Some of our WooCommerce websites
In really simple terms, WordPress is a kind of software that you can install on a host and then build a website with. It comes with themes and plugins and a whole lot of stuff that makes it completely customisable.
WordPress is the worlds most popular website platform and it powers (according to W3Techs) over 40% of all websites online. It is a completely free content management system (CMS) that uses a programming language called PHP and was originally created for blogging but has now evolved into a complete, open-source monster that can facilitate practically any function.
WordPress.org is more like a software program that has to be installed on a web server in order to function. Other out-of-the-box platforms such as Wix, Squarespace, Shopify etc are more of a server and website builder in one.
With WordPress, the entire platform is open-source, which means you can turn it into whatever you need it to be. There are 60,000 registered plugins already created and more being added every day by developers all over the world.
WordPress.org software is completely free, and comes with a variety of different themes and free plugins to bring your website to life. However there are some costs that come with using WordPress as your CMS system:
- Hosting/Server storage for your WordPress website to live on online
- Advanced themes
- Advanced plugins
Support for WordPress.org software is usually provided by your website developer who can diagnose the issue for you. WordPress website issues can come from a lot of places including your server or hosting, domain setup, plugins and themes. Once the problem has been diagnosed, specific support can then be reached, for example through the theme provider or plugin developer.
You may be using WordPress.com (WordPress’s server and hosting option) along with WordPress.org and they provide support on their website as well.
Wordpress has a native and free plugin to power Ecommerce called WooCommerce. Similar to WordPress.org itself, WooCommerce is open-source and can be customised and modified using plugins. Plus it’s free!
Whilst out-of-the-box software like Shopify for Ecommerce is often simpler to use in the short-term, WordPress + WooCommerce provides a lot more flexibility and can provide you with a lot more room to turn your website into exactly what you need in order to grow.
Lumos Marketing specialises in WordPress website development and has worked on hundreds of WordPress websites over the last decade. We not only help you build a WordPress website but are happy to maintain and keep the site up to date for you on an ongoing basis. We are also website conversion experts – meaning we understand how layout impacts performance and get the look and feel just right for you so that your website is the perfect mix of looking great and performing well.
When it comes to WordPress Websites Perth, there are so many different options available and they all come at completely different price points. Here are a few things to check if you are confused about pricing and why there are so many differences between services:
- Are they building the site from scratch or using trusted WordPress themes?
- Are they writing the copy?
- Are they doing the graphic design and imagery sourcing?
- Is the website being designed in Perth or overseas?
- Is the website unique to your business or are they just copying their work from an existing site?
- Will there be any conversion techniques built into the site?
- Does the site include basic SEO?
- Are they providing training or DIY instructions for ongoing maintenance?
- What is the ongoing support like?
These questions should help you position everyone on a scale in terms of what you are paying for and why there are discrepancies between pricing.