Looking to create your own website but concerned it will cost you a fortune? Why not find out more about WordPress.
At AME we have been running our hands on WordPress course for 3 years now and it is still as popular as it was when we started.
There is still a lot of buzz around WordPress and over the years it has seen rapid growth in the web development community. It is now the most popular Content Management System (CMS), with over 25% of websites powered by WordPress. Nevertheless, we didn’t expect this course to be as popular as it is and have been very surprised by the amount of customers coming from large organisations as well as small.
Some of the companies using WordPress: The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Reuters, Sony, Ebay, UPS and more.
If you dream of having your own website, but think getting it up and running will cost you a small fortune, you’re not alone. However, this is a big misconception — especially if you choose to use WordPress (a platform that’s one of the most-capable and easiest-to-learn) to build your site.
BUT……What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free, easy-to-use open-source online application that allows you to develop, update and manage your website.
IS WORDPRESS REALLY FREE?
When we say free, we mean free. All of the core files are free, there are 1000’s of free and brilliant templates and plugins to download and install. There are some things that you can pay for if you wish, but when speaking to users who have used WordPress for years to this day haven’t paid a penny and their websites lack nothing.
IS THERE A PLUGIN FOR……..
One of the great things about WordPress is the ability to add plugins. Want a shopping cart on your website? You can use the built in plugin search tool to find what you require then click to install it. What about a blog, a planner or a calculator? Again, there will be plenty of plugins to choose from. The WordPress website hosts over 28,000 plugins and rising. You will be hard pushed to find a subject matter for your WordPress site that doesn’t already have a plugin.
I can’t tell you which plugins to install — that’s a matter of personal preference and depends on the purpose of your website. However, there are a few go-to plugins that really almost no site should be without:
- WordPress SEO by Yoast — optimise your website for SEO and generate XML sitemaps.
- Jetpack — an entire suite of useful modules developed by the team behind WordPress.com, Automattic.
- Akismet — simply the best way to cut down on website comment spam.
- Google Analytics by Yoast — about the best, and easiest, way to link your website to Google Analytics (to measure visitor traffic, etc).
- WP Rocket — instantly (and very significantly) improves your website’s load times by caching posts and pages with minimal fuss.
- Ninja Forms — an absolutely brilliant means of creating online forms, such as ‘contact us’ forms.
- VaultPress — arguably the best WordPress backup plugin/service available (highly recommended).
Note: For an extensive list of free WordPress plugins to use on your site, look no further than the Official WordPress Plugin Repository.
Our 2-day WordPress Introduction training course is designed to provide delegates with knowledge of the fundamentals of using WordPress and all the key skills necessary to manage an active, search engine ready web site. Delegates learn how to install and configure WordPress, add and manage plugins, compose new posts and pages whilst understanding the best principles of good Search Engine Optimisation.
Our next WordPress training course is taking place on 27th – 28th February at our training suite in Exeter.
Take a look at our website for information on what our WordPress course entails or for more information on all the other course we provide.