Why Are Websites Built with WordPress?
WordPress is the best website building / blogging software on the face of the planet, suitable for everyone–even folks with no knowledge of website building whatsoever.
You can learn it. I can teach you. We can do this together. But I digress. The reason for this post (and this whole series of posts) is to demonstrate the incredible ease and power of WordPress.
And by the way, if you want your own WordPress website featured right here on this blog (which will be a high-quality backlink that will help improve your search engine rankings), just shoot me an email. It’s all about helping each other, right?
Today’s website is called Sweet Papaya Creative. It was designed by a friend of mine named Angela. Let’s find out why Angela chose WordPress as her website-building solution. Here are a few questions I asked her.
Why did you choose WordPress to build your website?
In 2012, I started my own “do it yourself” blog. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging or having my own website. I paid a few thousand for a WordPress blog site (a common thing which is not necessary). I couldn’t afford to pay someone to run it so I learned how to do very basic maintenance and posting. I was still paying for everything else and going broke fast. So I began to learn WordPress out of necessity.
I’m glad I chose WordPress. It is user-friendly, customizable and flexible. I can make it do almost anything I want it to do. Sometimes it takes a bit of work, but I have yet to want it to do something I haven’t been able to get it to do.
Not only that, you don’t have to know any coding to create and maintain a very complex site. There are endless pre-made themes that can be extensively customized to reflect the authenticity of your own brand.
The costs for maintaining your WordPress website are low. You need a domain name (less than $10 per year) and a web host (typically less than $5 per month). That’s practically free.
Lastly, WordPress is easy to maintain. Most tasks, like back-ups, updates and spam filtering are mostly automated.
What are your favorite plugins?
I am always discovering amazing new plugins. There is a plugin for practically anything and everything you can imagine. However, the following plugins I install in every WordPress website I design. I like how they work and they are compatible with each other.
What Was Your Biggest Challenge in Learning WordPress?
Troubleshooting. I find it’s a process of elimination. Sometimes a plugin causes a conflict, creating some sort of problem. Then I have to deactivate each plugin, one at a time, to figure out which one is causing the issue.
However, whatever the challenges, the WordPress community is always ready to help. When a problem arises, I reach out to a Facebook group or the WordPress support forums and typically receive a quick, helpful response. Local WordPress Meetup groups are also very useful.
What theme are you using and why?
I am using the Divi theme. I have tried many paid and free themes and this one is my favorite. It has a drag and drop page builder that works in a layering process. The customization options are nearly endless.
What services do you offer?
I currently design and maintain WordPress sites for small business. Small businesses are like fingerprints and each one deserves a website that is as unique as they are. Sweet Papaya Creative works closely with small business owners to create a website that conveys their story through functionality and visuals.
My Thoughts on Sweet Papaya Creative
Simplicity, to me, speaks volumes. I think an eye-catching, simplistic design with a well thought-out message is much more effective than an overly busy website. This is one area in which Sweet Papaya Creative really shines.
First, the large header photograph catches my eye. Then I really like the way the icons below the header fade into view when scrolling down the page. The large blocks of color with the easy-to-read fonts make Angela’s message clear. Her email address and phone number are obvious near the top. Importantly, this theme resizes nicely to look perfect on mobile devices (i.e., it is responsive).
Thank you Angela for allowing me to feature your website on my blog! Best of luck to you and maybe I’ll see you at a WordPress Meetup one of these days!
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