Certainly Word Press is a solid platform and probably the best for business websites. Over the years, it has become more user friendly leading many bloggers and business owners toward Word Press sites. As with Blogger, there are pros and cons. I’ll try to share a few of the points to consider in making your choice.
Benefits of Word Press Sites:
First of all, I mentioned the primary reason most business owners choose Word Press is for search engine optimization. Unlike Blogger, you are able to add more detailed information to your articles and photos that help search engines crawl your post for information. With the Yoast Plug-In, you can help your information get found more easily leading to increased traffic.
Another benefit with Word Press are in the design capabilities. Most child themes offer LOTS of layout options, so you get a very unique look to your site. With the increased design capabilities, come more decisions and more set up time. In the end, it may be worth the extra effort made.
Another BIG positive I’ve discovered is the simplicity of creating a nice looking post in a quick amount of time. This theme uses Gutenberg Blocks, so if you want to add columns of information or a photo with text to the left, you just insert those blocks into your post.
Finally, another important factor and not necessarily a positive one is cost. Word Press sites cost money to maintain with plug ins, and you also must consider the cost of hosting. If you’d like to have a store on your site, you also will have a cost involved with set up and processing transactions and security. I currently have my site on Word Press, and I can provide you some information on those expenses just so you make an informed decision. I can also recommend where to host your site and who to avoid.
Once you’ve decided that Word Press is right for you, you’ll need to do the following:
- Decide on your theme (Restored 316, Hello You, or Georgia Lou Studios are themes I’ve used)
- Pick your color scheme
- Decide your theme (clip art or photos)
- and Choose your fonts
I also strongly suggest looking at your favorite websites and blogs to pin down features that you want. Do you want a Home Page and a Blog Page? What pages will you need? What widgets will you want to include and where? Look at the demo sites closely, and talk to friends about templates they are using.
Sign Up for a Design Slot
Once you’ve got an idea of what you’d like, then the next step is to schedule a design slot. To do that, simply complete the form below to help me prepare. I’ll get in touch with you when I receive it and confirm when I’ll be doing the site.