WordPress

Why use WordPress?

wordpress More than 23% off all websites today are built on the WordPress platform.  According to Internetlivestats that’s more than 277,380,000 WordPress websites and growing by the second. WordPress is the gold-standard for blogging and quickly becoming the go-to for start-ups and small businesses.  SocialDzine uses wordpress on more than 90% of it’s clients.  Here’s why:

  • Easy set-up, management and updating
  • Complex business features without extensive coding
  • Search engine friendly
  • Mobile Friendly-Responsive themes
  • 12+ years in development

WordPress is FREE!

WordPress is a free Content Management Site (CMS) that is standard with most hosting companies installed in even the most basic control panel.  You don’t have to know serious coding and their are tutorials all over the internet.  Wordpress also has thousands of free themes and plugins as well as paid versions that come with great support.  SocialDzine typically uses paid or premium themes from such companies as ThemeForest.  These themes come with great support and forums that allow us to change everything from the font and colors to layout and functionality.  It’s like good quality clothing.  There isn’t a single designer in the world that can perfectly make one dress to fit every woman.  That’s why we get alterations.

Hosting

Unless you get WordPress from WordPress.com and allow WordPress to be in your URL you’ll have to find hosting.  There are a variety of great website hosts available with costs ranging from $1.99 a month to $15.00 a month.  You can learn more about the hosts that SocialDzine uses here.  Using the free version will not allow you the variety of themes and you can’t download plugins.  This is perfect for someone considering a blog for writing purposes only.  This is a similar set up to Tumblr.

Keeping your WordPress website safe

Everything is vulnerable on the internet.  This is just a fact and not meant to detour anyone from starting a website.  Practicing good web maintenance will keep you safe and your website live.  Here is a checklist of things you should schedule into your day, week or month.

  1. Update WordPress – this can be done automatically through your control panel and you won’t have to worry about forgetting
  2. Create backups – again, depending on your host.  You should be allowed to make this automatic.  Some hosts charge to use their backup.
  3. Update plugins – Regardless of how often you change, edit or add content.  You should log in once a week to check for plugin updates and update them
  4. Password – RULE! Change it every six months.  Use caps, lower case, numbers and characters.  Try not to use a typical word.
  5. Use the login attempt feature.  This will lock hackers out after so many attempts.

Last but not least, trust who’s building your site.  Security features should be FREE.  This doesn’t mean a free SSL but you should feel that your site has the latest and most up-to-date security features available and that the settings will optimize your websites security.  Not just for your clients, but for you.