You Have a WordPress Website ….. Why ???
So you went and paid a web designer, or a firm, to create a website for your business and they gave you a website that was built using WordPress now what?
- Do you know anything about WordPress?
- Do you know how to use WordPress?
- Do you have any idea what WordPress can do or how it works?
Chances are the answer is “I have no idea” or “What is WordPress?”
This happens all too often for one reason or another. One of the biggest reasons web designers give clients WordPress is because its EASY!!! Clients just love the fact that they can login to the Dashboard and update their home page without calling the designer. That’s it, what a shame. There is so much more WordPress can do for both you and your business if you just took the time to configure WordPress and use it the way it was intended to be used.
Many of the WordPress websites I work on are poorly configured and poorly designed. Sure they look the way the client would like and have the information the client requested but they barely perform or show up in the Search Engines at all. What a waste, why do you have this website? What is the website suppose to do for your business? Who do you want to see your website and why? You paid to have the website created, what are you expecting it to do for you and your business?
- WordPress is nothing more than a platform with core features and functions you can utilize to create pages and post.
- The look, feel and functionality of a WordPress Site/Blog is largely determined by the Theme you select or develop. There are hundreds of themes out their you can download or purchase and from one to the next they can vary dramatically on how well they appear and function. Many people have no idea of the differences and how they can affect the website performance.
- Additional functionality and features can be added to WordPress by using Plugins. These are contributions by other OS developers and programmers and just like Theme they can vary in how well they work and how they can affect your website’s performance.
- The one thing you need to understand is that WordPress is Open Source Software and if you don’t know what that means you should look into it further. OS Software is developed by a community of developers. Some know a lot others know enough to get by so beware.
With that being said you can start to understand why some website work really well while others seem to lag behind.
Many of the things that allow the website to do well are unseen from the Dashboard and if you don’t understand code you will have a hard time figuring out how to fix or refine your website to load faster, look better or perform better especially when it comes to Search Engine Optimization.
It takes a while to really get good at using WordPress and the more sites you work on the more you see how many different ways things can be accomplished is something many don’t get the opportunity to experience.
If your not sure why you have WordPress you may want to ask a expert if it was really the best choice for your website.