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Professional Websites

As a pro­fes­sional web designer, even my simple website solu­tions are built to pro­fes­sional standards. That includes effective visuals, responsive (mobile friendly) and search-engine friendly coding and user-friendly nav­ig­ation. So “pro­fes­sional web­sites” is just a con­venient term for sites that do more than my simple sites, but don’t include eco­m­merce or bespoke web devel­opment.

These growth-focused web­sites are built to let you add unlimited pages of content. Search engines prefer larger sites with fre­quently-updated content. Good content also attracts back­links from other sites, which are vital for SEO. This is the essence of content mar­keting.

To run a blog, or a news page, you need some sort of content man­agement system, or CMS. Being based around a database, a CMS can let you do many other things too, like run mem­bership sites.

Such editable web­sites are more attractive to hackers though. So they need security main­tenance, which I provide through my Pro Hosting Plus package.

Business Sites — Professional Blogs & CMS Websites

WordPressOf all the blog and CMS plat­forms, Word­Press is the most famous. Many designers use nothing else. Others prefer altern­atives like Joomla, Drupal, CraftCMS, Octo­berCMS or CMS­MadeSimple. I’m happy with various systems, but Word­Press is the most popular, flexible default option.

Word­Press powers over 30% of web­sites and almost 60% of all CMS sites. That’s because it’s extremely user friendly and flexible. Thou­sands of plugins let Word­Press (WP) provide advanced eco­m­merce, book appoint­ments, run online com­munities and more. Unless the fea­tures you need are quite unique, there’s probably a Word­Press plugin for them.

WordPress Development

Word­Press also lets pro­grammers write bespoke plugins to provide fea­tures that existing plugins don’t. “Word­Press developers” like me can also dig into the code when things go wrong. It’s worth checking, though — some use the title just to mean they build sites with Word­Press, but can’t actually code.

Membership Sites

Clubs, char­ities, events organ­isers and pro­fes­sional asso­ci­ations often want to share certain content only within their com­munity. Some charge sub­scrip­tions for this, whilst others are free. Still, all such mem­bership sites need a system to let people register, login and manage their on-site pro­files. Some run forums to let members chat with each other, or allow members to publish content either pub­licly, or within spe­cific groups.

Such com­munity sites are a great way to support a club or promote a cause. Unlike blogs, these sites aren’t limited to a few staff logins. As such, security and per­formance con­cerns are even more vital for this type of site.

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