Do you like learning how to do things on your own?
Or maybe you have a hobby, side hustle, portfolio, or a business that you want to build a website for?
Depending on how fast you learn and how patient you are, you too can create a WordPress site from scratch.
But there are also a good amount of people who don’t want to put in the time into creating a WordPress website and want to focus more on running or building their business. And this is also ok, because why spend time and energy on something that someone else does better than you at probably a faster turn around time? You’d be better off hiring someone to do it for you so you can focus on the things you love. Back in the day there was no easy way to create your own website, there was only a web designer or developer to help you code the page from scratch and that could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
If you come from the early days of the Internet from the early 2000s like I did, If you are a small business with 1-10 employees and you want to Maximize your budget, you’ll want to read this carefully. And….maybe this is where you fall in, a small business owner or founder of a startup who wants to get something quick up and running online for a low cost. And….you want to learn and be in control of managing your website and your content, to be able to update your site when you want and however you want. For me it is so easy, I manage three websites and I want to be able to blog when I want to or upload new products or images on my website without having to contact a developer and waiting to have them change something minuscule on my site for an expensive amount of money. If your business changes quite frequently, then you need to have a website that you can change whenever you want. It will serve you well to keep reading.
A quick rundown on WordPress and what it is:
WordPress is a CMS, there is a big difference between a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org site. Can you guess what it is? WordPress.com is the platform to host your site while WordPress.org is the product that can be installed on a self-hosted hosting site. Just like Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix, WordPress.com is in the same category. It is a platform. WordPress.org however is a content management system, a software that you can install on your hosting site. It’s well worth doing because you can customize the css, PHP, and customize the functionality of the site to your heart’s desire! However a WordPress cms can be installed on any hosting site. And let’s not make this more complicated than it needs to be.
A hosting site is simply a place to host your website and web address or domain. It’s like the place you house your website, where you can keep it safe and comfy. If you have several small websites or businesses you’re better off getting a hosting package, most hosting sites like 1and1.com allow you more than 1 website to host. You could be paying for a whole set of websites hosted in one place for a lot less versus other independent platforms like Squarespace that charges $16 a month and you can’t even change or add a 2nd website. But only you can decide what’s the best option for you.
WordPress may be right for you if:
- You have a willingness to learn new things
- Are patient with learning a new platform
- Like to figure things out on your own
- You’re okay with doing the work and have time.
My favorite places to find WordPress themes:
I’m not a spokesperson or affiliate of WordPress in any way but having access to something quite powerful with the possibility of doing more is freedom. There are quite a few components involved, more detail on that in a later future post! Like this article? Share it on social media!