These days, if you are thinking of making a web page you can do all you need right from your browser window, no other tools are needed. If you hire someone like me to setup a Content Management System (CMS) then all you have to do is enter its administration, and add a page or post. What you are reading here right now is done with a program called Wordpress.
Wordpress is an Open Source program that lets you choose a Theme for the site’s appearance and then you write your pages or posts for its content. It is used widely so there are thousands of themes available both at no cost and for a charge. Also there are thousands of Plugins to choose from to add capabilities such as calendars, lists, photos and more to your site.
Using Wordpress is my first recommendation to anyone starting to enter the world of creating web pages.
As a consultant for WordPress web hosting I will always recommend keeping your site as up to date as possible as falling behind can cause the site and worse, my host to be hacked by known problems, unnecessary problems.
But the update to WordPress version 5 has been a hot topic as it changes to a new editor, and change is scary. Personally I like the new editor, it uses blocks for all its elements and (theoretically) requires less knowledge of HTML. But it is different and is a change.
I ‘manage’ all the sites I host for others that is I do the updating and I have chosen to go ahead with version 5 but am keeping the old editor in all the sites.
If I am your host and you would rather use the new Gutenberg editor you need only activate its plugin from your Admin Plugin page. Or if you prefer, contact me and I’ll activate it for you and help you through understanding how to use it.
Websites I host are all updated to version 7+ now, but many are using a PHP version that is going to be dropped at the end of the year. If you have a website and don’t know if you are in trouble with this issue ask your host, or check your self. I recommend the Chrome addin called Wappalyzer which will show the source and version of websites CMS and server programs as you view websites. Read the linked site below to know the whole story…
Support for PHP 5.6 drops on December 31 – but a recent report found that almost 62 percent of websites are still using version 5.
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