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General Discussion

Seth Roope
Seth Roope
6,471 Points

What is the best way to get your first site up and running?

I have been researching WordPress and Square Space and the like. It seems like a good idea to use a CMS of some sort. I would like to put up sites for small companies as a way to get a portfolio started. What CMS offers the most freedom but is also relatively fast to set up sites?

Any reason to not use a CMS and just get hosting and code the whole thing up from scratch? What do you all prefer?

Moderator Edit: Changed Topic of post to General Discussion, as it does not pertain to specific Treehouse content.

2 Answers

Marcus Richard
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Marcus Richard
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 10,124 Points

I'm currently using bluehost and a wordpress theme for my site. My plan is to create my own projects and display theme on my site as a portfolio. Coding your own site from scratch would be could for experience, however to just get something up quickly, I'd say that using themes and plugins would be the way to go. If you decide to go with Wordpress, be sure to research the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com. Here's a quick comparison between the two http://howtomakemyblog.com/wordpress-com-org/

Seth Roope
Seth Roope
6,471 Points

Thanks for the help distinguishing between the two. Great article. Looks like using wordpress.org with a hosting service is the way to go for quick sites as well as fully custom? Great place to start anyway - cheers