Introduction to WordPress
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WordPress is one of the most popular free and open source web development tools that are available today. The built in features are simple and simple for me is the best thing. The continuing support from users and developers alike have helped WordPress to overcome competitors like Drupal, Granite and Joomla , it has become the preferred choice of web developers everywhere, eliminating the need to master a complex web design system inherent with Joomla and Drupal. In addition to blogging, WordPress is also able to build a fully functional intranet sites with a wide range of applications, from websites, blogs, social media sites, corporate sites and even the most complex of E-Commerce solutions. 

If you are looking for more custom and unique web designs or need specific features, you can work with a professional web developer and choose a template for your WordPress site. You can use a WordPress theme to design, for example, the landing page or portfolio site of your agency. 

The WordPress themes repository are large in number and they all have their own unique content design options that allow you to present your case studies in a professional way, for example in the form of a blog post, a video or even an article. In fact the possibilities are endless and limited only to your imaginiation.

Any theme can be customized with block editors or CSS if you are proficient in the skill. If you don’t like the standard Gutenberg editor, there are block editors out there such as WP Bakery, visual composer or Elementor which is my personal preference, however to make full use of the functions it is worth upgrading to the pro version.  These Block editors come with preloaded blocks and pages to save you time, you can customise these as much as you like to get your desired effect. Astra and WP Ocean are two of the most commonly used  multipurpose WordPress themes typically used with Elementor and are free for the basic version.

A word about plug ins?

Another useful thing to know about WordPress is that extended functionality requires the use of plug ins, such as contact forms, SEO assistance and caching programs to make your site run faster. 

There are a number of different plugins and site building tools that you can use to customise your WordPress theme to your own liking. Free themes only offer basic features, while WordPress premium themes can customise the entire user experience with a variety of features such as themes, plugins, templates and more. 

If you want to create a recognisable digital footprint in no time, you can find the best WordPress themes to help you create any kind of website. If you are looking for an all in one solution where the theme dictates the layout, ENFOLD and AVADA themes have become leaders in the field for WordPress, they cost around £50 to buy and it’s well worth the money.

The creation process is simple and you can choose what makes your blog unique, and that’s exactly what you need to engage your readers with your content. 

Whether you are a web designer, web developer or even a freelance author, you need a website that shows your work in the best possible light.

Every time you post a new page on your website, you can choose from a range of different topics to make your content look exactly right. No more waiting for a web designer to simply update the website or pay someone to make your changes.

With WordPress you have control over almost every aspect of your site and can easily make updates. You can customize the appearance of the site 100% so that your brand can shine on it and offer your visitors a unique experience. 

Although WordPress was originally conceived as a blogging platform, the blogging functions are built-in – and can be easily integrated if desired. WordPress is not ideal, however in all scenarios as it requires updating regularly to keep up with security changes and functional updates.

To make sure that your WordPress site looks and feels exactly as you want it, you may need a designer and a developer to handle the more detailed aspects, especially if you have to adhere to a strict corporate image with logos and colour schemes. Its very easy to make small errors in design which overall make you look good or amateur at best if you use different font sets and varying colours all over the website. Consistency is key.

This WordPress CMS is intuitive and useful for many types of websites, but a CMS can not be adapted to all your needs.

WordPress is extremely customizable, and even the WordPress documentation includes instructions for using WordPress as a content management system. Total control over your website means you can create your own themes and plugins, or you can use plugins and themes to add greater effect to your creation.

In summary, WordPress is an easy-to-use platform, it makes sense to consider using this platform to create a portfolio website that includes a variety of different types of content, such as blogs, websites, social media sites and more. WordPress makes it easy to develop an online portfolio, whether you are a freelance author, web designer or even a professional web developer, if you need help no matter stage you are at, speak to me today !

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