What is WordPress?
WordPress is one of the most commonly used blogging platforms in the world. But its capabilities now far exceed merely blogging. Today, WordPress is an incredible website builder too and a great CMS (content management system). So much so that 25% of all websites globally are built using WordPress.
So why do people love WP so much?
It’s cost effective. And it’s flexible. But one of the main reasons is the overall design of the platform and how simple the back end is to use. WordPress allows you to have complete control over your site, and lets you edit content, add pages and upload media as and when it suits. Even the most technologically-averse users manage to upload copy and images easily.
Most WordPress themes are also fully responsive. So whether your site is being viewed on a desktop, laptop or handheld device, your visitor’s experience is a positive one.
A choice of themes
Another exciting factor about WordPress is the number of themes available – some free and some paid for – and for specific industries too. From simple and minimal themes to all-singing themes with bells and whistles: each one can be fine tuned in terms of colours, images and layout to reflect your branding and your organisation.
The power of plugins
And there’s more. Something else that makes WordPress so popular are plugins and widgets. Made by the WordPress community – a group of developers and all round web wizards – these little add-ons can make a massive difference to your website’s capabilities and can do everything from displaying weather, to tracking the age and location of each visitor to your website. Each plugin is also subject to a voting system. So the more popular the plugin, the higher the rating. This means that popular plugins have been tried and tested by thousands of users and are safe to use on your site. What’s more, they’re regularly updated too.
Should I choose WordPress as my website platform?
At Datadial we’ve worked with hundreds of WordPress sites in the past. As a result, we know what works and what doesn’t.
WordPress does have its limitations – or rather its own idiosyncrasies – and that means it’s not always the best platform for certain projects. This is why we still have our own bespoke CMS for more intricate and high functioning sites, or we use CMS like Umbraco.
Talk to us about what you need for your website and we’ll always advise you on the best platform to use.
Where do we do it?
All our WordPress development work is carried out in-house at our Hammersmith office in West London, W6. We do not outsource our work. We are a team of about 15, geared towards building our clients’ businesses and brands online.