Toot! Toot!

You’re going to have to excuse me tooting my own horn here – I’ve been helping Cork CAT out with their new webpages and I’m delighted with the results. Ready for your perusal – check out the new site here. I really hope you like!!!

Let me say upfront, I’m no great shakes at design. But WordPress, the software I used and the software I use for Animal  Advocacy, makes things very easy. And the WordPress design makes it easy for its users to add, modify and manage their webpages without having to constantly run to a designer to make the edits for them. Which means I could do a wee training day with Ann and Ellen from Cork CAT, and then tippytoe out of there to leave them to it. Gave me an excuse to hang out with two of my favourite people – and to help out one of my favourite animal welfare organisations. Obviously I’ll be sticking around in case of any problems, but in the long run they’ll be able to manage the running of it themselves.

There’s still a few glitches and kinks I’m working out. For example, something weird went on with the coding of the Donate buttons – I’m pretty sure it’s fixed now – but do feel free to try them out (there’s one on the right sidebar) and donate a little bit for the sake of the cause (and the paws)! All the same, I reckon Cork CAT’s new site is pretty much there at this stage and I thought it was worth sharing with you and getting your feedback – constructive critisism is very welcome. Though praise is preferable *wiggles eyebrows*

WordPress

There’s a few different ways of using WordPress – for the most part it’s free, but you can pay for extras. There are web designers who will design your site for you, for a fee – or, if you’re comfortable with figuring things out for yourself, you can crack at it on your own – there’s bags of online help to go with it. My own webhosts, iseek (who I love and highly recommend), put me on to WordPress back in 2012 and I’m happy enough with it. And while I still occasionally yearn for Drupal, I’ll be sticking with WordPress for the forseeable. Here’s what WordPress say about themselves:

WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call ‘home’ — we’d love you to join the family.

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