Here's the site: www.fitnessrocks.co.uk
Currently it is on Drupal and was built by a developer. It works OK, although some aspects are a bit clunky. Plus adding things like Twitter/Facebook login has been problematic and, as I grow and develop the site, I want to be able to do more things myself and not have to keep paying a developer for anything more complex than updating content.
I have built a couple of basic sites using Wordpress and am very impressed with how easy it is to set up, but I can see setting up a larger site like mine would be more complex. I am willing to put time into doing it, but I'm concerned about whether some things might be beyond a non-developer like me.
I have a few questions and it'd be great to get a bit of advice from anyone with experience of building large content site using Wordpress on the following:
- Is it possible to install templates which auto-add the latest content to homepages, or do you have to manually link through to articles you want to promote?
- How easy is it to set up section homepages within a site? Are there templates for this?
- I have a blogs section, where several writers have their own blogs (Bloggers | Fitness Rocks). There's an aggregated feed of the latest posts from all writers on the Blogs section homepage, but the blogs can be viewed as individual stand-alone blogs too (e.g. James Simpson's blog | Fitness Rocks). How complex would something like this be to set up on a Wordpress site?
- Any tips on finding the right theme? I've seen some that come close to what I'd like, but nothing exactly spot on. Is it difficult to customise themes? Are you allow to do that?
It'd be great to see some examples of larger content sites on Wordpress if you'd care to share a link. I know it's great for blogging, but I don't want my site homepage to look like a blog and the articles need to look like articles rather than posts... However, the does have blogs within it and they do need to look like blogs of course!
...I think I'll stop here whilst I'm still making some kind of sense!