So You’ve Heard About WordPress
In our experience, almost everyone we have spoken to has heard of WordPress (WP). I’ll briefly explain how WordPress is used for those who are a little new to the concept. WordPress is a content management system which allows someone to easily maintain and manage their website, or blog, without the knowledge of code. As simple as that may sound, things can get really complicated, really fast. I will be going into some common questions and concerns we hear all the time.
Mixed Feelings On WordPress
We hear both great and horrible user experiences with WP. The mixed feelings tend to revolve around plugins. WordPress has a plugin feature that is extremely convenient when adding new features to your website. If you are needing a photo gallery or a slideshow feature on your site, you can easily browse through WordPress’ free plugins and have that added with little to no issues. Instead of needing to know how to code to get a simple contact form added to a page, you can just download a contact form and have that up and running in seconds! Sounds easy enough right? Well, this tends to be the case when there is not tons of plugins that are added to the site.
When Things Go Wrong
So people tend to have issues maintaining WordPress when they start downloading tons of plugins. While plugins are convenient for adding new features, they do tend to come with extra, or bloat, code that may make your site perform slower. Along with performance issues, certain plugins can also interfere with other plugins which could break certain areas of your site. For example, your contact form plugin could be working as usual, then as soon as you add another plugin to the mix, not your contact form is not sending you emails. These are extremely frustrating experiences and unless you know what you are doing, you could be digging into deeper issues.
WordPress Should Be Fun and Easy!
When we custom develop a website, we custom code plugins that include the features needed for your specific business. Free plugins are great, but those are developed for a broad audience and too many of them can cause your website to break. We recommend to minimize the usage of plugins that are downloaded and if things are getting too heavy, hire an agency to develop a structure that will make your life easier.
We are familiar with various plugins that collide well with each other, and make sure to code around the plugins that could potentially interfere. When maintaining websites, we not only create custom solutions for businesses, we also make sure everything is up to date and tested on our local servers before going live.
Let’s Wrap Up
In conclusion, WordPress is a content management system that can be very useful and fun to use if it’s used correctly. We recommend to not bloat your WordPress page with tons of plugins if it can be helped. If things are starting to get frustrating when maintaining your site, we highly recommend getting with an agency and work out a custom solution for your business that will minimize stress.
About the Author
Self taught web developer who has proven to excel in a variety of areas. He started his career with Future Design Group as a web developer and has strong input in the operations of social media marketing. Esteban is constantly studying and researching digital marketing trends to keep up to date, and he always has a theory/educated prediction on the future of digital marketing.