buddhu - 8:42 am on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
We do indeed have experienced web devs. Unfortunately they are totally snowed under with projects - new sites and a lot of intranet work.
Wordpress was my first choice mostly because I will have to do most day-to-day admin. It's a platform with which I am familiar. I can customise it and keep it ticking over without needing to run to IT every day, and I know how to use it so it works well for Google.
Installation was a different matter - I couldn't have much input there as I'm used to running it on *nix/Apache/PHP/MySQL. I have no personal experience with running stuff on Microsoft server/script/database platforms.
Anyway, looks as if IT have found a way to install it on the main site in a way that they are happy with. I had accepted the need for a subdomain, but the IT manager told me last week that he's got it working with Microsoft SQL and he's set it up so it won't break or compromise any extant site elements.
Looks like we're good to go.