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Peter Burton
Peter Burton

This is about how we built the BajanThings website. This section is a bit techie so feel free to skip straight to the BajanThings Postings.

The BajanThings website uses the self-hosted version of WordPress: a free and open-source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS).

According to W3Tech, WordPress is used by more than 39.0% of the Alexa Top 10 million websites. 

To put that number in perspective 38.8% of the Alexa Top 10 million websites do NOT use a CMS.  

Of the 61.2% of Alexa Top 10 million websites that DO use a CMS, WordPress dominates with a 63.7% market share. 

WordPress is the clear market leader by a long, long, long way, however, the others like: Shopify, Joopla, WIX and SquareSpace are catching up fast. Click here if you are interested in the W3Tech methodology.

One of the reasons for the popularity of WordPress is that for such a complex product it is relatively easy to use, its pretty intuitive and you don’t need specialist software installed on your computer.  Its also open-source so its free to download and use. All you need is an internet connection.

As WordPress seeks to compete and update its has moved to a block editor design that offers more design flexibility BUT the downside is that its more cumbersome to use that the “classic” WordPress (pre 2017 and the introduction of the Gutenberg block editor in WordPress version 5). Gone of the days when you could paste in a Word document and the “classic” WordPress would auto convert the document and strip out all the additional Word formatting. Now its a more laborious exercise of setting up each paragraph as a block!

When we launched BajanThings in December 2014 we commenced using the Bruce Wampler’s Weaver Xtreme WordPress theme.  In December 2020 – six years on – we have revamped the look and feel of BajanThings using the WordPress Astra Pro theme from Brainstorm Force.  Astra Pro is a fast, lightweight, and highly customizable WordPress theme.  We particularly like the new layout of posts on the home page and on the catalogue pages. We hope you will like the subtle changes we have made to the look and feel of BajanThings.com

BajanThings is hosted by SiteGround, who are headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria.  SiteGround are a leading WordPress blog hosting company, with absolutely amazing customer service and support. [Just for transparency we do not get paid to say that.]

If you are looking at setting up a blog or even a website, you should consider using WordPress and hosting it with SiteGround

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Peter Burton
Bajan Things – Bajan history. Interesting Bajan people. Hiking in Barbados and Overseas. International Travel…

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