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Portfolio Website with Blog...Wordpress or Not?

OK, so after learning CSS, JavaScript, HTML, Wordpress, I'm at the point where I'm doing little projects and want to make a web portfolio, but I also want it to have a blog.

When, I think blog, I think Wordpress, but I'm not sure if that'll work for the rest of my content. My page needs to be in 3 different languages, which is easy with separate HTML pages, and I want to have a page for some interactive JavaScript games I've been working on.

I like all the Wordpress functionality, and I've used it a lot in the past, but maybe it's not adaptable enough for what I need to do. Yet, having to go through and edit an html page to put in a blog entry every week doesn't seem efficient.

So question is, what's the best way (or a good way) to include a blog in a non-WordPress site? Or should I just work on making a WP template from scratch?

You'll need to know PHP and MYSQL if you want to implement your own blog. A wordpress template may take up a lot of time. For the learning, it would be cool to make your own blog in my opinion.

2 Answers

Jamie Byrne
Jamie Byrne
4,879 Points


Personally I'd go with Wordpress for the whole site.

I think everything you want to achieve can probably be done in Wordpress.

You might need to dig up and test some plugins to enable translation on the site so you achieve the results you want. However, in my limited experience if you can imagine it someone has tried to build a Wordpress plugin for it.

That said and worth bearing in mind that there are other CMS's out there that do a good job. I quite like concrete5 http://concrete5.org and Perch http://grabaperch.com. Depending on what's needed..

Hi Jamie, I'll definitely take some other CMS's for a test drive, I didn't even think of it! I got stuck in a Wordpress or not debate with myself, and forgot to look at other options. I'll keep tinkering around until I find a language solution I like (I'm a translator so I'm being a bit picky with it).

Thanks for the suggestions!

Jen Ollivierre ,

You're right, making my own would be cool! As good as reason as any to work on my PHP skills.

Thanks for the quick reply!