We recommend websites based on the WordPress Content Management System. Why is that?
When building a website, there are two main ways to go about the process: HTML files or Content Management System.
Creating a website this way requires coding skills, access to FTP, knowledge of how your hosting works and access to image manipulation software to prepare pictures. It’s a technical approach and entirely suited to people with coding skills or to businesses that can afford the services of a technical person to build and maintain the website. If you are a small business with limited resources, you may find this approach restrictive and expensive.
Content Management System
A Content Management System (CMS) requires technical skills to set up and configure, but thereafter requires only basic skills to maintain. We would set up the website to your requirements and then show you how to maintain it yourself.
This is important because a website that is regularly updated will perform much better in search engine results. Google (and others) take the view that if a website is regularly updated it is more likely to have information that is useful to their users.
This makes sense. Prices, products and services change and there is no point in keeping out of date information on your website. With a CMS, the business owner, an admin person, a third party or the web designer can all be delegated to keep the website fresh and up to date. So as a business owner you can add a new page about a new product, change prices and add new photos without having to put the changes in the work queue of a webmaster.
WordPress is the most popular CMS on the web, it provides the framework for millions of websites. Rock stars, car makers, universities and thousands of other businesses in many markets rely on WordPress.
Other CMS are available, so why is WordPress so popular?
Price – it’s free! The software can be downloaded for no cost. The price we charge is based on the time we spend in configuring, optimising and laying out content. There is no cost for WordPress itself.
Scaleability – A WordPress website works just fine if you have 2 pages or 2000. So it’s good to know that when your website grows with your business, you won’t have the headache of moving your website to a different CMS.
Ease of Use – WordPress is easy to learn. If you are comfortable with creating and saving a Word document, you will be able to pick up WordPress quickly. There is also a wealth of information on the web about how to use and how to make the most of WordPress or you can buy teach-yourself book.
Functionality – WordPress can be extended to provide all sorts of additional functionality. Do you want to sell online? Yes, can do that. Run a private members only website, make bookings for events or accomodation, sign up for newsletters? There are extensions for all these things and many more.
Security – WordPress is in constant development to make the system safer, more secure and to work better.
We recommend WordPress
We are very happy to recommend WordPress as a robust framework to develop your business website. You can find out more on the WordPress website.
To get you started, we offer a special Small Business Website Package for just £299
Interested? Call for a chat on 020 3129 6259