If you’re still new to the world of blogging and websites, you may have heard of WordPress and might be wondering what WordPress is. WordPress is publishing platform used for building websites and blogs. It powers millions of websites worldwide, and many big brands use WordPress: CNN, Playstation, New York Times Blogs, People Magazine, and even Ford – they all use WordPress!
WordPress is extremely very flexible, adaptable, and if a specific feature or features that are not built-in, there are literally thousands of plugins available to enhance WordPress’ functionality, so there is likely solution already developed for that need – the possibilities with WordPress are literally limitless!
- WordPress as a Membership Directory
A membership directory is a site that allows people to join, add their details and then create some sort of membership listing.
- WordPress as an E-Commerce Store
Add a shopping cart, integrate with PayPal or Authorize.net and sell products using WordPress? This can easily be done!
- WordPress as a Premium Membership Site
A premium membership site is one where visitors pay either a subscription or one-off fee to access special members-only content.
- WordPress as a Design Gallery
Wordpress is an Artist’s dream. Whether you are a musician, a photographer or a designer WordPress gives you endless choices of gallery options to show the public your best work. Whether you are looking to integrate movie clips, audio or images this can be done in a click of a button.
- WordPress as a Podcasting Site
WordPress is a great platform for creating a podcasting site because all you really need is a way to post up your latest podcasts. At its most basic you can simply place a link to each podcast in a Post and be done with it.
- WordPress as a Social Network
Wordpress is powerful enough to run a Social Network. This can be done with a premium theme or a plugin.
- WordPress as a Community News Site
Blogs naturally build up a following of users who are often quite willing to participate in the site by submitting news and posts to help your community grow and expand.
- WordPress as a Mobile Site
WordPress makes a great engine for building sites aimed at mobile users thanks to some great both free and premium plugins.
- WordPress as a Magazine or News Site
Since WordPress was origanally designed as a blogging platform your can’t beat WordPress in this arena.[/list][/bra_toggle]
It’s not uncommon for a business to pay €10,000 and up for a basic website featuring the advantages and power of today’s WordPress website. E-commerce businesses can be looking at 10 times that amount to build a site.
An old-school HTML website built from scratch is too often painfully expensive and time consuming, requiring the services of an outside agency. Post launch, your hands are tied because you still need to rely on that third party to make changes to your site. One can easily pay €75 or more just to change a single sentence or load a new image to your website and since the invasion of iphones and androids on the web people are expecting interactivity, instant and constant updates. Today hotels and many other services need to deliver valuable information to guests in real time by serving up fresh website content, and WordPress delivers this capability. Also if you want to keep on having returning visitors you will need to keep your content fresh, new and relevant.
WordPress websites offer an alternative that will save you money and give you more control. Building a WordPress website is significantly less expensive than building a static-type HTML site or custom made CMS.