The online editor of GadgetGuy is getting married, and while you can say congratulations, he wanted to take the time to show just how technologically involved he has made the wedding, from the e-invites to a 3D plan to keeping the kids busy, and you can, too.
“See, this is what happens when a tech journo plans a wedding,” said Dave Jensen, a former technology journalist and friend of mine, which he said the moment I pulled out just one of the tech savvy things I had created for my wedding.
There has been a lot of work done for this wedding, and a lot of it — most of it, actually — is something my partner can have attributed to her.
But not the tech angle. That’s me, and if you’ve seen how we embrace technology at GadgetGuy, you can imagine how much technology we can use when we’re planning a wedding, because everything — from the invites to the social media to the whole where things go side of things — has had a hand of technology.
This is my tech savvy wedding, and this is how you can make yours tech savvy, too.
Build a website
The first thing we wanted to do was build a website because frankly we wanted to share our special day with everyone, and provide directions and information to the event for people who were coming.
But building a website can often be labelled as hard, complicated, and expensive work, generally left for people who know how to do this thing.
Well yes, you can go down that route, and as a former web developer (this journalist is now mostly a fiddler, but does like to code for fun, as you do), he likes to find paths for everyone that can act as good starting points, but what exactly is a good starting point for a website out of nothing?
For those not aware of what WordPress is, think of it as a small program like Word that makes websites, only it runs on web hosts and stores your information in a database, creating webpages and putting all the images, text, audio, video, and anything else into the page when a web browser calls on it.
WordPress is one of many applications called a “Content Management System” or CMS, and hundreds of websites use it, as it gives them a way of entering information without issues and having the CMS spit the code out for viewing by people, saving time and being fairly easy to update.
WordPress is free and used by bloggers, publishers, businesses, creative-types, and plenty of others, and for this wedding, we figured we’d use it because it grants easy access for the creation of a webpage, especially when you can look for and purchase a pre-made theme that sets up the look of a page, with your part basically filling it in with information.
People that know what they’re doing who already have web space, possibly a domain name, and the skills to pay the bills will know how to make or find a theme quickly, but we’re going to assume most don’t, and so we need a quick and easy solution.
For that, WordPress has free accounts where by WordPress itself hosts a blog for you to fill in the information you need and even change the look quickly and easily. Some of these looks — called “themes” — may cost money, especially if they’re overly complicated and look like magazines, but the reason we’re suggesting WordPress comes from the easy URL the system can create for you, and the fact that you can do it all on the cheap, so much that cheap translates to “free”.