If Big Plane builds your website for you, nine times out of ten we’ll use WordPress to build it. And you don’t just want it gathering virtual dust in the corner of the internet. You want it to be relevant to your trade, a place to promote your products and services. And who’s to say what that might be in a year? We’ve also seen the impact of Coronavirus and the need for businesses to be able to pivot and change. Your website needs that flexibility too, and that is what a Content Management System (CMS) gives you: it gives you the power to add, edit, delete and generally update and maintain your website content.
WordPress website popularity
That’s where software like WordPress comes in, because it’s the world’s most popular CMS. According to w3techs.com on 4th December 2020:
WordPress is used by 63.9% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 39.2% of all websites.
Wow. That’s a lot of websites. There are others that I have experience of building websites with, Joomla, ZenCart, OpenCart, phpBB to name a few, and hundreds that we don’t. But I think one of the reasons for the popularity of WordPress is its ease of use for me as a developer and you as the end user.
There are thousands of themes out there but I like to create my own custom ones. This means the look and feel of your site is completely in your control. There won’t be a site out there that will look exactly the same.
There are thousands of plugins out there too. Plugins are the building blocks that allow you to extend the crore functionality of WordPress. Need ecommerce functionality? There’s Woocommerce. Need forms? There’s Contact Form 7 (to name one). And it’s easy to connect your social media to your site. There are plugins to show your instagram, Twitter or Facebook content on your site. These can do the reverse too – create a new post in WordPress and have that automatically update your social media feeds. Security plugins like WordFence are there to protect your site too and others to speed it up.
So that’s why I use WordPress to build most of my client websites, and it’s a ‘win win’ situation because it speeds the development process up for me which means cheaper websites for you! Whatever the requirement, a plugin probably exists for it already. And if not, I can write one for it. Get in touch to find out more.
This is the first post in what I intend to be a library of WordPress tutorials that will act as a resource for all my clients once their website is launched. Some will enjoy learning something new and this will act as a guide. For those that would prefer not don’t worry – Big Plane offers ongoing maintenance packages that will keep your site updated for you!