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Getting Started with WordPress?

January 31, 2016

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So you’ve decided that you want to create a blog or even improve your current website. Maybe you want to make your current website responsive so that it will look good on mobile devices, or just attach it to a powerful robust content management system that will give you complete flexibility. With WordPress all is possible and the sky is the limit.

While WordPress was originally classed as just a blogging platform, WordPress has evolved throughout the years and now allows developers to create fully functional websites, mobile applicants and even eCommerce websites. According to recent data, WordPress now powers 22.5% of all websites on the Internet and is growing at a steady pace.

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The best part about WordPress is that it caters to all levels of coding experience. Whether you simply want to create a standard blog, or a complex website with tons of features, WordPress can do it all. Furthermore the WordPress CMS can be completely customised giving you complete control over your project.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a free open source blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. You can download it instantly and modify it according to your needs. The installation process is pretty basic and once you have got passed choosing your domain and selecting a hosting service, the rest is quite simple. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. There are over 2500 WordPress themes and the amount of plugins are endless. Regarding WordPress hosting we use WPEngine but there are tons of other services out there, including two popular ones BlueHost and Hostgator. Compared to it’s rivalries, Joomla and Drupal, WordPress is considered to be the easiest one to learn. If you have a nack for coding or want to get your hands dirty setting up everything, then WordPress is the best way to go. There are thousands of templates to choose from, all at reasonable prices. WordPress is often used by web designers and folks that want to start a small site and have no prior knowledge of designing websites. Remember though, if you need a more complex site with specific demands or custom HTML, then you might need some help with the programming side and setting it all up.

Often, medium to large size companies prefer to stick to their own site structure and brand requirements and therefore want to custom WordPress using it only as a CMS. If this is your case then feel free to contact us as you might need some assistance setting things up, especially as things can get a bit tricky. Our top Custom WordPress Theme Designer is always here to help. Furthermore, for those of you who are also looking for a solution that will help you rank well with Google, WordPress is Search Engine Friendly. It is written using standard compliance high quality code and produces semantic mark up which makes your site very attractive to search engines. By design, WordPress is very SEO friendly, and you can make it even more SEO friendly by using the WordPress SEO plugin or Yoast.

Ways To Use WordPress?

WordPress can be used in many different ways. It is open to possibilities. Our site is not a blog, it is more of a business resource website, and we are running it on WordPress. If you want you can even develop complete systems, such as a lead manager on WordPress. In our experience WordPress can be used to develop a Blog or Personal Website, Business Website, eCommerce using WordPress eCommerce Themes, Job Board, Business Directory, Portfolio, Coupon Website, Multilingual Websites, School or College Websites, Affiliate Website and Online Stores. WordPress gives you everything you need to get a high-quality website up and running in very little time. At TechSors we recommend to most our clients to develop their projects based on WordPress due to the following:

1. Easy to operate.

Once the site is up and running and fully customised, you can make changes to the website yourself without having to know any HTML coding. Adding pages, blog posts, products, images and editing current content is easy on WordPress. At TechSors, we supply you with a set of training tutorials to walk you through how to manage your website yourself when you build a WordPress website with us. This will save you a great deal of money since you won’t have to pay your programmer to make every change you need done on your website.

2. Cheaper to build.

WordPress offers a huge variety of themes which can be used to build the website. When you begin with a theme, you cut down significantly on the amount of time it takes to build a website. Furthermore our professional programmers have vast experience in customising themes so that they meet your requirements. For those who require a custom design, connecting the site to the WordPress CMS is also an option and will give you complete flexibility in managing your site.

3. Manage Your Website from Any Computer

WordPress is browser-based. You or your employees can login from any Internet connected computer and manage your site. If you need to change things, upload a promotion or want to add a new page to the site, it can be done in minutes.

4. Develop Your Own Look

If you represent a medium to large size business then you might need complete customization. Although there are many business themes, WordPress offers plenty of opportunities for complete customisation. Customising a given template is relatively easy, although it does require some knowledge of CSS and HTML. You can also go for PSD to WordPress to get the exact look your brand is looking for. To know whether WordPress is truly right for you and your business, you need to identify exactly what you want to do with your online business presence. Consider all your goals the features and functions you want from your site – forms, online catalog, online shopping cart, connectivity with social media, etc.

If you don’t know how to start, then feel free to contact our team of specialists who will take you through a unique process and assist you with developing your project.

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Adam Perl
Adam Perl is VP Marketing at TechSors, a digital agency that specialises in Content marketing and Web Development. Adam's work experience spans 10+ years of strategic marketing & planning for online international companies in the financial, gaming, eCommerce and the travel industry.