I've gotten a lot of requests for a simple tutorial on how to use the free, simple WordPress software to run an architecture firm's website. WordPress is a great option if you want a website that can be changed and updated easily. If you haven't heard of WordPress before, click here to find out more. For those who are ready to continue, I've put together this Website Quick Launch Guide to show you how you can make your own website with WordPress:
Here are the 3 steps we will cover:
- Buy a Domain
- Activate Hosting
- Customize Your New Website
Click the next section to go to step 1.
Rather than using WordPress, I’ve looked into using SquareSpace.com. They are able to integrate with Google Apps and the domain I registered when I set up my Google Apps account. SquareSpace have detailed instructions and videos detailing the steps to set up a custom domain name.
The templates on SquareSpace are all highly flexible and they are also offering more detailed developer options with their SquareSpace6 beta. Prices vary, but I’m looking at $16/month billed annually with the ‘gimme10’ offer code for a small discount.
Hi James and thanks for adding to the conversation! Yes, SquareSpace is a great option for an architect’s website, though not my personal first choice.
I have recently started using Zoho. I have found that this contact management online system works ok, it has different modules , client, contact, tasks, projects etc… and you can customise it rather easily. I find it frustrating for the lack of communication between the different modules. It is also one of the cheapest CRM around and hosted online so, available from iphones, laptops etc….
My original goal was to create a universal tool for keeping contacts and manage them efficiently. It has tons of apps although not all free. and a pay as you need system
Has anybody used it and what is the feeling overall?
Something has changed. Google Apps does not appear to have the free version, unless you’re talking about the trial version that uses firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian, you are correct! I need to update this Website for Architects guide! About 4 months ago, Google did away with the free version that they had offered for years. Users that had the free version were able to keep it (I have an account) but future users need to go with the paid version. My current recommendation is to use the paid version of Google Apps or the Microsoft 365 cloud service that has a similar and competitive pricing structure. Microsoft Office 365 Premium is $12.50 US per user and includes the popular Microsoft Office Software suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc). Here is the link: Microsoft Office 365 Premium. The Google App version is $5.00 US per user can be found here. Thanks for catching this, I’ll update the post soon!