Wordpress is an open-source publishing platform popular with bloggers, and a content management system, known for its simplicity and modifiability. Websites may host their own blogging communities, controlling and moderating content from a single dashboard. Can Save You Thousands Of Dollars On Web Development Costs And Put You In The Driver's Seat Of Your Online Vehicle!I have used WordPress for years to build websites for business clients, and also ran government and local council-sponsored training seminars and workshops teaching businesses how to grow their presence online using WordPress. After building hundreds of WordPress sites over the years and authoring a series of detailed WordPress training guides for beginners. I have recently turned all of my WordPress knowledge and expertise into a comprehensive Free WordPress training site at and developed WPTrainMe - a WordPress tutorials plugin that allows users to get instant access to hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials from their own WordPress dashboards.,WordPress allows users with no technical knowledge or coding skills to be in complete control of their web presence. WordPress can save business owners thousands of dollars in web development and web design costs. WordPress is a powerful, secure and highly scalable online content publishing platform and business marketing tool that costs almost nothing to run. WordPress can be configured to automate many areas of website management and online marketing, including automatic updates and automatically driving visitors from search engines and social networks to your site whenever new content is published. WordPress is open source software and benefits from the contribution of thousands of community users, including web developers and web designers. WordPress is regularly updated (on average every 3 months) to provide users with new features, bug fixes, and to address security vulnerabilities found in previous versions. WordPress is the most popular and fastest growing content management system in the world I have written a detailed article listing 50 reasons why WordPress is the ideal choice for most website owners here:,The biggest challenge I have found with WordPress is training - helping clients and business owners understand just how much they can achieve with WordPress. Even though there is so much great information online about WordPress, most of it is not organized into a logical system, or aimed at technical users. This is why I have years developing a comprehensive WordPress 'A-Z' training system that takes users step-by-step through every aspect of using WordPress.,10,A WordPress site can be professionally set up and fully configured in hours at no cost, other than the cost of purchasing a domain and web hosting. A WordPress can be run and managed by users with little to no technical skills. I have built WordPress sites for previous clients that quickly outperformed their existing static websites and continue to deliver new visitors from search engines and social media networks with very little work required other than adding new content on a regular basis.,xsitepro,frontpage,dreamweaver,joomla,blogger,2,1,Sales and marketing Integration with 3rd party merchants and applications (e.g. e-Commerce, Affiliate program, analytics, etc.) Membership site with custom-developed WordPress plugin,WordPress is open source and highly configurable, so a lot of customization is possible. We developed a unique custom plugin that allows us to deliver hundreds of detailed training tutorials directly into users' own dashboards. This plugin is the core of our business and connects information built with and stored on our WordPress site, to the sites of other WordPress users. For almost anything you can imagine or want to do with your WordPress website, there is already a WordPress plugin available that can instantly give you that functionality, or you can create a custom plugin to do this. Most existing solutions that add new functionality or a new design to WordPress are either free or very inexpensive and extremely simple to install, allowing you to save thousands of dollars on web development / web design costs.,As our business is centered around providing non-technical WordPress users with access to a comprehensive WordPress training solution via our unique WPTrainMe WordPress training plugin (visit for more info), our goal is to continue developing our plugin to the point where it will hopefully become an integral part of WordPress itself, providing users with instant access to a fully integrated, context-sensitive help resource. We believe that anything is possible with WordPress once users understand just how powerful WordPress really is, and that anyone can be in complete control of their own web presence without depending on people with advanced technical expertize, if they just learn what to do.,10,Yes,Price Product Features Product Usability Product Reputation Third-party Reviews,To put it quite simply, if we had to do it over, we would have switched over to WordPress sooner. We were aware of the existence of WordPress for several months before we switched over, and during this time we invested hundreds of dollars in web development applications to help grow our web services business. We could have saved this money if we had used WordPress.instead.,Implemented in-house,No,Change management was minimal,Learning how to install WordPress (very easy once you know how). Learning how configure WordPress settings (very easy once you know how). Learning how to automate WordPress for search engines and social media integration (for driving visitors automatically to your site whenever you publish new content).,10,Self-taught,Some aspects of learning WordPress without training are easy, but figuring out how to put everything together after the initial steps can be very time consuming. Unless you have plenty of time to scour the net looking for information on what to do next when learning how to use WordPress, I would strongly recommend downloading the WordPress User Manual at to learn how to use your WordPress site effectively.,10,Yes. We have spent years documenting best practises and processes for expertly configuring WordPress and turning these into detailed step-by-step tutorials which guide users through the entire WordPress configuration process. These tutorials can be instantly accessed through your WordPress dashboard by downloading our WPTrainMe WordPress training plugin (,Some - we have done small customizations to the interface,Some - we have added small pieces of custom code,As mentioned several times in my review, we have developed a WordPress training plugin that allows users to instantly access hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials directly from within their own dashboards. We have spent many years creating these tutorials as part of a well-organized WordPress training system and believe this plugin could have a major impact in the area of WordPress training, especially for business owners and non-technical WordPress users.,Yes,8,No,I get exceptional support from WordPress by: Browsing their support forumsReading the documentation on their siteStaying informed about educational events and initiatives for the user community (e.g. WordCamp, WordPress TV, etc.) Receiving regular software upgrades automaticallyVisiting sites of other WordPress experts for tips and inspiration,Expanding functionality (e.g. adding a membership site, customer poll, contact form, advertising banner management system, e-commerce, etc. - can be done in a couple of mouse-clicks with no technical skills required) Changing the entire look and feel of your site's web design (can be done in a couple of mouse-clicks with no technical skills required) Adding, editing and publishing media rich content to the web instantly (can be done in a couple of mouse-clicks with no technical skills required) Installing WordPress on a domain name (can be done in less than a minute with a couple of mouse clicks) Updating software and software components (can be done in a couple of mouse-clicks with no technical skills required),If you want to customize the application you will need to know how to code or edit PHP. It's best to hire a WordPress developer for this area. In terms of WordPress site management, performing a complete maintenance routine (upgrading and backing up WordPress files and database, troubleshooting, etc). There are ways to automate some aspects of the process (e.g. backups), but to perform a complete and thorough maintenance routine requires a step-by-step system. Once you know the process, however, then it's quite easy to do and takes only about 15-20 minutes to do. Learning how to manage WordPress is covered in detail in our WPTrainMe WordPress training tutorials plugin (, so anyone can learn how to easily do it. In terms of WordPress site security, hardening your WordPress installation security. Internet security is a complex issue, and there are ways to protect your WordPress installation from hackers and malicious users using various plugins, but this requires knowing what to do and following a step-by-step process. Once you know the process, however, then it's quite easy to do and most of it only has to be done once. Learning how to secure and protect a WordPress site is covered in detail in our WPTrainMe WordPress training tutorials plugin (, so anyone can learn how to easily do it.,Yes,10,10,10,9,Aweber - autoresponder integration. Visitors can sign up for newsletters and opt-in forms on the WordPress site and all the email marketing is then run from the Aweber application. HotelsCombined database application - integrated the travel and hotel booking application with an affiliate site. Visitors can search for travel destinations and book hotels using the third-party software from HotelsCombined on the front-end, and the backed of the site is all WordPress. e-Commerce. Customers can purchase and download products from various sites we have built and pay using their credit card or Paypal through the secure merchant facilities we use on the site.,As WordPress continues to grow, more and more systems and applications are developing plugins or add-ons every day that allow their technologies to integrate easily and seamlessly with WordPress.,File import/export Javascript widgets,8,Search for WordPress plugins that can do what you want first before looking for other applications or services that require custom integration work to be done. There are thousands of excellent plugins for WordPress already available that can do almost anything you can imagine or need done, and these can be inexpensively purchased and easily and quickly integrated with your WordPress site.,10,10,In the case of WordPress, there is nothing to negotiate with the vendor. WordPress makes the self-hosting version of the software available completely free of charge to anyone, with no licensing costs and the rights to modify the source code however they see fit. Anyone can download the software at no cost and perform unlimited site installations.,Read the software licensing terms and the site's documentation, and get educated about all that WordPress can do to help you create a successful online presence. If you are considering starting your own website, or if you are unhappy with your existing website, ask web developers to build you a WordPress site, then consider installing the WPTrainMe WordPress plugin on your site to learn everything you need to know about using, managing and growing your web presence using WordPress.,Yes,Improved features Bug fixes Security vulnerabilities from previous versions addressed.,More improved and new features More bug fixes More security vulnerability issues addressed.,Yes,NoWordPress - CRM without the headacheWordPress is normally thought of as a blogging platform, but through the use of plugins and sophisticated themes, such as Headway, it can be used as an excellent content management platform as well.,Many content links are stored as fully qualified URLs. As a result, re-naming and re-structuring a WordPress site is extremely difficult and requires direct data manipulation in the database.,I can put up a professional-looking website in just a few hours without messing with HTML, CSS, or any type of programming language.,10,9,40,Membership portal for the Austin chapter of (ISC)² (Information Security Consortium). My personal technology and security blog.,No,,Vendor implemented,10,Self-taught,I found it easy to learn. If you have a fair amount of experience running websites, it's pretty straightforward.,I have a large number of features that my users expect, so I spent a lot of time making sure that the integration was seamless.,Yes,10,8,10,BuddyPress (open source social networking for WordPress).,I would like to integrate with Google's calendar and hangouts.WordPress for Your Corporate Website? Think Twice.WordPress is the defacto standard for building small websites of say 20-30 pages. Easily integrate all or most of the functionality you need - using plugins. Speed up performance with caching through a separate module. Integrates with various content-delivery networks.,For larger sites - say over 20 pages - a WordPress install can and will quickly get out of control. High learning curve for WordPress development. The WordPress system selects which template to render a page based on a complex decision tree that is internal to the product. To be an effective developer, you need to know PHP, MySQL, Javascript, and be willing to spend much time in the WordPress codex mastering the specifics of the product. Integration with third-party products depends on plugins which may suddenly stop working. Each individual plugin comes with its own CSS style sheet and styling the plugins to look like a seamless part of your brand takes a very long time. Caching is not built into the product but occurs through a third-party plugin. You have to toggle caching on and off to see what is really going on with your site. Performance can be an issue - particularly if you are running a large site and/or simply need/want to deliver a lot of assets on smart phones and tablets. There is no content-delivery network built into WordPress and integrating with a third-party CDN takes technical skill. WordPress does not come out of the box with a granular permission system suitable for business. This makes setting up groups of users with differential access to various parts of your corporate or enterprise website relatively difficult. Security is always a concern with a WordPress site.,Saved money vs. a high-cost CMS. Supports non-technical users who need to add routinized content to the website. Low cost fairly flexible tool set.,1,4,10,5,Develop a website for our own use or clients. Enable non-technical content contributors to add / change content. Make sure that all content on the website is optimized for findability. Make content visible through social media. Support lead generation efforts. Support outbound email marketing and lead nurturing. Support the ecommerce needs of our clients.,,,Implemented in-house,4,Self-taught,The product is easy to learn without training but it takes an investment of well over 100 hours to become a competent - not proficient - WordPress developer.,To make WordPress work as more of a content management system. WordPress was really designed as a blogging system and this shows in the product.,3,2,2,2,Optify. WuFoo. CloudFlare. Salesforce. Marketo. Pardot.,,No special terms - the software is free.
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Wordpress is an open-source publishing platform popular with bloggers and a content management system. The appearance of a Wordpress site and many of its functions are managed through themes, and further customizable through altering code, though altering code is not required; templates and plugins to expand its capabilities are plentiful. Wordpress features integrated link management, and a search-engine friendly permalink structure. WordPress now allows multiple blogs to exist within one installation. Websites may host their own blogging communities, controlling and moderating content from a single dashboard.

Wordpress is popular due to its simplicity and modifiability. Furthermore implementing Wordpress costs only time. Two paid versions exist. The $99 premium plan allows a user an ad free custom domain with 13GB of space and advanced customization. The $299 Business plan allows unlimited space and supports eCommerce as well.

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