WordPress ROCKS!

OK, I admit it, I have become a HUGE fan of the WordPress blog/website platform over the past year and am dedicating today’s Tech Tuesday post to talking about it.

WordPress is much more than a good application for making your own blog, it’s also a platform for developing and publishing fantastic websites that no-one would ever guess were made using ‘blogging software’.

Check out Emmanuel Church London’s website, for example.

It’s pretty, easy to navigate, content rich and yet is built on something that many people think is ‘just for blogs’.

I’m currently rebuilding one of my websites, day3.co.uk, using WordPress although there is only one small section that actually uses any form of blogging features. The rest uses the wonderful ‘pages’ feature in WordPress which allows me to create a website which has consistent design and navigation and still incorporate all of the blogging-style functions I require.


I know quite a few designers who are working almost exclusively in WordPress these days, and have raved about a couple of the before, like Gabe Taviano for instance (check out this site he designed – yes, it’s made using WordPress) but today I want to introduce you, if you don’t already know him, to Nick the Geek.

Nick is one of my favorite tweeting youth pastors and has been really impressing me with his blog design work in WordPress.

If you are looking to refresh the design of your blog, move over to the WordPress platform or even start a new blog/website then I thoroughly recommend that you get in touch with Nick and see what he can do to help you. Find him on Twitter or at his blog.


Finally today, I want to do a little promotion on a new website we just launched.

I’m not usually big on people hawking their own products and businesses on their blogs but we’re doing a fundraiser as part of this new arm to our business and so I want to let as many people know about it as possible.

For seven years now, we have run a small web hosting business, which we originally aimed at churches, charities and small businesses. We sold our hosting mainly to customers in the UK from two sites, HeavenlyHosts.co.uk and StoneageHosting.co.uk.

The thing with hosting a website is that once you have the server space, you can host pretty much any kind of website and over the past year I’ve heard (and read) a lot of people saying that they want a ‘new blog’. They’re tired of the constraints of the blog they currently have and want to upgrade.

Our servers are perfect for hosting blogs so it is a natural progression for us to add blog hosting to the portfolio of services that we offer.

What name could we use for a website selling hosting to people who want new blogs?

Well… NewBlogHosting.com of course! 🙂

My family has been trying to find ways of giving our own money to pay for a well somewhere in Africa (check out nothingtogive.com – which is built on WordPress, of course). One way we’ve come up with to be able to do that is for us to give $15 to our ‘well fund’ for every new hosting package that we sell between now and the end of June 2010.

We’re hoping that NewBlogHosting.com will be inundated with new business so that we can get a long way toward our target of $2600.

If you know anyone who needs hosting either for their website or their blog, we’d be very grateful if you’d point them our way. They’ll get personal service from me, what we think is an excellent, cost-effective solution to their hosting needs and we’ll get to donate $15 more to a very worthy cause.

Oh, and if I haven’t been clear in this post, I REALLY think you should consider using WordPress for your blog/website! 🙂