There are two choices when it comes to using WordPress for your website. You can either use wordpress.com or have it installed in your own hosting.
WordPress runs around 32% of the entire web. It commands around 50% of the global CMS market and it powers 15% of the top 100 hundred websites in the world.
It could also be the right choice for your business website – it is for many businesses already.
The first thing to be aware of is: WordPress is far more than a blog. In its earliest origins that’s what it was. That has long since changed.
If you add some plugins and make a few tweaks you have a full-blown Content Management System (CMS).
It can be:
- An e-commerce store
- A corporate intranet
- Serve many sites from one installation
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a an open-source CMS. It uses the MySQL database management system and the PHP coding language.
WordPress is popular because it’s easy to use. It also has plugins to look after issues such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
A vast army of volunteers maintain it which keeps the software free.
OK, so which option?
Unless you are looking for a powerful blog engine only, wordpress.com is not the best solution. Not for your business website anyway.
There are some costs associated with both options. With wordpress.com the basic tools are free, but adding your domain (for example) will cost extra.
If you use a self-hosted option, you will pay an annual fee for hosting and the domain name registration.
Customisation of your website after that is up to you. You can make it do what you need. You will need a web developer at that point.
Self-hosting fees for a WordPress website are cheap all over the web. A quick Google search will reveal all.
The cost of more development will (generally) be lower than for a bespoke website.
If you want a blog and with little fuss, wordpress.com is a good answer. And you can make it look great by choosing from one of the thousands of free themes.
I’ve chosen self-hosted: do I need a web developer?
To extend the functionality of your website, yes you will.
Here’s the thing: WordPress is a solid foundation.
So, developers can get more done in a shorter length of time than with a bespoke build.
That means the total cost of your web project will be lower.
Is the CMS hard to use?
In a word, no. WordPress has evolved into being one of the easiest CMS systems available.
While you may need some expert knowledge in certain areas, adding and editing content is easy.
What’s the cost of ownership?
Keep it up to date with all the security patches and WordPress will keep serving you well for years.
Many developers and hosting companies offer low-cost maintenance plans. That way, you don’t need to worry about it.
If your website is on wordpress.com, the website will be automatically updated.
The bottom line…
WordPress as either option is a great choice for your website. There’s lots of reasons for that. I’d be happy to discuss the options for your website with you.
The wordpress.com option provides a managed, easy to use blog. While the self-hosted option gives you the potential for a fully featured website. In either case, with a CMS that’s easy to use.