So What’s This Thing Called WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system. Its themes are pre-built, so it is fairly easy to simply add a theme and then customize your festival or event’s webpages providing you have a little website development know-how. Design templates will already exist with these out-of-the box options. Of the themes available in the marketplace, make sure to look for and use only those that are “responsive.” This means they will display correctly on a desktop, tablet and smartphone. By being responsive, the page width and elements adapt to the left-right size of the device as it automatically narrows.

Tons of themes are available to choose from, but for ease of use and flexibility, as of this writing, GeneratePress and Astra are good options. A free and paid version of both themes are available; the free versions are quite good. However, the paid options allow for much more customization. Try the free version first and then if it lacks the bells and whistles needed, consider upgrading to the paid purchase. Its cost today is approximately $40 for GeneratePress and $49 for Asta Pro making it fairly inexpensive as far as themes go.


GP Premium
Astra Pro

YouTube has a number of tutorials on using the theme:

Note: The theme GeneratePress has features labeled “sections” (paid version) that work like a page builder. We found it to be more complicated compared to others.

For more information on this topic:
It’s One of the Most Frequent Questions I’m Asked
An Explanation: Hosting, Servers and Tech Support
The Real Cost of Cheap Hosting and the Impact on SEO
So What’s This Thing Called WordPress?
Let’s Get Started Building Your Website Pages
The Combo Package: A Theme and A Page Builder
Online Merchandise Sold Here: Shopping Carts

To learn more about event and festival management, check out “Secrets to Successful Events:  How to Organize, Promote and Manage Exceptional Events and Festivals.” For those with event planning experience, consider, “Secrets to Successful Events Resource Guide: 42+ Easy-to-Use Tools and Resources.” Both are written by internationally known author and speaker Lynn Fuhler and are available on Amazon and at major booksellers.

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