Let Me Tell You About Wordpress!
How long has it been around?
WordPress grew out of its predecessor b2/cafelog in 2003, and it quickly began to garner a dedicated user base. Within five years it was the biggest content management system in the world.
How popular is it?
It is the world’s most popular web management platform, with 75 million blogs and over 34% of the world’s websites.
Noteworthy: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
WordPress.com is the paid webbuilder service, where as WordPress.org is the organizational website behind the software. On this site, you can read news about WordPress, find out about community events, and learn about new features.
What is the cost of Wordpress?
As compared to other webbuilders, WordPress is generally affordable. But buyer or big foot beware: depending on what themes, plugins or third-party features you use, the costs can start to add up.
Also, it can take some effort to learn WordPress, so if you’re short on time or you struggle technically, you might very well find yourself hiring a professional to get it finished, which could really blow your budget.
Does WordPress have a free or budget option?
While WordPress has a free option, it is not appealing – you’ll end up with a WordPress.com subdomain, 3GB storage, WordPress.com ads and limited templates.
Does WordPress have a money back option?
WordPress offers a 30-day refund.
What are the payment options?
You can pay with most major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal.
What are their plans?
Sasquatches typically like to think they can do anything – live in subzero temperatures and avoid all of humanity? No problem. Making a Wordpress website with little tech skills, well, that’s could become a bit of a headache. While WordPress supporters will argue that anyone at any skill-level can pick up WordPress if they spend enough time on their tutorial videos and practicing, you’ll have to decide for yourself whether you have the time or interest in working at it. WordPress is one of the least intuitive/easy website builders. Some themes aren’t drag-and-drop editor and it wouldn’t be uncommon to need coding skills to do edits and design work. If you are willing to spend the time to learn you’ll be happy with the flexibility and cost, but do set your expectations accordingly.
Do you have to have any technical skills?
You can learn a lot with WordPress’ online videos, but you’ll be much better off if you have some technical skills.
Can you create or make edits from a tablet or phone?
If you have an iOS or android device, simply download the app and away you go – edit content, write posts, manage photos. You can also do some basic analytics.
How is the WordPress template and photo selection?
How’s the template selection?
On last check, WordPress has almost 300 themes to choose from, with lots of beautiful and industry-specific options. Depending on which theme you choose, the cost can vary. WordPress has 92 themes which are free (which serve most people just fine), but you could pay upwards of $150 for certain creative or business templates. The average cost for a theme is $40.
How’s the stock photo and video selection?
WordPress has a free photo library courtesy of Pexels, which offers over 40,000 beautiful and useful copyright-free images.
Is WordPress customizable?
Freeeedommmmm….if there’s one thing we Sasquatches value more than anything, it is to have the freedom to roam, freedom of choice and….freedom of unequal customization! One of the main reasons one-third of the world chooses WordPress is for its flexibility and adaptability. There are endless menu options, thousands of plugins, and you can essentially customize any theme and design options.
Can I insert my own code?
The answer is yes, in fact, you should plan to.
What would you do if you wanted to create a platform with ultimate functionality? Well, you’d reach out to the world to help you build them. That’s what WordPress has done, and developers have flocked to Wordpress, creating a massive app store. You can find an app for whatever you want to do – you’ll pay for some, but many are free.
Can I integrate with apps?
There are about as many WordPress apps and plug ins as there are snowflakes on Mount Everest. Perhaps I’m exaggerating a little bit, but with over 55,000 available plugins it is a vast collection of options.
Does WordPress have newsletter capabilities?
WordPress has you covered - there is a 'Mailchimp for Wordpress' plugin that lets you connect in.
How is WordPress’ blog feature?
As mentioned earlier, WordPress stands above the rest in terms of blogging functionality
Is WordPress SEO (search engine optimization) ready?
SEO is another area where WordPress’ versatility is a big benefit. The ability to control your key words and website structure and even select SEO plugins, allows you far more control and ability to boost visitors. Not to repeat myself, but again, it helps if you have some technical knowledge to set things up properly.
Is WordPress good for businesses?
What type of business is WordPress best for?
I like to say that WordPress is best for the B’s – Bloggers, Builders and Big Content. WordPress was first created as a blogging platform and absolutely has the best blog features out there. I say Builders, because WordPress is best suited for someone who has built a website before and has basic coding skills. And, if you have a big website with lots of content, WordPress has one of the best content management system in the webbuilder world.
How WordPress good for e-commerce?
WordPress is a good option option for e-commerce, but it doesn’t necessarily rise above the rest. You can use different ecommerce plug-ins for your WordPress site, WooCommerce plug is the most popular and is estimated to run almost a third of all ecommerce sites on the web. It is also free and easy to use. There are a number of other very useful plugin and extension, including options for digital downloads, various payment options and marketing tools. As you choose an e-commerce site, the thing to remember is that unlike Shopify or SquareSpace, WordPress was originally created as a content management system not an ecommerce platform and it’s not a simple system to use.
Does WordPress work on all devices?
Most WordPress themes are mobile responsive, but make sure you check – they aren’t all device-friendly. If you don’t have a mobile responsive theme, there are a number of plug-ins that you can use to optimize your site.
How fast will my WordPress site load?
WordPress will give you ~300ms load time.
What’s the uptime?
WordPress shoots out the lights on this one, >99.99% uptime.
How secure is WordPress?
The quick answer here is: it depends. With so many website worldwide using the WordPress platform, it is bound to be a target for hackers. WordPress itself is fairly secure and has most of the required functions, however, it required the site owner/builder to enable these features and keep themes, plug-ins and security tools up-to-date. WordPress security depends on how much you invest into making it secure.
Does WordPress provide analytics?
Unfortunately, WordPress doesn't come with built-in analytics. That being said, you can install Google Analytics on your WordPress site to get the data you need.
How is WordPress for customer support?
WordPress itself has an excellent support site with videos, screenshots, and walkthroughs detailing many of the questions and problems users encounter while using WordPress.com. If you need extra help, there is a very extensive community of users and developers (2 decades and 1/3 of websites -sized community!) who have contributed to online forums.
If you can’t find the answer to your questions, WordPress paid users can access 24/7 email support and 5/7 live chat. Most users are quite happy with the level of service on email and live chat, finding it quick and helpful; however, there does appear to be the occasional user that struggles to get the support they need (i.e. there are a number of complaints on site reviews).
What type of support does it offer?
WordPress offers email and live chat support for all but the free plan. Business plans can schedule 1-on-1 support. No phone support is offered.
Does it come with a free domain?
With the exception of the free plan, you get a custom domain name for one year with every plan.
Is hosting included?
Hosting is part of all plans.
Can I move my site over to another web builder?
Again, with Wordpress freedom is the name of the game. You can absolutely move your site to another builder if you choose.
Is email included with the site?
WordPress does not offer email hosting, but it does provide email forwarding, letting you use your custom domain in your email address. All your mail will be forwarded to an email address you choose, but any replies will be sent from your personal email address.
There’s a reason Wordpress is the most popular webbuilding platform in world – it’s affordable, has nice templates and fantastic blogging and business functionality. Where Wordpress really rises above the rest is in it customizability – not only does it have the largest app market out there, it is very coder-friendly, allowing users to create whatever their free-spirited yeti hearts desire. But with this freedom comes complexity – Wordpress is one of the most difficult webbuilding platform to use. Wordpress is a good options for the more advanced users or someone who has the time and willingness to learn, but any non-technical user should probably stick to something simpler.