This website is built on WordPress. I started with WordPress release 3.1 in Spring 2011 and routinely upgrade as new feature and maintenance releases appear. As of August 2015, I am running WordPress release 4.3. While I am using WordPress as a blog, I’m even more using it as a Content Management System for a website where the blog is a minor part of message.
My four-year experience with WordPress? A worthwhile education and a delight to use. This open-source, cooperative project ships with far higher levels of software quality than much of today’s proprietary software. A huge THANK YOU to all the devoted developers across the world who have demonstrated the power of open-source, cooperative development.
I’m using the Coraline theme. I like this theme for its simplicity, enabling me to place the visual emphasis on my images rather than my website. I’ve learned the hard way that it is best to keep my customization of Coraline in a child-theme, enabling me to continue to update Coraline with little or no impact to my customizations.
I use NextGEN Gallery Plus to manage and display my images. I’ve been quite happy with its library function, including the ability to custom-select thumbnail images. The grid-galleries that display image thumbnails and the light-box used to show full-size images are all due to NextGEN Gallery.
Finally, I host my website with bluehost.com. I moved to their service when my original hosting provider closed its doors in Summer 2015. I’m delighted with bluehost and find them to be especially accommodating of sites using WordPress. Any one building their own WordPress installation for the first time would be well advised to use bluehost.