Designing Your Site Using WordPress
There are lots of designers out there who don’t want people to use WordPress when designing a website and they will tell you that it’s a blog, it’s not secure, it’s slower than a well built website, you need to keep updating it and many more negatives, but there are also some great reason to use WordPress too and here are a few, over and above the fact that it’s free to use:
It is estimated that WordPress runs millions of websites and as such, even thought it started as a blogging platform, there’s not much it can’t do.
There are some very well known site using the power of WordPress too, partly because of it’s blogging foundations, because integrating a website and a blog is a smart thing to do online, they wouldn’t use it if it was “flaky”.
There is a whole host of website and businesses set up to provide “Themes” for WordPress and so getting something to look great with little or no design ability is far easier this way: check out places like http://themeforest.net for a vast selection of these.
Because of the size of the community and the fact it is open source, WordPress is constantly improving and you can take advantage of this.
If you are wanting to link social networks to your blog or website, WordPress is great for this and it’s good for SEO too.
And if you don’t want to or are worried about setting up a WordPress site yourself there are plenty of people out there that can do it for you, for example our friend Chuck.
We always have people ask us what do we use on this site, so here are a few of the most relevant service providers:
- To manage our audience and email communication we use: Infusionsoft
- For most of our images, we use: Shutterstock
- Our web hosting and domain registration is done by: 123-reg and Realhosts.
- To automated and centralise our social media we use: HootSuite
- To help with SEO and lead generation we use: Webfire
- Video on this website is hosted on: Wistia
If you would like to find out more about any of the providers listed above, we review them honestly, provide details of alternatives (as they may be more suitable for you) and also other services we use in our resources section.