This blog post analyzes the advantages and disadvantages to help you decide if WordPress is the best option for your website. Without wasting time, let’s get right into the benefits of a WordPress website.
- WordPress is inexpensive
- Once created, adding content is easy
- When configured correctly, WP is secure
- A WordPress-driven site ranks nicely
- Minimal maintenance required
- Familiar flow for visitors
Besides the points listed above, WordPress is easy to move to a different web host. Based on over 20 years of web design experience, nothing is more important than having the freedom to move your website and domain name as you please. No other content management system makes this process as easy as WordPress does. Web hosts usually increase the pricing after the initial year and being able to move to a new host is definitely an option you want to have.
When is WordPress not right
Sometimes, simple HTML sites are the best solution because they don’t require a database. No database means almost instant load times and much increased security. If there is no database, then there is no reason to hack a website. Even if a hack would happen, changing the server password and uploading a copy of the content is all that’s needed to fix a problem.
How is a WordPress site made?
A professional web developer will use a local development environment running on a Linux server. When creating a WordPress site locally, a domain name and hosting are not needed and development can start right away.
Those who create WordPress sites on their own, first buy a domain name and a hosting plan. After logging into the web host, there is an option to create an empty WordPress site. Once the site is live, plugins and themes get added and all that’s left to do is uploading images and writing some content.
This, in a nutshell, is how most WordPress sites get created. There are many YouTube videos that explain the various stages of publishing a WordPress site for those who are on a zero budget. The advantage of hiring an experienced developer lies in the optimizations and tweaks. A self-published WordPress site is OK but most likely performs slower which affects the search engine ranking.
Speaking of speed, anyone can check if a website is made well by running a speed test. GTmetrix is easy to use and provides quality feedback that highlights the good as well as the bad parts. If your website gets a low score and, you have the time to learn why, then you must fix all the issues. Google says that the page load time is crucial for a visitor and if it takes too long to load, they move on. This is not what you want.
How much does it cost to hire a professional to fix my WordPress site?
It depends on the size of the site. A WordPress site that has just been published is cheaper to fix than one with dozens of pages. Usually, one to two hours are required to make a noticeable improvement to the performance score. Here at Prolific Web Design, the cost for a simple WordPress site makeover is only CAN $49.99 or as per quote. When time allows for it, we provide assistance for free to non-profit organizations.
If you are not happy with your SEO, Theme layoutg or page load speed then contact me for a free review. I’ll take a look and give you some recommendations depending on what I discover. The good news is that it doesn’t cost you anything to ask questions, so feel free to tell us about your project and what you want improved