As one of the most popular content management systems, WordPress is an excellent platform for creating professional quality websites. While the standard installation has enough features to build a functioning website, there are plugins and widgets galore to extend that functionality for just about anything. It’s also open-source software, which means that developers can modify the code to adapt to their clients’ needs and WordPress websites are very SEO friendly.
Big brands who use WordPress include Marks & Spencer for Business, The New York Times, Katy Perry and the Top Gear TV blog.
WordPress Theme Development
WordPress sites built for EK Web clients are fully developed with custom themes for each site. Depending on the size and complexity of the website, the pages are designed with 3 or more layouts – e.g. Home page with full width, inner pages with sidebars, blog pages and posts. A whole host of features can be added to your website, for example:
- Homepage slider
- Image or product gallery
- Contact forms, quote requests and appointment booking forms
- Price lists and price comparison tables
- Blog or news pages
- Online portfolio
- Events calendar
Converting to WordPress
If your existing website was built a while ago or needs an upgrade, I can convert it to a new WordPress installation with a fully customised design.
Note – your existing web hosting package needs to be adequate for a WordPress install e.g.
- Linux hosting (Windows servers don’t play nice with WP)
- PHP version 5.2.4 or greater (recommended: PHP 5.4 or greater)
- MySQL version 5.0 or greater (recommended: MySQL 5.5 or greater)
E-Commerce with WordPress
With an integrated shop powered by WooCommerce, you can sell your products or services online; anything from a few items like jewellery, cards and gifts to more complex products such as clothing with variable colour and size options. You can even sell digital downloads and subscription based services.
The plugin comes with many standard features including product categories and variations, shipping rates, stock control, discount codes and various payment gateways. Free and premium extensions allow you to offer increased services or functionality – for example WorldPay, Paypal Pro, online subscriptions and checkout options.
Like any CMS (or website), WordPress requires a bit of upkeep. Minor upgrades are released frequently for security and bug fixes, while major releases happen every few months. There are also plugin and theme updates to consider.
Although it’s a fairly simple job to upgrade WordPress, it can be time consuming and you do need to back up everything first. EK Web can help with these processes and provide ongoing maintenance for your website if required.