Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
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WordPress is the most popular website content management system (CMS) in use today, supporting more than 70 million websites. That’s 30% of all websites on the internet.
Many of the world’s top brands use WordPress to power their websites including Time Magazine, Google, Facebook, Sony, Disney, LinkedIn, The New York Times, CNN, eBay, and more.
The main reason WordPress is so popular is that it is so easy to use and combines some of the most powerful tools and applications needed to have a professional website at an affordable price.
WordPress allows you to quickly and easily upload, edit, and publish content. It also means that you don’t need to understand HTML or become a web developer to maintain your site.
It is super flexible and can be easily extended by using any of the 1000’s of plugins that have been developed to improve its functionality.
WordPress is designed to be compatible with all operating systems, such as Windows and Mac. It’s also compatible with mobile platforms such as Android & iOS.
By design, WordPress is search engine friendly. It is written using a highly compliant code which will make your site very attractive to search engines.
WordPress is also developed with security in mind, so it is considered very safe and secure to run as long as the proper security software is installed and kept updated.
Website hosting is the means by which a website is made available to the Internet. A web hosting provider is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for your website to be available on the Internet 24/7. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers and when Internet users want to view a website, all they need to do is type in or click on the website address and their computer will then connect to the hosts server and the webpages will be delivered to the user via their browser.
There are many website hosting companies to choose from and if you already have a provider I will be happy to work with them but I do have my own preferred UK-based hosting company which is optimised for WordPress with the best up-time service reliability scores and provides 24/7 support for hosting related issues.
As part of my website building packages I include the first 12 months hosting FREE of charge and thereafter it is currently between £5 - £15 pm depending on your requirements. I will not ask you to commit to any long-term contracts and you may transfer your website at any time to a new hosting provider without penalties.
WooCommerce is an eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything from your WordPress site. It is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress and is the world’s favourite eCommerce solution that gives site owners complete control. With endless flexibility and access to hundreds of other extensions, WooCommerce now powers 30% of all online stores — more than any other platform.
With WooCommerce, you can sell both physical and digital goods in all shapes and sizes, offer product variations, multiple configurations, instant downloads to shoppers, and even sell affiliate goods from online marketplaces.
With premium extensions, you can offer bookings, memberships, and recurring subscriptions. Perhaps you’d like to sell monthly subscriptions for physical goods, or offer your members a discount on digital downloads? It’s all possible.
Shipping is easy with WooCommerce, you can make real-time calculations and offer free or flat rate shipping. Limit your shipments to specific countries, or open your store up to the world. Shipping is highly configurable, and WooCommerce even supports drop shipping.
WooCommerce comes bundled with the ability to accept major credit cards, PayPal, BACS (bank transfers), and cash on delivery. Need additional options? More than 140 region-specific gateways integrate with WooCommerce, including popular choices like Worldpay, Stripe, Authorize.Net, and Amazon Payments.
WooCommerce gives you complete control of your store, from taxes to stock levels to customer accounts. Switch settings, add and remove extensions as you please. It’s all under your control.
A content management system (CMS) is a software application or set of related programs used to create and manage your website. It allows the user to control the modification and removal of content from a website via an easily understood user interface.
WordPress is the most popular website CMS and allows users to have full control over the files, documents and display of their website content without too much technical know-how.
A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. A good example would be WooCommerce. This plugin can turn a standard website into a fully operational e-commerce site.
SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is a means of improving the visibility of your website in organic (non-paid) search engine results.
If your site is fully optimised your content will be found more easily by search engines and it will be listed higher within the results when users type in search terms that relate to your products or services.
There are many aspects to SEO, from the way your site is structured, how other sites link to your site and the words used on your pages.
If search engines cannot find your site, or add your content to their databases, you will miss out on the incredible opportunities that search engines like Google provide to direct users to your site.