Pixsmiths have updated to a new looking site using a wordpress theme to integrate a site  with blog that’s user-friendly to i-phones  etc…  Pixsmiths old flash site was still visible whilst a wordpress database was added at a subdirectory level – pixsmiths.co.uk/wordpress.  It was a bit of a headache trying to work out how to move up the new site to the root domain – deleting the old files was not  a problem.

So the web host that pixsmiths use – Evohosting – were contacted for advice, they have a 24/7 support link.  Well they didn’t need to offer advice as they went the extra mile and sorted it all out and kept us informed  and updated all the way.  How’s that for customer service!  It really felt like getting prsonal attention and prompt solutions, nothing was too much trouble.  The small fees involved for hosting packages – start as low as £2.50/month are more than worth it for the customer support experienced.   They also helped with initial set up with wordpress, handholding total novices in this field without making you feel stupid or inadequate. Pixsmiths can really recommend Evohosting as a web host solution, you may also get a free domain for life with some packages/payment set ups.

May be useful to share some lessons learnt from trials with WordPress:

Ok installation of wordpress was easy with Evohosting’s control panel with installatron function – just a few clicks and done in less than 2 minutes.

Ok may be obvious to most but as a newbie to wordpress didn’t realise that had to login to wordpress to build pages and posts etc… I knew it was a content management system (CMS) and combined blog with web pages but thought it was a case of building in a test editor and uploading as with a html site – see didn’t comprehend the basics at first.  When the tutorials said login to dashboard – didn’t have a clue what they meant or where to log in!!  How I laugh now, I really needed the idiot proof guide.

Templates – there are so many out there, spent far too long looking, but the beauty of wordpress is that a new template is easy to override the current one. Its good to have an idea of style and layout required, how many columns etc…. Often templates can be searched for on such criteria

Always, always always back up files before trying out new plugins, upgrading of wordpress or themes.  When things have gone wrong you’ll be glad to be able to restore that backup and revert to normality again.  Says pulling your hair out!

Make use of all the wordpress tutorials – read the forums for any problems with theme, plugins etc…before installing…but then you have a back up, right?

Any thoughts on the site, we’d love to know :-0