If you have a website that is over three years old you are probably dependent on your webmaster to make updates to your website for you. If your web designer programmed your site so you could make changes yourself, you probably paid an arm and a leg for that custom coding. And even if you can make changes you are stuck with that same vendor because it’s going to cost too much for another developer to figure out his HTML/PHP code and modify it. Also, if you want to add great features your designer will probably have to build and integrate them from scratch. Again, a rather costly scenario.
WordPress Changes All Of That
WordPress was developed with you, the non-techie end-user in mind. It was designed so you can upload pictures, post articles, even add navigation menu items and different types of pages and cool functionality like picture sliders and contact forms – all without knowing any computer coding. Thousands of developers around the globe are creating applications, called plugins in WordPress speak, that enable you to do just about anything you would want to do with your website, and the vast majority of them are free.
You may still need to hire a website designer since there is a bit of a learning curve to installing, setting up, and using WP, but at least he won’t have to start from scratch so his time is significantly reduced. Of course if you buy a website Kirbyworks builds for you we will take the time to show you around the dashboard you get.
WordPress is Open Source – No More Vendor Lock-In!
With literally thousands of WordPress developers around the globe making plugins for free for every conceivable need and thousands of website designers who know WordPress you are not stuck with the developer who built your website. If he is not doing a good job for you or is unable to do what you need for a price that works for both of you then you are free to go elsewhere. Website developers charging exorbitant fees to maintain a website, even just to make minor changes that take less then 5 minutes, is so 1990’s. Those days are over, or at least they should be.
Major Updates at a Fraction of the Cost
Many recommend updating your website every three to five years so it won’t look out-of-date, and that usually entails a complete redesign. With a WordPress website you can find a new theme any time down the road that has a look and feel you and your potential customers will like and it can be purchased and installed in less than a minute. You may need a designer to build it out from there but the time needed to build your new site will be drastically reduced compared to starting from scratch which means you will be paying a lot less for your new website. This website that you are on now, for example, is my second theme in a year. I was using a bare-bones theme that I had highly customized but found a premium theme I liked better called Modernize, bought it for fifty bucks, made a lot of customizations and had a shiny new website in one week-end.
Beautiful, Premium WordPress Themes Give Excellent Value
Most WP themes are free but there is a growing supply of gorgeous premium themes that cost about $50 yet take many days off the time it takes to build a website, saving you a lot of money if your designer makes use of them and passes the savings on to you. After seeing them you will have to agree they will give your business an outstanding professional first impression with a modern up-to-date look and feel. With so much of the design work having been done already we can include our expert Search Engine Optimization services to actually get your website found by people looking for what you have to offer for the price you used to have to pay just for a website not many years ago.