WordPress – All you need to know about the world’s most popular WYSIWYG editor! [2022]

Wednesday, 6th July 2022

WordPress. You’ve all heard of it, but do you know what it is, how it works, why you’d consider using it and what the benefits are? Perhaps not – but that’s what this article should be able to help you with!

As a starting point, here’s a one-liner that summarises WordPress so that you’ve got a bit of background as you read further down…

WordPress is an open-source content management system that allows anyone to use their tools to create websites or blogs for free, without having to know programming or computer coding.

A quick definition…

A Content Management System (CMS) is the back end of a website that allows you to add and modify content on your website, as well as add or modify elements of its design.

Where does WordPress come from?

With roots back in 2003, WordPress evolved from a blog site creator to become a collaborative full website building toolset in which thousands of developers contribute pieces of code and free or premium plugins that give the platform its trademark flexible functionality.

What sort of websites can be built using WordPress?

  • Business websites
  • Marketing websites
  • E-commerce websites
  • Blogs
  • Portfolios
  • Social networks and Forums
  • Membership-based websites
  • And many, many more!

How does it work, in more detail?

Basically, WordPress gives you a ‘chassis’ upon which to build your website, and then you select themes that match your design and functional requirements, and add specific extra functionality using Plugins.

All the code is created by around 45 000 global contributors, meaning that you have a large selection of themes, widgets and plugins to choose from, all of which integrate into the main WordPress foundation.

WordPress is based on a very simple methodology, as follows:

  • Decide what you website needs to have and what it’s purpose is (very important!)
  • Select a WordPress plan that suits your needs (find the options at www.wordpress.com)
  • Set up your domain and hosting provider (you may need help with this, but that’s no problem!)
  • Install WordPress
  • Choose your theme
  • Add posts and pages to your website
  • Customise it to suit your individual needs
  • Install any plugins needed to add required functionality
  • Optimise your website’s meta data and functionality to improve SEO, page speed etc.
  • Publish!

Why is WordPress a good option?

WordPress offers businesses a cost-effective, attractive and flexible option for professional websites, with mobile responsiveness, SEO, a simple CMS and other easy-to-use functions included.

Because it has ready-to-use themes, it’s faster to get a website project planned and launched, which impacts on cost too.

And customization is simple too – working with a development partner who understands WordPress, you’ll be able to custom-develop any exclusive functionality or designs needed to give you the comprehensive solution for your business.

Various WordPress plugins mean that your website will be able to integrate easily into your other existing systems such as ERP, CRM and finance packages, adding value to your complete business revenue and supply chain.

Find out more about Realnet’s WordPress options for your business today – call us on 01223 550800 or email info@realnet.co.uk for more!

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Responsive web design means creating web pages that automatically adapt to work well on all screens. This means they can be seen on mobiles, tablets, laptops and desktops of all sizes.

An e-commerce website is a website where online purchases can be made. This means the product can be chosen and the payment can be taken online. 

A brochure site is a simple website used to give your company an online presence.  This can add credibility to your company and provide valuable information like contact details and opening times.

A sitemap is a way to show Google where your pages are that it might otherwise not find. It is a list of pages on your website. It means that you know Google knows about your site and can index it correctly.

A product website is simply a website where all your products can be displayed along with images and any information that is relevant. These products can be managed easily allowing them to be grouped properly and be updated when needed. 

Built to meet the requirements of busy companies, LeanCMS is the modern business web solution.

With a large choice of features, from data importing, product management, customer logins, guest check-outs, industry compatible software such as Sage to photo galleries and foreign language pages; your website can reflect how bespoke, responsive and unique your business is.

For everything your website may need and more .... built with essential mobile responsive features to ensure your business can be found wherever your customers may be; on a desktop computer, tablet or mobile phone at any time of the day or night.

We've really made it simple and easy to master; the full demo of your website content management system can be done in a 10-minute phone call. No day-long training session or thick manuals to contend with.

LeanCMS will give you the ability to easily change the parts of your site that need to be regularly updated. It's also foolproof, so you really can't break your site!

You may have a requirement that requires a very specific user journey or need a solution that makes your business run more efficiently at the consumer interface or behind the scenes. You may just have a business idea that needs a digital platform to bring it to life.

Whatever your needs, our team is ready to work with you from conceptualization and design, and coding and implementation, to ongoing support and optimization as your web application develops. Examples of bespoke web development would be:

  • Training systems
  • Intranets
  • CRM systems
  • Sales management systems
  • Custom high-volume news websites

At Realnet we’ll take the time to look at your business and meet with you via Zoom or in person.

We will then suggest what we think is best for your business. Our websites are primarily:

 

Brochure Websites

 

E-commerce Websites

 

Bespoke Websites

 

Directory Websites

 

Product Catalogue Websites