WordPress Powered Websites
WordPress is a content management system which powers 30% of the world’s websites!
The WordPress platform is a free, open-source application that has an extremely large library of free themes and plugins offering different cosmetic designs, layouts and functionality. The user-base and support forums are ideal for offering solutions for almost every topic relating to websites.
Setting Up WordPress
Installing WordPress is pretty straight-forward (for those who have done it before), and you can have your business up and running in half a day! To install WordPress – You will need to have purchased a domain with webspace and then connect WordPress to a database within your domain. The setup process takes around 5-10 minutes.
With a little bit of knowledge, it’s possible to customise themes and easily add plugins, adding more features to your site. For those people who have a small budget, this is an ideal place to start by doing it themselves.
Limitations of Free
However, with many WordPress themes, free and commercial, the option to edit and customise can be challenging. A lot of free themes have limited features and offer an upgrade to the pro version to encourage users to make a purchase. So, you think you’ve saved a lot of money by doing it yourself but soon discover that you have to shape your business around a theme – which is not the right way to go.
Copying a Layout or Design
If you like the design or layout of a particular theme or website, then I can help you achieve this. My normal approach is to start building the layout with a template design that outlines the physical structure. I will create editable areas of the structure so you can populate with your own content.
The template design can be re-used over and over on other pages or posts for a consistent design.
If this is something you would like to do then please give me a call. I will offer some help and suggestions on how we adapt a layout to your business needs. If you are curious about costs – see here for a guide on webdesign pricing.