Wondering how to get your firm's website up and running in less than 10 minutes? Try my favorite, easy to use website tool – WordPress. A blog running WordPress (or another CMS) should be tops in any architect's arsenal of social media tools. It's worth playing around with at the very least.
To start out, you'll need a webhost – I recommend WP Engine (Personal Edition) for solo and small firms. WP Engine is the only host that offers top notch security and to fix your site if it should ever get hacked. Since most architect's aren't technical gurus and don't want to have to worry about a hacked website, go with peace of mind. Right now WP Engine offers 2 months free for signing up for a year, visit here. After that…well, just watch the video below.
After you watch the video let me know what you think! Does this work for you? P.S. Click the arrows in the lower right hand side of the video to watch full screen – you can also increase the viewing resolution for better quality.
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Great post there. I’ve been using WordPress for a while now, although I’m not an architect. I know a lot of web developers use WP to create websites and on what I hear from them, WP is easy to use, you just need to understand it’s platform.
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This is great, thank you so much for sharing all this information! I just started working at an architecture firm and I am currently working on marketing and creating an e-newsletter. But I also feel that the firm’s current website needs an upgrade. I do not have any prior experience in website design or WordPress but after reading your blog posts, I would like to give it a try to upgrade the existing website. Can you use WordPress to update and existing website and if yes, would you be able to provide and quick tips or tell me where I can access more info on this?
Awesome, you answered so many questions I’ve had in trying to learn wordpress. After reading your article proclaiming my website sucked I have been investigating the use of wordpress. Additional questions would be how do I load my own photos into the rotating header that provided in twentyeleven?
Hi Ed! With the default theme you can change the header to a static image, but it isn’t easy to replace the rotating images – that takes a little bit of backend work. The best way to do this is to start off on the right foot and choose a WordPress theme that is better suited to an architect’s website -> Like on Themeforest. Search for “portfolio” or “architect” or “photography” under “WordPress Themes” for good portfolio sites. Or on Themeforest click the menu WordPress -> Creative. This will show a HUGE list of themes that will give you a professional, custom look while also being able to integrate a blog and other social media tools (most for around $35 US – wow!). Web development has come a long way in 10 years. I love it!