Quite a while ago, we put together our first survey on TechsmARTs, in part, to find out what technological topics of interest we should try to cover for future sessions. One clear result of that survey: Many respondents wanted to know more about putting together a website. Is it even possible to put one together quickly, and at a low cost?
We realized this was not a topic that could adequately be covered in the course of a standard, hour-and-a-half-long TechsmARTs gathering. And while there are a fair number of tools available to accomplish the goal of quickly building a website at a very low cost, we have the most experience in using WordPress. Once you learn the basics of WordPress, it is not only much easier to put together a decent website in a very short period of time, but it’s also a great platform for building a website that will serve your long-term needs.
With all that in mind, we put together our first Website Bootcamp in mid-June. The Foundation Center was gracious enough to host the class. ClickHOST offered a hosting sponsorship. Binders came in with a sponsorship that helped us cover some of the costs of developing the content. In this initial offering of our two-day seminar, we covered a lot of material and gave everyone time to work on their own sites with the benefit of having one another and some volunteers to help out.
I’d like to take a few moments to highlight some of the websites that were built at the Bootcamp. All of these artists built their websites by the end of the Bootcamp: Read more