So, this blog post is all about WordPress and why I now use it for 99% of the custom designed websites I create.
This last year I have moved over to specialising in WordPress, although I have been designing and developing on it for 5 year, and now purely use the WordPress platform for all my websites.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System). A content management system allows the end user (you or your client) to update images, text, or products without having to access the website’s code and make changes to it. It is considered the easiest to use thanks to its friendly interface.
WordPress is extremely flexible due to the large amount of plugins available (snippets of code which can be added to WordPress to make it do different things – Email capture popups for example) and well supported. As of this blog post around 15,886,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress, that’s a lot!
Due to its popularity WordPress and its plugins have regular security updates. It is essential that your WordPress website is kept up to date to the latest version of WordPress.
Why did I choose WordPress?
I went from hand coding sites (I still do occasionally) to using WordPress full time in my web design business. More and more of my clients wanted to be able to be in control of their own websites and be able to update aspects of it themselves at a time convenient to them. A big advantage is that it is all accessed online, so as long as you have WiFi/internet connect you can access and update your website wherever you are. Also, there is no need any specialist software or to have to pay a web designer/developer to do it for you.
Time was another factor. Clients just didn’t want to wait months and months for a custom hand coded website, they wanted the custom designs but also wanted a quicker turn around time, which with WordPress is around 4 weeks.
I like and use WordPress because you can still produce a custom designed site for the client, but the client has a website that is truly theirs and accessible to them 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.
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