WordPress - CRM without the headache
- WordPress 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.
WordPress has only improved in the last few years, and the user community is extremely helpful.
Evaluation and Selection
Know what you want from your website before you load WordPress. Start simple, customize bit by bit.
- Vendor implemented
I've done self-hosting as well as professional hosting. I highly recommend going with a hosting provider that is familiar with WordPress! I use HostGator (www.hostgator.com), and they're excellent. Once you get DNS set up, there's almost no technical work necessary. I've never used WordPress.com, but I do know that many professional themes won't install on their hosting service.
WordPress itself is extremely easy to use. Unfortunately, the quality of some of the plug-ins varies, so you have to do a lot of trial-and-error to get the results you require. I have found that paid, professional themes and plug-ins are much more reliable - worth every penny if you want to get a website up without a lot of tinkering.