I agree with Sigurd 100%. Wordpress is my favorite piece of software available (and I've never not been able to figure out how to do X, no matter how complicated X may be). I've used it for: - calendars/events - shopping carts - slide shows - contact forms - news papers - online retailers - my personal blog According to Matt Mullenweg (http://ma.tt/ one of the principals of the WP franchise) there are over 100,000 addons/themes/enhancements to WP, and they are all created with a open source GPL. Additionally, I have zero skill with CSS but have been able to modify the themes to my hearts content (and if I screw something up you can just reload the theme and start over). Really I can't say enough good things about it. I just started using Bluehost this past weekend and in about 15 minutes was up and running with a new WP installation. Page loads are snappy and you can manage every part of your WP installation from the dashboard now (so no FTPing required). It really couldn't get easier and only costs about 80 dollars per year in hosting fees. -Joe On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 5:40 AM, Sigurd Andersen <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > I use bluehost.com, hosting as low as $6.95/month. > Multiple domains at no extra cost - so I've added multiple WordPress sites > to my personal bluehost account for use at Walden School at no cost. > Bluehost (as do other web hosts) has a "simplescript" to install WordPress > - > setting up a new site (at a domain name you've registered) takes a few > minutes. > Hosted on bluehost > go to wildwaldenites.us - a "gateway" site to wordpress sites - > I set up the "everest" site, others are being done by teams of 8th > graders. > > Am also using free hosting at wordpress.com > On Wordpress.com > waldenschoolvt.wordpress.com > mrsmaire.wordpress.com (3rd grade teacher's site, set up with my help, > now almost entirely updating on her own) > > WordPress software is free, and there are lots of free plugins to add > functions. > > Sigurd Andersen > > Steve Jarrett wrote: > > Chittenden East Supervisory Union is researching external web hosting of > its school web pages that will include templates and maybe some options such > as calendar, survey, notification and intr*a*net. > > Please share: > - your external host' name, if you have one > - links to your web sites > - your pro/con experience with vendor > - what features do you recommend > > Thank you, > Steve > > > > Steve Jarrett > District Technology Supervisor > Chittenden East Supervisory Union > (802) 858 - 1729 > (fax) (802)899-2904 > > > > This e-mail may contain information protected under the Family Educational > Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If this e-mail contains student information > and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA, please > notify the sender. Federal regulations require that you destroy this e-mail > without reviewing it and you may not forward it to anyone. > > -- This information may be privileged or confidential and is intended for use solely by the person(s) named above. Review of this communication by anyone other than the intended recipient is strictly prohibited; and distribution or duplication of this communication may not be made without the prior consent of the sender.