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WordPress Development

The WordPress Content Management System (CMS) runs over a third of all web­sites, and two thirds of all CMS sites. That’s more sites than any other system — even counting simple hand-coded sites. So the vast majority of small business web design pro­jects focus on pro­fes­sional WordPress devel­opment. Yet why is it so popular?

Because WordPress is hands-down the most flexible, user-friendly content man­agement system around. It’s also free and open source.

Unlike pro­pri­etary plat­forms (e.g. most online site-builders), open source systems let pro­grammers inspect and modify the core code if needed. As that can be risky though, WordPress lets us create plugins and (visual design) themes to expand it more safely.

As a result, WordPress is sup­ported by a massive com­munity of designers and developers. The many hun­dreds of thou­sands of (free and premium) plugins and themes available can cover almost any vaguely-common need. When they don’t, developers (pro­grammers) can create new ones.

It’s worth noting that not all “WordPress developers” can program, though. Some are designers who only build web­sites at the com­ponent level (i.e. plugins and themes). That can be a problem when tech­nical issues arise — and they do, occa­sionally. So it is worth checking that your “WordPress developer” can code.

I’ve been building WordPress sites since 2004, hand-coding web­sites since 1997, and pro­gramming a lot longer than that. So yes, I have those tech­nical issues covered.

Pete is one of the most cre­ative, reliable, com­petent and ingenious people it has ever been my very great pleasure to work with. There is no problem he can’t find an ingenious and unex­pected way out of, and he has a work ethic you could bend horse­shoes around. I cannot recommend him highly enough for his breadth and depth of know­ledge and his total com­mitment to whichever project he is cur­rently under­taking. — Ian A. Web Design: (5/5)

How Can WordPress Development Help?

WordPress is the standard solution for simple editable web­sites, but can do much more in the hands of an exper­i­enced WordPress developer. Some of the plugins available change and expand it extens­ively. So the common goals of pro­fes­sional WordPress devel­opment include:

  • Ecommerce
  • Appointment Bookings
  • Event Ticketing
  • Membership sites
  • Community Forums
  • Directory web­sites
  • Portfolios
  • Sales Funnels
  • E‑learning sites

…and a lot more. Would you like to see how it could work for you?

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Can WordPress Do Everything?

Whilst WordPress is a great starting point for most pro­fes­sional web design pro­jects, like any tech­nology, it has limits. Sadly, some WordPress spe­cialists don’t seem to recognise this. So I’ve watched several “spe­cialist WordPress agencies” fail (expens­ively) to rep­licate things I delib­er­ately built without WordPress because it wasn’t the right tool for those jobs.

Then again, being popular, WordPress attracts a lot of invalid cri­ticism, too. Most of that is either just a sales pitch to sell you an altern­ative, or geek-snobbery. Some developers just don’t like the lan­guage WordPress is written in (PHP, which runs most of the web). Others com­plain about things that are easy to change with plugins or a little coding, because they never bothered to find that out.

So it’s true that a basic install­ation of WordPress has flaws, and no software could never be perfect for everyone. That’s easy to cri­ticise, but super­ficial — it can be fixed if you know what you’re doing. WordPress makes that rel­at­ively easy. Most altern­atives don’t.

Still, to be clear — 99% of small business web design pro­jects don’t remotely stretch the lim­it­a­tions of WordPress (let alone PHP). If someone defaults to “no WordPress”, they have an agenda. Usually one that will cost you a lot more, as bespoke coding is far more time con­suming and expensive. Whilst coders (like me) enjoy coding, I’d prefer to provide what you really need.

Still, if — after due con­sid­er­ation — WordPress doesn’t seem to be your best option, we can look at other systems and/or bespoke web devel­opment. There’s only one way to be sure, though:

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