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The pros and cons of WordPress
Carl Corry is a journalism instructor at Suffolk County Community College and freelance journalist who has held leading roles at Newsday, News 12 and Long Island Business News.
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The pros and cons of WordPress

For my class in Digital Communication Systems at Syracuse University. 

WordPress and I have a long history together. It started years ago when I decided to redesign the Press Club of Long Island‘s website from scratch, taking it from simple HMTL pages that had to be updated by someone with pretty sophisticated coding skills to a system that could be transferred over time to different administrators, and multiple contributors, with relative ease.

It took me a good two weeks of head-down studying the WordPress.org system to get a working site up and running. The result was a vast improvement, based on a purchased template, with content we provided regularly.PCLI

That site has been redesigned on WordPress several times, and I’ve since designed multiple WordPress sites.

As the system has matured, so has its capabilities, including the use of plugins to amplify a site’s ability and do critical multimedia and payment functions.

Can it handle big sites? Well, it has done so for years, including with CNN sites, and many local ones.

Among the drawbacks are the need to regularly keep up with updates to plugins and to the WordPress platform itself. You are also susceptible to spam with the wrong plugins.

A blog I follow

One of my favorite blogs is Mashable because it easy to navigate and is centered on content that interests me. It also goes beyond the simple listicle format and can be truly informative. Design-wise, I like that it makes white space a friend while putting images and multimedia to good use.

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