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How to set up a website

Some basic information on how to set up a website. I’ll be adding more to this post later, so if you find other resources, or want to tell me how you got on, please feel free to add a comment below.

Best wishes and good luck
[First published March 2010, updated January 2011]


You don’t need any special software or technical skills to set up a website these days. As long as you’re connected to the internet you can use some powerful software packages which are already there.

We’re going to work with two of these:
~ WordPress (to create a blog site) and
~ Ning (to set up a network).

Don’t worry about the details yet – first, have a look at some example websites below. (With thanks to various useful sources, including members of the Digital Engagement network, especially Talk About Local.)

~ The Kington Blackboard (WordPress)
~ Hackney Silver Surfers (WordPress)
~ imMEDIAte learning partnership (WordPress)
~ Shepherd’s Bush (WordPress)
~ womensphere from Women in London (both WordPress)

~ Golden Lane Estate (Ning)
~ Harringay Online (Ning)

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