A small-scale progressive media group I know of were recently driven out of their rented office premises by a hardline right-wing political group, which paid the landlord the entire price of the place and took it over. They are currently looking for another place to set up their office and I would like to help them get a funding campaign going.
For this reason, they need an online space where they can centralize everything. They currently have a Facebook page and a magazine website but nothing is really connected to the other and the organization itself lacks a website. This website needs to have support for a magazine and blog section, videos, and event listings.
Which hosts would you recommend? As the group is cashstrapped, I would prefer free webhosts. Which ones have you had a good experience with? Also, since I would also most likely have to design the graphics for it, do you know any free design resources? I mostly use GIMP, so I would prefer resources that are specifically for it but it's not a necessity.
But most importantly, should I build the website using Wordpress or Joomla? I also have a regular job and studies that take up large amounts of time, so I'm looking for something robust but fast and easy to implement--HOWEVER if the easiest solution is not the best solution given the requirements of the website, then I am willing to tackle something complicated so long as it gets the job done in the best way possible.