From pre-2010 to 2018, Bitesize Irish has been running on custom software, with WordPress just powering its blog.
I moved this blog back to WordPress in 2018, and realised that it really is a matured platform.
It takes effort to learn and configure, but you can achieve a lot with no coding. You’re benefiting from the big ecosystem of plugins.
The features that I had developed (but as always struggling to keep up to date) with our custom software:
- Membership logic
- Payment integration
- Email marketing list integration
- Event-based emailing
- Contact form
- Course management (create lesson, create week, move lessons between weeks)
- Marketing site styling
All that will now by powered by the following WordPress extensions:
- Astra theme
- Elementor page builder
- LearnDash learning management system
- MemberPress membership logic (shopping cart integration yet to be decided)
- bbPress forum (most likely forum solution anyway)
Our aim for Bitesize is to create a community, a place where people can find a sense of belonging and support each other. We’re going to get there 🙂
For good resources of WordPress, I suggest watching videos by WPCrafter.