Free, Open Source
WordPress was released back in 2003 by Automattic, and quickly became the world’s favourite blogging platform. WordPress.com utilises its software to provide an easy, accessible blogging service for writers who don’t want to host their own websites, but they also offer their software as a free download for those who do. Whilst the hosted service is considerably limited, by comparison, the self-hosted version from WordPress.org is fully customisable, updatable, and extendable in nature, making it perfect for scaling from self-employed startups to major corporations like CNN. Innumerable developers collaborate to design and develop not only the core software but also thousands of plugins and themes, making it particularly robust and easy to find support.
WordPress.org provides an enormous library of plugins to extend any theme’s capability, as well as a variety of excellent general-purpose plugins, which make adding and modifying contact forms, live chats, modal popups, galleries, and even e-commerce stores not only possible but far more efficient than custom-coding for each project. This enables us to provide you with services that are quickly implemented and budget-friendly, and simply tweak code and configure settings to your needs. With WordPress plugins, it can take just a few hours to configure new functionality for your website, not months of developing expensive custom solutions.
SO much more than blogging
The basic core software of WordPress enables us to create two post types: Posts and Pages. Whilst we do recommend that you have a blog or news section on your site (Google loves regular content updates) we know that not everyone wants one. That’s fine, though, as they never have to be used and we can simply rely on Pages to display your information, which is what many business websites do. We can even create custom post types which power e-commerce stores, online courses, booking systems, and much more. WordPress has grown well beyond its blogging roots and now stands as a reputable CMS (content management system) in its own right.
WooCommerce lets you set up shop
The heavily customisable WooCommerce plugin turns your WordPress website into an online store, by seamlessly blending in a catalogue of your physical and/or digital products, as well as account pages and checkout options which can fit neatly into your existing site.
Unlike Magento, EKM, Shopify, etc, you don’t have to plan for an e-commerce store from the beginning, or shell out expensive fees each month to display your products, so you can add your store later and have it designed and configured at a time that is right for your business.
Sticking with WordPress enables us to become experts in our field. Working with it every day gives us a solid foundation for providing support and developing new features. Whilst we might also use other platforms depending on the project requirements, WordPress will always have a special focus for us as we continue to utilise its fantastic benefits to deliver great value and efficient production for our clients.
With WordPress and a great hosting provider, there are endless possibilities available to developers and business owners for creating diverse and scalable websites!