We have been fielding lots of questions from our tribe recently about websites.
It seems many of you are confused about where to start, which platform to use, how much you should be spending, whether to DIY or outsource, the list goes on! But….
We have a solution for you! In the interests of serving our community, we have invited our resident wordpress guru Meg Appleby of Bloom Online, to answer some of the most common questions we receive from you, our tribe of loyal blog followers. Here's what Meg has to say in response to all those wordpress queries….
5 Reasons why I recommend wordpress to my customers
When you are first making plans to get your small business online, the options can be overwhelming. I often get clients asking me to help them cut through the confusion.
I recommend to most people that they get started with website or blog built using the WordPress content management system available for download from WordPress.org.
I love WordPress – and I’m not alone! According to Wikipedia some 14.7% of Alexa’s top 1 million websites are built using the WordPress platform – and as of August 2011, 22% of all new websites are built using it.
Here's why ….
1.Because it is cost effective
Its easy to set up a great looking, functional & effective website for next to nothing (and lets face it, a lot of small business have a budget of about that when they get started) . The WordPress platform itself is open source and free to download and use. You don't need to pay an arm and a leg for a developer or designer to make your site look fab – there are plenty of free and inexpensive premium themes to choose from. And you can extend your site to suit your purpose with a great range of free plugins that can make it do almost anything! All you really need to pay for to get your website up and running is hosting and a domain name.
2. Because it is flexible
WordPress is great for most types of websites. From a simple blog, to a more complex web store, it really can do pretty much anything you need.Wordpress is also easy to customise to your requirements – even if you are a novice user. The addition of a beautiful theme, and a few plugins can turn your website into a masterpiece. And if you want to get really clever, there is a wealth of information handy to help you add your own little touches – or go all out and build yourself a something completely unique.
3. Because it is easy to use.
You don't need to be a technical genius to make WordPress do your bidding. In fact, with no knowledge of code at all you can set up a gorgeous website. If you can use Microsoft Word (or an equivalent) then you can definitely use WordPress.Most hosting providers offer an easy install option for WordPress – and even if your host doesn't, it is not difficult to install it manually.
4. Because it has a great community of users
These users create themes, plugins, and hang around in forums just waiting to help you out. If you get stuck using WordPress there is always someone who knows the answer and they are not hard to find. Everyone out there was a beginner at one stage, and most people are more than happy to share their knowledge.
5. Because it has great documentation (aka instructions!)
The WordPress codex is thorough, easy to read and has ALL the answers. It is the official repository of all information you could ever want to know about WordPress – from how to install it and set up your site (it has a great section for beginners with everything you need to know to get started, to how to write a plugin – and everything in between.
Thanks Meg! We look forward to the next installment.
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