I’ve always enjoyed writing. Don’t worry I’ve kept this brief. Shortly after I started writing match reports for my local cricket club, I realised I wanted to give them a permanent home.
A quick Google search later and I’d discovered WordPress.
This post highlights the key reasons why I fell for WordPress, and why I think you will too.
WordPress is defined in many different ways, but essentially it’s a free software programme which you can use to build a website. I’ve mentioned two of the reasons why I choose WordPress in that last sentence, so I think it’s time to get to the list.
1. WordPress is free
WordPress software and updates are free. First you have to decide which version of WordPress you’re going to build your site in; this article explains the differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com pretty well. If you’ve not got time to read that then allow me to summarise. The major differences between the two are that with WordPress.org you have to pay for hosting, but benefit from being able to adapt the themes available. With WordPress.com you can start straight away but you’re more constrained. You might find you have adverts placed on your site too. I went with the former.
2. Easy to set up
Technophobes can set up WordPress websites. All you need to do is download the software, find a host and purchase a domain name. These are really simple things to do, which leads me to my next point.
3. Easy to use
If you can use a computer you can use WordPress. WordPress websites are written in the same language as other websites, so you might find a basic knowledge of html useful (…or is it xhtml?? See, it doesn’t matter), but it’s by no means essential as the front-end interface is incredibly user-friendly.
4. You manage the site yourself
You’re not at the mercy of a website development company if you want something done. You can update the website with your own content as often as you choose. The website is yours; you can look after it with confidence.
WordPress is an ‘open-source’ solution, which means that there are thousands of developers around the world working on the platform to enhance what it can do. If you get stuck on anything all you need to do is Google the problem and someone somewhere will have written something about it in a forum. In addition WordPress comes with a heavyweight manual which provides guidelines on everything, in easy to understand language.
You write a Post on your website, view a draft, check for typos, set it up for search and then publish it. You can say what you want to say when you want to say it. You can even schedule a Post to go live later that day or week.
WordPress is a templating system that allows you to choose themes and plug-ins to make your website your own. Many of these are free, some you have to pay for. It’s fun exploring your options.
One of the key plug-ins you’ll need to install will help you with your search engine optimisation. These are the techniques you need to employ to ensure people find your site. There are free plug-ins available that will guide you.
Now you know why I choose WordPress and ultimately how Digital Davidson came to be.
If you’re interested in developing your own website, Digital Davidson can help you achieve this goal using the knowledge acquired from our own journey. I’ve no doubt when your site is up and running you’ll share the same views I have about the platform.
If you’re already a convert, what was it that made you fall for WordPress?
Perhaps you’ve got an idea you want to explore further. Why not let us give you a free consultation?