My most frequently asked questions are:
What platform should my website be built on?
In *almost* all cases I recommend WordPress – the functionality and flexibility of WordPress themes is unparalleled, your website belongs to you, not the platform you host on and there aren’t any pesky monthly fees. However there are some exceptions to the rule and if you want to build an online store, don’t have much technical experience and need the back end of the stock/shipping etc automatically there for you, Shopify is a good option.
What do I need to know before commissioning a website?
Have a think about where you see the business in a year’s time, in 3 years time. What would you like your site to be able to do? Do you want to have lead magnets? Host courses? Have an online store? Most websites will start small then grow as the business becomes more established. Make sure your website designer knows this so they can build your site on a platform, using a theme which allows for this flexibility.
Why are there so many updates to WordPress?
Website designs and functions are always evolving and this means the platforms and themes need to continually redesign their code to allow for this. Have you noticed when you land on some sites it asks if you’d like to see notifications? This technology wasn’t available a couple of years ago yet now you can include it in almost any website. This is because the developers have written code for this to happen and once they’ve released it the themes and plugins need to also write code to allow for this to work with their software.
What are plugins?
Plugins provide additional functionality to websites. Whilst the website is built using a theme which provides developers with the features to create designs, the plugins allow people to do things on the site, for example the Woo Commerce Plugin allows WordPress users to create an online store. Payment Gateway plugins connect PayPal, Stripe etc to payment buttons, Mail Client plugins allow users to sign up to email lists etc. There are currently over 54,000 plugins available for WordPress.
What are domains and hosting?
The domain is your website address, the hosting is the server the website sits on. Put simply, if you have a house, the domain (website) is the house, the hosting is the plot of land it’s built on.
If you have any questions you’d like to know the answer to, please get in touch.