Case Study – A Simple Site

One of the easiest ways to set up a website is through WordPress.com. It’s what I go with for the ‘simple site’ offer on Dinky Little Websites. Once it’s set up there are no on-going costs, and the website owner can rest assured that as their site sits on the WordPress.com servers, amongst literally millions of other websites, all the software will be automatically updated, and the chances of being hacked are virtually nil

vlwarsI set up a website recently using this option. Very Very Little Wars gives it’s owner the chance to relate “the tales of my experiments and exploits in 6mm Ancient Wargaming.” It’s an aptly named website, as 6mm wargaming figures are very, very small (1/4″ inch in old money!)

When setting up a site on WordPress.com one of the main tasks is to choose a ‘theme’ – the design for your website. WordPress.com offers a range of free themes, and a range of premium ones you have to pay for. After some experimentation we settled for the ‘Oxygen Theme’, as it enables a nice visual presentation of the site content. Through the clever use of a couple of ‘categories’ and ‘sticky posts’, the home page presents some content in a slightly more sophisticated manner than a simple ‘blog roll’.

Categories are used in posts and pages to enable the menus to point to different content, and the default ‘gallery’ options are used to show off some of the many photographs on the site.

The site owner is off and running with his website now – as with any site, the building of the site can be a bit fiddly, but that doesn’t take long – the tricky bit is keeping it up to date!

Click here to see how the ‘simple site’ option fits into the DLW offering.


Case Studies – An Advanced Site

Martley CE Primary School in Worcester had, like many schools, a website that was several years old, difficult to maintain, and out of date. Time for Dinky Little Websites to step in!

They wanted their new site to be visually appealing, easy to maintain, and to have specific pages for each class in the school. Time for Dinky Little Websites to step in and build a new site with them.

martley1The new site use a simple (free) theme, and a simple (free) pagebuilder plugin, and a couple of simple (cheap) plugins to enable their staff to update the whole of the site by simply creating new content, and choosing appropriate WordPress ‘categories’ to ensure the content appears on exactly the correct part of the correct page for them.

There are plenty of pages on the site, and if you look at the Class Pages menu you will see the links to pages for each class, such as the Holly Class page. Each of the class pages uses the same structure (they could be different), and by ensuring images uploaded are the right dimensions and of a high enough resolution, the overall effect is more than pleasing.