WordPress websites

WordPress started out as a blogging platform, but the people at Auttomatic (the brains that power it), have developed it way beyond that. WordPress is now extremely flexible and adaptable, but its open-source DNA makes it necessary to take decent security measures (that's not a problem, but you need to be aware of it). This website, for instance, is a WordPress website.
  • WordPress is the most widely used CMS (content management system), powering an estimated 23% of all the websites in the world;
  • Open source means there are tens of thousands of minds that work on making WordPress better and enhancing its posibilities;
  • WordPress’ core functionality can be enhanced by an ever-increasing range of free and premium templates and plug-ins;
  • WordPress is easy to learn and is a pleasure to use. If you never used it before there is a learning curve, naturally, but you’ll be able to work with it way faster than with competing CMS programs like Drupal or Joomla (which are also very good!);
  • WordPress is search-engine-friendly. The basic architecture is set up so that it is appealing for the Googles and the Yahoos who visit it to list you in their search results;
  • WordPress has a multi-site feature that allows you to create a network of related sites. Say you’re a University that needs a different website for each faculty, then you can have as many faculty sub-sites as you need from a single installation. The sub-sites can be different in look and feel (or similar), and they can be administered from a single dashboard (whilst giving admin rights to faculty site-admins too);

How to get started with WordPress

  • You need hosting

    Contrary to Weebly or Onepager, who host your website on their servers, your WordPress website can be hosted anywhere. There’s literally hundreds of providers out there offering their services. See my suggestions in the next column.

  • You need a theme

    A theme is a pre-made template for your website. It can be the skeleton that covers basics such as structure, navigation, and design, so that you only have to add your content. You can find good free themes, whilst Premium themes will set you back anything from $5 to $100 for single use (1 website).

  • You need security

    Whatever security claims you get from the theme developer or the hosting company, there’s always a few measures that you should take yourself to ensure the safety of your website. That includes things such as firewalls, comment moderation, spam filters, and backups, among others. These things cost some money, but it’s well spent (and cheaper than having to re-develop your site completely).

  • You need assistance?

    I’m available for help on a case-by-case basis. If you decide you want to do your own thing and you get stuck, I’ll be glad to help if you want me to assist you (ask for a quote).

There’s a difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com – read all about it in THIS POST.
Recommended theme developers

  • ORGANIC THEMES are professionally designed without excessive flashy effects, gradients, drop shadows and other unnecessary added “hormones” of the design world. With an Organic Theme, you receive a beautifully designed, complete theme as it was meant to function on the WordPress platform.
  • ELEGANT THEMES hold elegance at their core, and rally behind a shared passion for simple, beautiful design. What was once a one-man operation has grown into a diverse and distributed team of WordPress enthusiasts from all around the world.
  • TOMAS TOMAN is a freelance Czech designer who likes clean and minimalistic design. A good source for excellent free themes, but very affordable if you want to go for a premium version – which I’d like to recommend.
Recommended hosting providers

  • WP ENGINE is simply the best choice you can make to host your WordPress website. Knowledgeable support who take your business very seriously indeed, excellent value for money, and affordable for single sites, too. Chrisbizz.com is hosted there, by the way, and I’ve never looked back.
  • ORGANIC THEMES, in addition to being theme developers, also offer hosting services with a one-click install, backups, updates, support, and much more. Their “instant setup” product is priced at a very reasonable $29/month. And frankly, that’s a good deal.
  • BLUEHOST is a leading web solutions services provider. Since 2003, Bluehost has continually innovated new ways to deliver on their mission: to empower people to fully harness the web. Based in Orem, Utah, Bluehost provides comprehensive tools to millions of users throughout the world so anyone, novice or pro, can get on the web and thrive.
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