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WordPress For Small Businesses

Professional WordPress Development For Small Firms

The WordPress Content Management System (CMS) runs over 43% of all web­sites, and two-thirds of all CMS sites. That’s more sites than any other system — even counting simple hand-coded sites. Clearly, using WordPress for small business web design pro­jects is a great choice. Still, there are lots of ways to build web­sites badly, even with WordPress. So small busi­nesses who are serious about success choose pro­fes­sional WordPress development.

Yet why is WordPress so popular?

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

The Benefits of WordPress Development

Unlike online site-building plat­forms, open source systems let pro­grammers inspect and modify the core code if needed. That can be risky, though. So WordPress lets us create plugins and 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.

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 using WordPress for small busi­nesses’ web­sites since 2005, 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 Small Businesses?

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?

Let’s chat!

Can WordPress Do Everything?

Whilst WordPress is a great starting point for most pro­fes­sional web design pro­jects, 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 systems I’ve built without WordPress because it wasn’t the right tool for those jobs.

That said, WordPress is popular enough to attract lots of invalid cri­ticism, too. Most is either just a sales pitch to sell you an altern­ative, or geek-snobbery. Often, the com­plaints are about things that are easy to change with plugins or a little coding.

So a basic install­ation of WordPress can’t 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 — WordPress can handle 99% of small business web design pro­jects. If someone defaults to “no WordPress”, they have an agenda. That bias 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. 

5.0 from 28 reviews
Ratings and reviews
  • 5.0 from 28 reviews
  • 24-05-2023

    Dave M.

    Thanks, Pete! Since you updated my site, business has gone crazy – I now have more work than I know what to do with!

  • 04-04-2023

    Mark R

    I use Netcentrics for all my business needs. Always a pro­fes­sional, super-prompt and to date flawless service. Excellent.

  • 02-03-2023

    Ceri E

    A fant­astic service! We are a small business just starting out with a new venture. Pete at Netcentrics has gone above and beyond to provide us with not only a fant­astic website, but also invaluable business and mar­keting advice. The whole process has been incredibly pos­itive and beyond what we expected com­pared to pre­vious exper­i­ences. He is incredibly know­ledgeable and sup­portive. His support did not stop at the end of the website build, he has con­tinued to make himself available ensuring that we know how to max­imise use of the website for our start up. We wouldn’t hes­itate to recommend Pete to anyone.

  • 18-11-2022

    Janet L

    Thanks, Pete — your advice is like gold dust!

  • 21-08-2022

    Barbara H

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much! In over 20 years of online retailing this is the best and most com­pre­hensive bit of help I’ve ever had relating to the dreaded SEO. I really appre­ciate it — many thanks again

  • 07-11-2021

    Sam G.

    You’re amazing — highly recommended!

  • 16-06-2021

    Abid Hussain

    Amazing service. Professional and out­standing company to deal with. Pete has great under­standing with online require­ments and core issue’s. Spent hours on the tele­phone explaining and working on the website to bring it up-to-date. Noting but grat­itude and respect to Netcentric. Highly recommend to any one through my exper­ience they have gone above and beyond.

  • 15-05-2021


    Pete is the most pro­fes­sional and know­ledgeable web developer I have exper­i­enced since 2016 as I have had many since. You won’t regret. I highly recommend him.

  • 05-10-2020

    Paul Mercer

  • 26-08-2020

    Susan Baynham-Evans

    Peter expertise is exactly what I needed . When I have ideas Pete makes them work. I could not run my website without him

  • 09-07-2020

    Emma Cunliffe

    Can’t recommend him highly enough. He was extremely pro­fes­sional, laid out exactly what we needed to do and his role within that, setting expect­a­tions all round very clearly, and working within our budgetary con­straints to set clear bound­aries. He was extremely prompt and punctual in his responses and work. He was also extremely patient with his recom­mend­a­tions and explan­a­tions, which were clear and simple to follow. Excellent value for us as a charity. We’re very grateful to him — he was a real pleasure to work with.

  • 05-06-2020

    Graham Smith

    know­ledgeable and pro­fes­sional service designing and building a website for a local SME business.

  • 05-06-2020

    Keary Birch

    Very helpful staff who really under­stood the problem and dealt with it.

  • 05-06-2020

    Ali van Dam

    First rate! Knowledgeable, pro­fes­sional and cre­ative. I would abso­lutely use Netcentrics again for future projects.

  • 05-06-2020

    Barbara Harris

    Amazing, pro­fes­sional service and speedy com­mu­nic­a­tions. Very impressed and highly recommended.

  • 05-06-2020

    JWComp Sol

    Netcentrics designed, imple­mented and have main­tained our company website for many years.If you want a secure and reliable website I strongly recommend Netcentrics.

  • 21-12-2019

    Alison van Dam

    I can’t say enough good things about Netcentrics.co.uk — thorough, know­ledgeable, ded­icated and innov­ative. Highly recommended.

  • 05-12-2019

    Helen Rich

    Very pleased with my new e‑commerce site from Netcentrics. Very pro­fes­sional, know­ledgeable, and highly recommended.

  • 05-06-2019

    Mark Davies

    I have been using Netcentrics’ SEO service and they have impress­ively managed to get over 250 of my keywords onto the first page of the search results. A very friendly and thor­oughly pro­fes­sional service. Highly recommended.

  • 05-06-2018

    andrew cocchiara

    Many thank’s Pete for all your advice and expertise over the years. A first class pro­fes­sional service and excellent value for money.

  • 15-03-2018

    Tim D

    Just saw that my site is now in 2nd place on the first page of Google. I’m not sure what you have done, nor do I under­stand it, but it worked! Many thanks!

  • 24-02-2018

    Paul G

    It is a pleasure dealing with a pro­fes­sional with a high degree of tech­nical skill allied to a ‘can do’ pos­itive attitude. Your ability to explain tech­nical con­cepts in layman’s lan­guage is also a great advantage. I would have no hes­it­ation in recom­mending your services.

  • 03-01-2018


    Excellent and pro­fes­sional work from beginning to end. Pete was open to ideas and able to make sug­ges­tions on how to develop my site.

  • 05-06-2017

    Ian A

    Fast, friendly, effi­cient service that exceeded the spec and made a com­plicated job hassle free for me. Five stars, would highly recommend and would happily employ again for all things web and internet based.

  • 05-06-2017

    Mo Rich

    A flour­ishing web designer, who is thorough and metic­ulous in everything he does. Will create a great looking unique and pro­fes­sional website par­ticular to your needs.

  • 14-09-2016

    Ian A

    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.

  • 31-05-2015

    Jayne H

    DogLost is the UK’s largest com­munity of pet owners and res­cuers. Other developers have struggled to meet our needs, but since Peter rebuilt our site and support systems we have gone from strength to strength, winning major awards including the 2013 Innovation Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. We couldn’t have done that without him.

  • 19-11-2013


    Cody’s Pet Deli is an online business that sells pet food & accessories. Approaching Pete to set up a new website was the best move I have made. We wanted a system that was easy to nav­igate and look good when cus­tomers shop online.Pete made the whole process simple and dealing with him was a great pleasure. He can’t do enough to help and solve any problem that may arise. I would highly recommend Pete for his exper­ience and know­ledge and total ded­ic­ation to see the project through to final conclusion.Steve H.

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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