No One Size Fits All.. but WordPress can do it all!

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There is no one size fits all website for public health. Depending on the organization, purpose, message and brand, the website set-up and functionality changes. As stated in “Social Media for Social Good,” when nonprofits are searching for donations, the return on investment from using social media and mobile technology is directly related to how well designed your website it, along with the size of your e-newsletter list, the quality of the content you provide, and the vendor selected to process online donations. The website is extremely important in promoting any public health message or organization.

When building a website for the first time, things can seem complicated. Which platform do you use? What should your domain name be? How should it be set up? I found an easy guide to building a website that even suggests using WordPress as basic starting point. It is a wonderful tool that gives simple, fast tips to create a successful WordPress site.

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Just doing a simple youtube search for building a website using Wordpress comes up with so many different videos with great instruction. The downside to these videos is that most of them are over an hour long, and some of the details will not be specific to your own needs and site.

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I was even surprised that even some big-name sites such as The New Yorker, The BBC America, and even Beyonce use WordPress as their website host. A huge variety of purposes for these sites, and extremely different layouts, but all created using the same host.

WordPress can be great in the Public Health World too, such as the Stanford Journal of Public Health.

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WordPress is free, simple, and user friendly that can be used to create a multitude of sites for so many purposes. From Beyonce to Public Health, WordPress may not be one size fits all, but it really can do it all!

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3 thoughts on “No One Size Fits All.. but WordPress can do it all!

  1. Hi Melissa, this is a lovely post about how to create a website, and the very useful tools easily available online. I also like the juxtaposition of different styles of wordpress websites. Nice intro picture highlighting why one should use wordpress over some other web development site.
    I probably would have liked a little more hard hitting decision making steps for web design and perhaps a little more clear cut rationale for wordpress – like why is web development less helpful? However I really like your less is more approach here, and the fact that you have used images to say most of what you wanted to say.
    I really like your layout and the overlapping images, very visually appealing.
    Very nice post

  2. Yeah the use of all the pictures helps get an idea of how diverse WordPress can be. I like your screenshots, I did a similar thing and I think it helps get a big picture idea down into a smaller area.

    On the critical side: the font size and format of the middle section with the reasons to use WordPress was a bit small. I think bigger headings would help readability. Also the switching from left justification to centering of the text made me think I was coming to the end of the text but then realized there was more text. Perhaps the multiple pictures somewhat orphaned the text below the pictures. There are ways to have the text wrap around the text so that it does not become orphaned.

    Your promotion of WordPress was interesting, because I came to a different conclusion with WordPress. But you definitely gave me a compelling reason to see how I was mistaken. To think that very popular figures and organizations as the ones you highlighted use WordPress was a surprise!

  3. There is a lot going on in your blog this week! Great use of text, photos, and web links. I particularly appreciate how you show how prolific WordPress is and how simple it is to use. The use of examples of large companies that host with WordPress was interesting. It appears you did some extensive external research into the topic and I think the information you share will be of great benefit to your readers. In terms of layout, I found myself wanting some more numbers or bullet point lists to follow. Also, as Chafeek mentions, the use of left, center, and right images and text made me feel a little disorientated. A summary paragraph following the last few images would have been a nice finishing touch and would have made it clear to me as the reader that the blog was nearing the end, versus a slightly unexpected finale of multi-layered photos. Otherwise, I think it was a very informative post and you clearly demonstrated how WordPress can be used by all sorts of people/businesses.

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