordPress app and upload content when you’re out and about
  • Customise your site using editable menus

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