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  1. Terrific post. I love my WordPress site, and the few little tricks I am able to do with it. Mostly, though, I leave it to my tech guy. But, yes, it is a very flexible and powerful platform and I’m so grateful it’s available as such an accessible business tool.

    • Thank you Reba!

      We are ecstatic to hear WordPress has been working for your business! Most of the customers we encounter are like you. They know the basics of WordPress but would rather leave the “tech aspect” to the expert.

      Cheers!

  2. Helpful post, even a non-techie like me could understand. I started my blog with no help (a crazy challenge for myself though I have a techie son who would have been happy to set it up for me). I’m so grateful I opted for WordPress when I was researching how to create a site. It’s easy to use and has given me very little grief.

    • So true Tami, that WP makes it easier for non-techie folks and actually a great platform v many drag and drop website builders!

  3. I went from an HTML site to a WordPress site and although I do find it an easier platform to use. I also find that there are also some challenges with WordPress. Especially the more technical aspects that absolutely require someone who can weed through the ‘glitches’ that crop up when there are updates etc. Overall I do like that there are many of the backstage aspects of my site that I can manage without too many issues. Thanks for your insights, however, for more complicated and designed sites like mine, I would say they still need a developer to make sure everything runs smoothly!

    • Good point Beverly!

      Yes there’s definitely some instances where a WordPress developer is needed. Most web aspects like updating text, adding images, and so forth are easier to make for small business owners. Changes to the design or functionality do require a WordPress specialist. Glad to hear though WordPress is working for you!

      Cheers.

    • HTML used to be the it thing Bev, as you know and glad you upgraded to WP. As you mentioned, all things have their quirks and good thing we have those WP geeks to help.

  4. this is some great information. Can I assume that you are referring to the .org version WordPress? I currently have my blog on a .org and am considering moving actual site (which includes a shopping cart) over to this platform. In the beginning stages but have been given advice that leads me to believe it may be a wise choice in the long run

    • Hi Alene!

      You assume correctly! I am referring to the .org WordPress. WooCommerce is an excellent choice if you decide to move your website over and incorporate eCommerce functionality. Highly recommended and owned by WordPress.

      Thank you for the comment!

  5. When I first started my business I chose Wix for creating my website and then I was told by EVERYONE to switch to WordPress. I’m not sure understand why exactly Wix is a “bad” choose even though I understand why to choose WordPress. Does that make sense?

    • Hello Lisa!

      It does make sense!

      Wix is definitely geared to the non-programmers of the world. You can make a lot of updates simply by clicking and dragging items. I have heard from Wix website owners that the platform doesn’t scale well. This is where WordPress excels. WordPress provides website owners the ability to scale as their business grows. They can add more functionality as their business provides more services. I can write another blog post based on how much a WordPress website can scale.

      WordPress will help you with many business aspects that Wix cannot. You made the right choice!

    • I have had and still do, clients that use Wix and it’s functionality is Kindergarten compared to WP. Not only is it lacking on the SEO side of things, but the text boxes are a bare, it’s just meant for basics and not meant to improve over time. Great switch Lisa.

  6. Hello Andrew,
    Great explanations of word press. I started using it about 4 years ago and the improvements are done well. I am able to run my buissness well. The only thing that is an issue is the plugins that are not compatible and sometimes cause an issue.

    Thanks For sharing,

    Lori English

    • Hi Lori!

      Excellent point you bring up! Selecting plugins requires due diligence. When selecting a plugin, you want to make sure the developer who supports the plugin is continuously. Plugins that are left behind can cause problems later on the website. Not to get too geeky, the code in the old plugin may not jive with the code with the newer WordPress versions, themes, and other plugins. Thank you for bringing up a great topic!

    • Yep Lori, compatibility can cause and issue, which is why the great thing is that we can change things out too. Score!

    • Hello Candess!

      Thank you for sharing the link! I have a similar website I use that helps with plugin and theme verification as well. Never hurts to have more tools though. You made the right choice moving from Joomla to WP. We use to work with Joomla websites, but the system became cumbersome, we switched over to WordPress 8+ years ago.

      Thanks for sharing and commenting!

  7. Timely post for sure. I recently had my website rebuilt on WordPress and am delighted to have done so for all the reasons mentioned. (I also build WP websites back in the day and enjoyed that experience, too…but not enough to make it a part of my business model). Re themes: There are so many great ones out there and I love your comment about support. A key element. And also have a great web developer who can go in an alter your CSS if need be.

    • Hi Jackie!

      You hit the nail on the head! Great support is extremely important when it comes to having a WordPress website. There is no substitution for quality support and web development.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting :).

  8. When I started I was confused. Friends recommended sites that they paid others to manage but complained at being at their mercy. That’s when I decided on WordPress. It was easy to learn and easy to manage. No regrets. Thanks for spreading the word Andrew.

    • That’s right Joyce, many other “easy” options but they end up at a dead in… great job in getting the right one!

    • Thank you Joyce! I hear stories about how web developers hold credentials hostage from owners, which in my opinion, is a big no-no. The WordPress website owner has the rights to their own website.

      Glad you love WordPress and all worked out for you!

      Cheers!

  9. All of my websites are WordPress sites. I do want to take a look at Squarespace which so many small businesses are talking about now. I probably will not convert to Squarespace since I am happy with WordPress; however, I would like to know more about it so that I can discuss it intelligently.

    • Hello Rachel!

      Excellent question about Squarespace. I have heard good and bad things about Squarespace. The Squarespace platform is great for beginners, but so is WordPress. We break down both platforms in high level details below.

      The difference between the two is options.

      WordPress is a robust system with lots of choices, such as themes, plugins to choose from, web hosting made specifically for WordPress, and how lots of developers specialize in the platform.

      Squarespace is a little more inclusive. It is a pay to play platform that requires up front capital. Squarespace templates are lacking. There is a limited number of templates a business or person can choose from. eCommerce is tough to integrate within Squarespace with only one Stripe as the payment gateway.

      Both really have their pros and cons, but I’d suggest performing additional research to have a better understanding of Squarespace.

      Feel free to contact me if you’d like to be more educated on the subject.

    • I have had a client or two on Squarespace Rachel and I would Not recommend it. It doesn’t have the ease to work with like WordPress and is lacking in some SEO features. It’s just not user friendly, in my opinion.

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