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Using WordPress for Web Design: 7 Things You Should Know

No matter what type of content you’re posting, WordPress is one of the most powerful and useful tools out there. Whether it’s a company website, a blog, or a platform to promote your art, you could definitely use WordPress. Flexible and ubiquitous, using WordPress will help you set up any website you want, almost any way you want. You will definitely notice that many of the most popular websites on the web are powered by WordPress. Sites for the New Yorker, BBC America, MTV news, just to name a few. If you’re still not convinced of its utility, read the article below and decide for yourself.

Things To Know of WordPress for Web Design

You don’t need programming knowledge

This is probably the thing that scares people the most – do I need to learn how to code to get a site running? Well, with WordPress, you don’t. Some programming knowledge will definitely help you out. You will be able to really utilize it to its maximum capacity if you know some basic programming languages. But, for end-user usefulness, you won’t really need any programming knowledge.

…but bit too much for small websites

However, just because it doesn’t require any programming, doesn’t mean any basic website can use it. Or, rather, you can use, it’s just going to be wasteful. If you have a small website with just a couple of pages, like promoting a book or a location, using WordPress is a bad idea. The website itself will slow to a crawl if you force WordPress on it. Since WordPress has a ton of extra plugins, add-ons, themes and other goodies, it eats up your server’s resources. If it’s about posting regular content, or just a website with a ton of pages, then it’s definitely worth it.

Easy to use

Getting WordPress set up is as easy as one, two, three. You just download and install the program of the web, and that’s mostly it. We already mentioned that you don’t have to code anything to get it up and running. Its interface and features are set up in such a way that you can do everything with a click of a button. The admin interface is quite intuitive, having clear and demonstrable buttons and tabs that make your job a lot easier. Posting content, publishing posts, or doing any modification is a breeze.

…but updates are annoying

However, WordPress has this annoying tendency to update quite often. Now, on one hand, this is a plus, since the moment an issue has been found, WordPress developers fix it. But, this fix can often interfere and mess with your plugins and pages. This is especially problematic on large websites without dedicated developer teams. You may not even notice that a page doesn’t work until weeks after it happened. You can avoid this by getting a website design agency in Sydney, or any other kind of dedicated website building team for your company.

A ton of useful plugins, for free

One of the many things that make WordPress great are the plugins. Some are free, some are not, but you will definitely find a lot of them useful. With a huge library of plugins, you can add audio, integrate contact forms, and add Facebook fan boxes… All of these are very easy to install, as all you have to do is use a Word Press dashboard. You won’t need to download anything.

…but expenses can creep up

After some time you will notice that some amazing plugins are not free. In fact, they can be quite expensive. This can lead you to a nasty rabbit hole of investing a huge amount of money in shiny new plugins that you don’t really need. Some may even seem like really useful but are in fact just a red herring designed to make you spend money. If you have the money to spare, of course, go right ahead. Just remember that not every single thing out there is worth your money.

Does Wonders for Your Google rankings

Without going into too much detail, the better your Google rankings and search engine optimization, the higher the chances of your website ending up on the front page of Google. Search engine optimization (or SEO) helps you achieve this. WordPress comes with some SEO features right off the bat, and you can get a lot of plugins, both free and paid, that makes this even better. You can find plugins that track your keyword density, the health of your links, and much more.

Conclusion : 

We hope this article has proven useful, and that you made up your mind on WordPress. While it has its faults, this powerful tool will definitely help you out with your Website’s design. Just keep the above tips and notes in mind, and you’re good to go.

 

2 comments
  1. Rene Penigar

    Think about the most simple layout you can imagine for a simple purpose, and start adding components that are necessary. In the end you’ll be surprised how hard is to keep it simple.

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