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rp says

Hi, please excuse my ignorance, but I have a very newbie question.

I have found a html template that I like and would suit my photography portfolio perfectly, but the Author will be releasing and Wordpress version in the next few weeks. Now I know my way around simple HTML and dreamweaver, but have never touched WP. My question is what are the pros and cons of WP and is it worth learning? I have always though that WP was mostly for blogs, but more and more I see entire websites using WP.

Really like to know your thoughts.

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Pixelworkshop says

Hi, I think it also depends on your project, I mean if you need let’s say 3 static pages, html is enough. If you need functionality, lots of content to publish, then WP is a good solution. I’m just beginning using WP so I don’t know it enough to give you advices, that’s my actual point of view.

You can run a local server, install WP, upload some random theme and give it a try, you’ll see how fast you can publish your content :)

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OurWebMedia says

WordPress is definitely worth learning!

Find a hosting company (if you don’t have one already) that supports PHP . Best choice would be to find one that specifically hosts WordPress, perhaps one that already has it Pre-Installed so there are no stresses during setting up and installing.

It offers great administrative features. Easy management for you to maintain your website, easy as pie. Take a look at the many WordPress templates here and its as simple as purchasing, downloading and unpacking the purchased zip file. Follow the instructions for setting up the WordPress template provided by the author.

There’s tons of great books out there and if you look back on the forums here, you’ll see this question and many similar discussions will help you in familiarizing yourself with WordPress and why it would most definitely benefit you.

Hope I’ve helped. Best of luck in your decision. I’m sure many others here will have better answers to help :)

Be sure to search this on Google for a variety of answers to your question. I definitely think WordPress is a positive move from HTML in many ways.

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OurWebMedia says
Hi, I think it also depends on your project, I mean if you need let’s say 3 static pages, html is enough. If you need functionality, lots of content to publish, then WP is a good solution. I’m just beginning using WP so I don’t know it enough to give you advices, that’s my actual point of view. You can run a local server, install WP, upload some random theme and give it a try, you’ll see how fast you can publish your content :)

See, much better answer than me :) I tried. But you do make a perfect point. Depends on the purpose of the website.

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jeffeatworld says

Depends on if the theme is content heavy, if it is then go with Wordpress. If you have say one page that holds all your photos then html is the way to go.

To be perfectly honest, it’s so cheap to buy both that I’d buy the HTML version first and if you find you need a little extra then go for the Wordpress version.

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rp says

Thank you for all your replies, very much appreciated.

I think the best way to judge is to jump in and see for myself.

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Wex says

I think you’ll find that for a photographer, Wordpress is going to be a very difficult tool to use. It’s really more of a content-based script, meant for blogging. It certainly simplifies many tasks for a website, it’s just a lot more time consuming than most projects need to be. Personally, I’d stick with HTML , and have someone build you a $5 tool in PHP that lets you upload new images to the portfolio.

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