Hi and thank you for providing a forum for us new ones to come in and absorb the wealth and experience of the rest of you. (sorry for the long post, feel free to skip to the bold if needed)
I've done some volunteer work on the sparked website for some organizations and really enjoyed the hours I put in there. I'd like to also do it at a more local level and help non-profits in my area get exposure. Sorry, but just wanted to let you know how I got here.
I don't have any friends in the industry, at all, so I pretty much use sites like this one (awesome btw) and youtube to teach me everything. I've learned the basics of WP, Gimp, FTP and a few other things that I've used. So my asking here is motivated especially from the fact that I do NOT want to let any non-profit organizations down by using a bad software choice or technique.
Here's what I use/do:
Host: 1and1 (cheapest renewal rate from what I've seen; they lack cpanel, but I learned to manually install WP) Do you guys recommend someone else?
I don't buy any extras, like private SSL. Is that okay/safe for my clients? I'm leaving all the WP user/registration/comments settings on default.
Plug-ins: PROPER contact form, Slick Contact Forms, Testimonial Basics, Wordpress SEO (Joost)
I'm sorry for the long post, and I know that there are so many holes that you can find here. And really, this is why I came. I'd rather get flamed here and later avoid a client getting hacked or missing out on something very important.
Thank you very much for your time. -John