This is a simple web-book (A website that’s formatted like a book) to help architects build better websites using WordPress. It will tell you the common mistakes architects make when building websites and give you a simple step by step guide for making your own super charged professional website for less than $100. If you don’t want to build your own site it will give your the knowlege to instruct a web developer on what you want. And if you already have a website you may learn a few things here to improve it. The web-book is written specifically for architects, but the information is relevant to many other creative industries. The goal is to teach you how to build a reliable site for professional use, but there is no reason why students can’t use this same approach for their portfolios.
Hi! My name is Nic Granleese and I’m an architect who became an architectural photographer and then started blogging and using social media and all sorts of other stuff. I get asked about websites by enough architects to prompt me to write up this guide, so I hope it helps a few of your out. The core content of this site was written in one week while I was on holiday (I know, some people go to the beach while i decide to sit down and write about websites! each to their own I say). It started off as a quick couple pages and ended up being the size of a small book. It’s very much a brain dump of what i’ve picked up about websites, so when reading please ignore any spelling errors scrambled sentences. This is the consequence of trying to get everything I could out of my head in a very short time period. You may also find a few pages with headings, but no text. They’re placeholders for me to write future pages. If you find any errors there is a feedback section at the bottom of each page. Please, Please use it, not just to help me edit this content, or to keep it up to date, but please use it to contact me and ask questions as you build your own site using this guide. By asking me questions you help me know where to add additional information.
If you find this site useful, the best compliment you could could give is to tell a friend about it. If you’re familiar with the other stuff I blog about then you’ll know that I’m a big supporter of Creative Commons licensing and also the book, Unleashing The Ideavirus, by Seth Godin. This site is very much an experiment of this sharing philosophy. Rather than package all this information into an Ebook to sell on Amazon I ‘ve made it public so that everyone can use it. Is this because I’m altruistic? Not really, its because I think its smarter. Rather then sell copies of this site as a book, what i’ve done is sign up for the affiliate programs of several different companies. These programs provide me with an affiliate link to use on the site and if you click through to purchase something (ie, a domain name from Godaddy or a theme from Themeforest) then I get a commission. You don’t pay any extra by doing this and almost every company on the web now has one of these affiliate programs so it hasn’t biased any recommendations, but it does allow me to generate some revenue from creating free content. I want to make it clear that you absolutely do not need to use any of the companies I list in this guide, there are lots of alternatives. I also want to say thank you in advance if you do use my affiliate links, but please only use them if you find the service useful, and if you have any bad experiences along the way then I want to know about it. Here’s a link to my contact page for getting in touch with me. I have no idea how well this will go, but I’m a firm believer in the open sharing approach. So again, if you want to help me in this experiment then the best thing you can do is help me share this site.
One of the most beautiful things about sharing a project online is how people support a it and offer their help to make it better. I want to thank Michael Day for volunteering his professional editorial skills and helping me spell less words incorrectly. Michael is the editor of the Environmental Design Guide and you can find him on Twitter here: @EditorEDG. I would also like to thank Dr Daniel Presta for the graphics he has been contributing to the site. All those cool black icons are his work. If you want to check out more of his designs go to www.mondokoro.com which is his fashion label and he is also on Twitter here: @MondokoroFA.