WordPress, Do It By Yourself Website Builder
Just like the majority of people, you have thought about making a website for yourself or a business. But unlike most of those people, you are actually serious about getting your site live. You’ve had a great idea, now it’s time to move forwards with the practical steps of building a website.
Undoubtedly, if you start looking into making a website, you will come across WordPress at some point in your journey (usually very quickly in fact). For those of you just taking your first steps in this digital world, this article will give you a rundown of WordPress in 2020. With this information at hand, you will hopefully be able to decide whether WordPress is the right choice for you to build a website with.
What is WordPress?
Millions of websites are built using WordPress, in fact it’s the most popular site builder in use. If you consider how many websites there are on the internet, 33% of them are built on the WordPress platform.
There can sometimes be a slight bit of confusion because there are two versions of WordPress that people use. The first of these is a content management system, which is WordPress.org. The second is a platform to host blogs, which is WordPress.com. Today, we’ll be focusing on the WordPress.org side of things.
You can use WordPress to build your website, set it live, and manage the content on it. There are themes available that help you customise your site to how you like and further plugins to add more functionality.
You will often read that WordPress is completely free to use. While this is true, people new to building websites don’t realise that there is still a cost involved with buying web hosting and also registering a domain name. If you’d like certain features, you might have to purchase them as well.
What type of site can you have on WordPress?
Online website builders is a competitive market. This has meant that some other sites have focused their builder on eCommerce, or design, for example. If you’d like to use them beyond these scopes, then you might not have the best experience. WordPress on the other hand is very versatile and can be applied to a number of situations effectively.
Some examples of sites built with wordpress are:
- Corporate sites
- Personal Portfolios
- Online Shops
These are by no means all of the types of sites WordPress allows you to build, but they are some of the most popular. Because WordPress is built on an open source framework, the community is always adding to it and improving different elements. The community is so large that chances are, if you need a particular function, there’s a plugin available.
The best bits about using WordPress
We’ve touched on some of these points above, but here is a summary of some of the pros of using WordPress:
- You are the boss of your site. With WordPress, there is not a third party that manages elements of your site and can limit your vision. With WordPress, you are in charge. You own the data and the files are yours.
- Customisation is easy to do. Your site can also be completely tailored to how you need it. There are thousands of templates to give your site a new design, which can then have your unique touch put on over the top.
- WordPress is so popular, pretty much all third party tools and applications can integrate without hassle.
The not so great parts of using WordPress
As with all things in life, there are good parts and bad parts. Below are some areas users might think WordPress could improve on. They are very important to consider when deciding if WordPress is the right sitebuilder for you.
- You have complete control of your website. While this is also a pro for many, it can also be negative. You will have to take care of a lot of elements of owning a website that you might not have realised. This includes keeping everything updated, backing up, and keeping the site safe and secure. If you don’t want to consider this, there are managed options available to use through hosting companies.
- Page design is sometimes clunky. It lacks the drag and drop slickness that some competitors have as default. Although, there are plugins you can install to make drag and drop page design accessible.
- Knowledge of HTML and CSS will make building your site and managing it much easier. You don’t need to learn how to code with WordPress, but it will prevent some times of frustration.
WordPress is a very good site builder. It’s versatile, free, and completely customisable. For those that are willing to put the time in, are not afraid to roll their sleeves up and get stuck into the technical things, it's one of the best choices out there. For people wanting to concentrate more on other elements of their project or business, WordPress can be as simple as you want it to be. It’s important to consider your needs, skills, and resources. Understanding these will help you make the decision if WordPress is right for you or not.