WordPress Web Site Design
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source, robust platform for developing modern, standards-compliant websites and blogs. It has an advanced, intuitive content management system (CMS) that allows users to log-in to their website and:
- write news articles
- update pages content
- add images
- keep site content current
…. without any knowledge of HTML or web programming.
It is being used to power thousands of web sites all over the world and has an active development community. This ensures it will have a long life, and be kept up-to-date to deal with the very latest security issues.
Why we like WordPress Web Site Design
Ashdown Technologies has offered professional web site design since 1994. In that time, we have never found a content management system (CMS) that is as easy to learn and easy to use as WordPress. With little or no knowledge of HTML, a web site design based on it allows you to make changes to your site quickly and easily on your schedule. We have used other CMS products like Joomla and Drupal, but our customers repeatedly tell us that WordPress is far more intuitive and easy to use.
But won’t my site be Cookie-Cutter?
No! Our web design experts ensure that your site has a fresh and original visual appeal. Our depth of knowledge of WordPress themes allows us to avoid “look-alike” sites that can result from using some development platforms. All our site designs visually reflect the character of our customers and no two sites every look alike. Even if you are on a budget, we can provide you a custom look by starting with one of many available themes and templates, and then tailoring it to your needs.
What is a Blog and why would I want one?
In short, a blog is an area on your site where you can share ideas on a regular basis. It can be news, commentary or even just notes. For a company, it provides an area where you can constantly provide information to customers and prospective customers about what is happening with you and your business. It is also beneficial as part of a search engine optimization (SEO) strategy. The name comes from “Web Log” and offers an easy way for you to communicate your continuing message to your customers.
But I want my Blog Entries to be on Social Media too!
No problem! Plug-ins can easily be added to automatically send your Blog postings to all the major Social Media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This gets your message out to the maximum number of people while you spend the minimum amount of time creating it. It doesn’t get much more efficient than that!
How will I manage my WordPress site?
You will be given a user name and strong password that will give you access to the admin back-end of the site. From there you will be able to:
- edit and create pages
- manage blog entries
- answer user comments and questions
- add and change photos and images
- give others controlled access to your site’s back-end to add their content
- add and update plug-ins to add powerful new features
- change your site’s appearance
But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by all this capability. We “service what we sell” and offer complete site management services if you’d rather have us maintain your site, in collaboration with you, or entirely by us.
What are the Hidden Costs?
The WordPress framework is free from WordPress.Com. The vast majority of plug-ins are free, or have a very nominal cost associated with them. There are no licenses or annual fees associated with WordPress, although some larger plug-ins may have these. When we price out the development of your website, if there are any such fees these will be clearly shown. So there will never be any hidden costs. It’s just not the way we do business!
Where will my WordPress site be hosted?
This is an important question for you to ask. Many web site developers host their sites at third-party server farms over which they have no control. All our web sites are hosted at our own servers located in our own on-site Network Operations Center. As a result we have implemented Hosting Servers specifically geared to the needs of such sites. Each have custom-built features to keep your site secure from nefarious attackers. This gives nearly 100% up-time availability of your site, making it work for you 24/7/365. All sites are backed up at multiple levels, both on and off site, to make sure your content and data is safe.
Ready to get started with your WordPress Web Site Design?
We’d love to help you learn more about how a WordPress web site design can provide you the content management and blog capabilities you are looking for. A complete design starts at under $1000. Call us today at 508-476-3200 or contact us on-line.
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