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You’ve decided to create a website or blog for your new business.  The developer and everything you read suggests using WordPress.  Should you listen to them? Depending on what you are looking to do, it may or may not be the best solution.

Word Press is a free and open source content management system (CMS) and blogging tool.  It is a very popular software used for web design and development and can be beneficial in saving time and cost. It has a reliable framework that has been around for a good amount of time.

As with many content management systems WordPress is simple and easy to use.  If you can create a Word document, you can publish a new article to your WordPress website. Once it is set up, you can update it any time you want.

WordPress sites can be customized by most web development professionals.  Many features such as newsletters, contact forms, and music players can be added to WordPress sites.  However, WordPress while good for some features is not necessarily for others. If you are developing an e-commerce site or sell products, WordPress would not be recommended. There are many inexperienced webmasters and novice programmers that use the platform simply because they can just search plugins.  However, not all plugins are good. Many plugins created by developers are glitchy and do not work properly.

If you are on a limited budget and do not have much functionality or are truly creating a blog WordPress can be a great cost effective solution. We would not recommended developing any robust business applications in an open source platform unless budget really restricts you.  Your project requirements and the scope and functionality of your website should determine if you should use WordPress.  We have seen many projects where site owner was dead set on using WordPress and their project ultimately was a compete failure because the platform just was not good for what they wanted to do. You should find a knowledgeable reliable and trusted website consultant that can guide you in how you should develop your business concept and determine what is right for you.

 

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