(Closed) How to personalize a wedding website?

posted 6 years ago in Technology
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Buzzing bee

wordpress. it’s open source.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We used 1and1.com – I paid $1.00 for my custom domain/host. My gf who is a graphic deisgner and does lots of websites suggested it (I tried wix.com but wasn’t a fan).

I pay $4 something a month for their CMS website builder (I imagine free if you do not need their website builder).

Our custom domain we can use after the wedding too so we did not do something like “happilyeverafterlastname.com”

For RSVP – use a Google form…free and customizable (& it saves all the info to rsvp’s and one place and you can be notified when you receive an rsvp)

Password – you can password protect the entire website or certain pages of it

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

This is off the beaten track a bit for wedding websites, but you could create a blogspot blog and customize the template. If you know style coding, it’s quite simple to do, just upload the stylesheet and link it from the blogspot template code.

I’ve had pretty good success overhauling basic blogspot themes that way…just make sure you choose one that has an overall structure that you like, and then apply CSS liberally! 🙂

 

EDIT: Whoops, I couldn’t see all the replies for some reason! WordPress IS good, but it’s heavily PHP dependent, so depending on how many modifications you want to do, it can be more challenging.

For RSVPs, you could use Google forms, like a PP suggested, or there are other things you can embed to take care of that. RSVPify is one example.

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Buzzing bee

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penguinbride89:  wordpress doesn’t have built-in RSVP function (it’s not a “wedding” website company). but you could easily make an RSVP form through Google forms and put in on your site. As for password protection, i dunno.

tbh, it sounds like you should just cough up the $35 to get an Appy Couple website. Free wedding websites aren’t going to give you what you want; there are free non-wedding options that you could build your own (like wordpress) but you need to have the coding background to do everything you want, and it sounds like you don’t know enough to go this route; the final option is just paying for a wedding website that you can customize and will do the things you want. Appy Couple is $35 one-time fee, has password protection, and takes RSVPs. Done.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

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penguinbride89:  No problem! I had a very similar situation to yours…I’ve done web design as a hobby over the years, so I’m familiar with the headache of trying to customize templates (or even worse, being faced with a template you CAN’T customize…lol). I nixed pretty much every free website because I just didn’t like any of the designs. 

Like @ilovesophia said, Appy Couple is a great site (that’s what I ended up with…it was a MUCH nicer layout), but it still won’t allow you to customize any of the structure, like buttons and background images.

I think Blogspot or WordPress is the way to go, and use plug-ins for anything you can! Especially RSVP options…that would be tricky to code properly so you make sure you’re actually getting all the form returns. You can embed Google forms too…you create it in Google docs, and then it’ll give you a line of code to place on your site.

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Buzzing bee

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penguinbride89:  Have you checked out Squarespace? I think it’s pricier than most other options (more geared towards businesses/freelancers than weddings) but I’ve heard good things about it.

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Buzzing bee

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penguinbride89:  sounds like wordpress + google forms is the way to go then. good luck, and let us know how it turns out! (:

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Helper bee

I’m not a whiz at that kind of thing but I’ve seen some pretty cool custom built tumblr blogs. I know for a fact you can completely customize the html. I’m not sure about anything else you’re looking to do. But a lot of people make really neat layouts for tumblrs. It could be something worth looking into since tumblr is free.

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