WordPress, Your Content Management System
What is a content management system?
A content management system, often abbreviated to “CMS”, allows the website owner to make updates to their own content. This means you will rarely need a web designer which can be beneficial for two reasons: 1) You won’t have to wait for the work to be done, just do it whenever you have time 2) Updating your own website will save money.
When building a CMS I use a piece of open source (free) software called WordPress. It’s a community lead project with many contributing developers. It’s easy to use, good for development and robust. No wonder it’s so popular!
WordPress is the most used content management and blog platform in the world. At the time of writing, WordPress currently powers over 23% of all websites.*
*statistics taken from w3techs.com
WordPress development specialist
If you’re considering a WordPress powered website, you’re best off with a solid WordPress developer. I’ve been working exclusively with WordPress for over 3 years, creating quality websites for start-ups, agencies and large businesses. I can also develop additional functionality on top of an existing WordPress website, either into the theme, as a child theme or as a plugin.
What can I do with WordPress?
WordPress is all about giving control to the website administrator. Using the WordPress system you can log in from anywhere, create new content and manage your existing content.
WordPress comes with a high amount of functionality “out of the box”, but most projects require extra development to make things work just right for you and your business. Here’s a list of some basic functionality you can expect;
- Add, edit and delete your own pages
- Maintain your own navigation bar(s)
- Maintain an image gallery
- Add your own videos and images
- Add files for public use (such as PDF downloads)
- Create tables, lists and style text
- Run a blog that can be commented on by the public
- Have multiple users with different privileges
…and that’s scratching the surface of WordPress’s potential.
The learning curve
When clients ask me how difficult the website will be to maintain I say, “if you can work a smartphone or send an email with attachments, you will be fine”. Some of us are better on computers than others and some of us just have to juggle many things in life, so you can opt for a user guide and/or 1-2-1 tuition if this works best for you.
If you would like more information on WordPress, or a demo of how it works, please get in touch!