The Lowdown on WordPress
DW Multimedia Web Design & Graphic Design
I've heard people talk about WordPress... What is it exactly?
Who uses WordPress?
WordPress supports building the simplest of websites with only one or two pages just as easily as it allows the biggest multinational companies to create world class mega-sites built and maintained by scores of administrators and designers - it's a universal web solution. Today, WordPress is by far the most popular CMS in the world. At the time of writing this, WordPress drives over 60 million websites worldwide with hundreds to thousands of new websites appearing daily.
Sounds great... If it's free and easy to use surely I can build my own website?
Absolutely! WordPress provides all the tools required to do this without the need for a web designer or developer.
Here's the 'but'
Although WordPress doesn't require any coding knowledge it does have a relatively steep learning curve for someone who has had no experience with using a CMS, working with databases and editing and optimising media files. There are some other considerations when developing with WordPress too.
As mentioned above, WordPress is incredibly popular for websites and blogs and with over 60 million users out there it's no wonder that WordPress website have become the most hacked, spammed and abused. It's important that your WordPress website is secure and invulnerable to monthly, daily and even hourly attacks by spambots or worse.
Building your own website requires an element of planning, the framework of the website needs to be imagined. How many pages do I need? what do I want to say? what do I need to say? What content is required? what's the best way to write the content? What images to I need? What should my logo be? ... and so on. If you feel you are able to deal with even half of the questions listed above then your are more than capable of building your own website using WordPress. You will need to learn a little about installing a CMS on your hosts server and a little about the MySQL database WordPress uses but it's all within your reach.
However, many small businesses simply don't have the time to dedicate to this task or the confidence in their abilities to construct a website that will produce the results they need. This is were a web development company who has years of experience constructing good looking, feature rich and secure WordPress websites can be useful.