As chairman of our local allotment association, I wonder if I would like to set up a website to provide new and existing allocation companies with information and news. Can this be done with basic technical knowledge and without experience in web design or coding? There are a bewildering number of services that can be used to host websites, sell domain names, provide user-friendly templates, etc. at different prices. What is the catch with the free or cheap services?
We have a Facebook group, but no one in the club is very interested in maintaining this activity. Robin
It is a pity that you do not like the idea of using Facebook, because this is generally the quickest and easiest way for a small group to go online. If an organization has a physical manifestation ̵
1; a school, a park or a church, contingents, a restaurant or something – it may already have a Facebook page. If so, you can apply for the transfer. If that fails, you can start your own page and compete with it.
Using Facebook has advantages: it's free, you do not have to do any programming, and most users probably already have accounts. Facebook pages are also easily accessible to spouses, children and relatives who would not visit a website.
Facebook groups are different from Facebook pages. Facebook groups are more like chat rooms, and you can keep them private if you want. They could use a Facebook page for news and a private Facebook group to publish, among other things, minutes and discuss questions, and millions of people have been on sites like GeoCities "digital homestead" led. Creating websites with HTML turned out to be more involved and tastier than most people. There were many good websites, but most were bleak.
In the early 2000s, homesteading was replaced by blogging, which did not require any programming skills. Templates did not require design skills or even taste. Although a blog's basic journal structure was not designed for any purpose, the free WordPress software did most of the things for those who made the effort … or paid someone to put their website together.
After the Blogger boom We saw the rise of the drag-and-drop website builder we are today. With drag-and-drop systems, you can create websites quickly and easily by loading pre-engineered components to your developing webpage, with no programming.
If you reject Facebook, you have to choose between WordPress and drag-and-drop system. If you think you're ready to try WordPress, read one of the many online tutorials, such as: B. How to properly set up a WordPress blog in 7 easy steps (2019). There's a half-hour YouTube video for the companion.