WordPress is getting more and more popular in the world of website building. It has so many benefits for clients to be able to update and edit their website themselves through the WordPress dashboard. And there are lots of great tutorials out there that will help a person learn everything they need to know about working behind the scenes of a WordPress site.
Here is an example of what the WordPress dashboard looks like:
WordPress started out being known for its blogging capabilities, but many businesses are now using WordPress to combine their main website and blog so they are both on one single domain. But is it really necessary to do this? Are there any benefits for a website that uses WordPress? Oh yeah baby, there definitely is!
There are several great reasons to choose WordPress for your website. Here is my list:
- Easy to Use – WordPress is an application that is installed on your web server. You can update your site’s pages, add articles / blog posts, and personalize your theme through the WordPress dashboard which is easily accessed through a special login page.
- SEO / Optimization – the blogging capabilities can help your website big time with SEO and optimization. And we all know how important that is! A blog allows you to add fresh new CONSISTENT content to your website. Google and other search engines love a site that is updated on a regular basis. And as that old internet saying goes “CONTENT IS KING”. Your articles and posts should attract interest and draw readers in. Also, many WordPress themes are being created with optimization already built in. So be sure to keep this in mind when choosing a theme.
- Plugins / Widgets – A WordPress plugin is a special tool that extends the functionality of WordPress. You can do anything from add a contact form, a photo gallery, an ad section in your sidebar, or even add connection between your social networks like Twitter and Facebook. The possibilities are endless. There are hundreds or plugins to choose from and they are free too! Here are 2 extensive lists that will help you see some of the ones that are available. Keep in mind that they are all free to use as well.
WordPress Widget List
WordPress Plugin List
- Customizable Themes – As a designer, this is definitely my favorite thing about WordPress. I LOVE the fact that you can choose a WordPress theme and customize it to fit your needs. You can do that by adding and changing things like the header, background, fonts, navigation and site colors. Some themes are more customizable than others and for those you can even custom design your layout. In order to do this on your own, you will need some knowledge of CSS or you can hire me to help you! (hint hint)
- Inexpensive – To me, this is huge. In this day and age many businesses cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars to have a site built from the ground up. But with WordPress, you can get a professional looking website and blog (all in one) for just a fraction of the cost. Click Here to see the WordPress Customization Packages we have available.
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