Our village needs a better website than the thing our Parish Council currently has. The existing site is pretty static, barely meets the accessibility rules, and doesn’t let anyone in the Council make changes beyond posting new docs (as pdfs) to a linked Google docs site.
Changing anything else means a call to the bloke what wrote it, and there’s a subsequent charge for his time. TBF he isn’t stiffing them for vast sums, but the delay in making even simple changes (updating phone numbers etc.) is a PITA, and it would be better if they had more direct control.
As the only person they can find who knows a little bit about html and urls and so on, I’ve been volunteered to do some investigation and exploration of the possibilities. To that end I’ve recently opened a free account with WordPress, bought an appropriate domain name, and started using the online WordPress editing facility to see if I can knock something into shape. It’s coming along OK, but the learning curve is still pretty steep.
Trial and error is all well and good in this early exploratory stage, but once the thing gets published it’ll be a more serious undertaking – low traffic, low volume and low churn the site might be, but it’ll also be ‘official’ and subject to the usual security, GDPR and accessibility constraints. So I feel the need to know a lot more about what I’m doing. The last time I put a web site together I used Hotmetal 6 – if you have any knowledge of these things you’ll realise that was some time ago!
What I really want is a fat tome from Amazon that will guide me through how a WordPress site works under the hood, to give me a fighting chance of walking the walk once I can talk the talk.
Can anyone suggest the best book to buy to equip me for this exercise?