Why WordPress?

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A backstory.

WordPress is a PHP/MySQL content management system (CMS). It’s a completely open source platform which allows it to be modified by the WordPress community, meaning it’s constantly evolving and staying fresh.

Even though it didn’t start out as a major website platform, the immense benefits of creating websites on WordPress have motivated individuals, businesses and enterprises to create or transfer their websites to this system, and currently a staggering 27% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.

For many years WordPress was the platform of choice for bloggers and web designers who wanted it mostly for its blogging capabilities, but it didn’t really go further than that. Until relatively recently small businesses didn’t have an option to build impressive looking and reliable websites at a reasonable cost, and instead had to hire developers to build websites page by page, using bulky code that couldn’t easily be edited by anyone other than the developer. Since its birth WordPress has evolved into the full blown Content Management System that we see today and it’s used by millions of businesses around the world, making it the most used CMS in the world.

Why WordPress is so freakin’ awesome.

Open Source

Constantly being improved by an active community

SEO Friendly

Built in a way that's more search friendly than many other systems

Great for eCommerce

Powers one of the best eCommerce solutions in the world.

WordPress is a PHP/MySQL content management system (CMS). It’s a completely open source platform which allows it to be modified by the WordPress community, meaning it’s constantly evolving and staying fresh.

Even though it didn’t start out as a major website platform, the immense benefits of creating websites on WordPress have motivated individuals, businesses and enterprises to create or transfer their websites to this system, and currently a staggering 27% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.

For many years WordPress was the platform of choice for bloggers and web designers who wanted it mostly for its blogging capabilities, but it didn’t really go further than that. Until relatively recently small businesses didn’t have an option to build impressive looking and reliable websites at a reasonable cost, and instead had to hire developers to build websites page by page, using bulky code that couldn’t easily be edited by anyone other than the developer. Since its birth WordPress has evolved into the full blown Content Management System that we see today and it’s used by millions of businesses around the world, making it the most used CMS in the world.

Mobile friendly & super easy.

Having a mobile friendly website these days is a necessity, not an option. Thankfully there are plenty of templates on offer that support mobile devices, and any good developer will ensure all designs translate responsively (i.e respond to the size of screen they’re being displayed on). For those reasons, the most convenient starting point to make your website mobile friendly is to switch to WordPress. If your website is already WordPress but isn’t behaving properly on smaller devices, let me know and I can look at fixing it for you!

Finally, WordPress is a really powerful and easy to upgrade platform. Choosing it for your first website or switching from another CMS gives you so much freedom in future to grow it organically, offering more and more useful features for you to take a look at, as and when you need them.  The scalability of WordPress is achieved via its open architecture and plugins. Plugins are the ‘plug and play’ modules. They add more functionality to WordPress, and can be as simple as a contact form, right up to full blown eCommerce management systems. My experience has given me a wealth of knowledge when it comes to which plugins to use in given situations, and which ones to avoid.

Some recent sites built with WordPress:

Cosi Haus
Cosi Haus

Founded in 2017 by British-born Maya Ceirjc, Cosi Haus is an interior design and architecture studio made up of a creative team from a range of different backgrounds, who work together to develop individual projects tailored to the needs and styles of each client.

I was approached by Maya in the spring of 2018. Unusually, Cosi Haus had no web presence at that point, having been securing work purely through print media and word of mouth. This presented a great opportunity to develop a clean, fresh site for their brand in order showcase the beautiful work they produce, whilst reaching a wider audience.

Client: Cosi Haus
Website: cosihaus.com
Services: Design, development, branding

Studio Forty Four
Studio Forty Four

Studio Forty Four is the first website I ever built, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m very proud of it.

Built as a labour of love for my other passion – photography – this site needed to showcase mine and my wife’s photographic skills whilst also clearly getting across our business values as wedding photographers. Minimalistic design features, coupled with striking photography and well structured copy mean the site not only looks good, but functions well for the user, taking them on a natural journey from discovery through to – hopefully – making an enquiry.

Client: Studio Forty Four
Services: Design, development, branding

Little Brother Eli
Little Brother Eli

Little Brother Eli are going places as a band. Based in Oxfordshire but rapidly gaining traction throughout the UK, they desperately needed a site that matched their profile of an artist to be taken seriously. Prior to their new site build, littlebrothereli.com looked an awful lot like a MySpace page left over from the early 00’s.

Following a really fun photoshoot at an abandoned cement works in Oxfordshire, I put together a site for the band that did a much better job of portraying their quality, with the shots from that shoot making up a decent portion of the design. Just over a year later, the site was subsequently given a further refresh in order to coincide with the band’s revised image and sound. This is the site you see before you today. 

Client: Little Brother Eli
Services: Design, development, specialist integrations

Creela
Creela

*EDIT: Creela.com is now offline due to the company having unfortunately closed down in January 2018.*

Creela approached me at the end of 2016 to build them a site for their app development agency. Unusually for their industry, they had a very outdated website that was very clunky and needlessly ‘busy’. It really didn’t reflect their identity, and they desperately needed something more in keeping with their business.

So that’s what I built them – a simple, to-the-point website that gets across Creela’s brand and what they bring to the UK App Development industry.

Highlights included getting to use a Lionel Richie GIF on their contact page, developing some fun full screen case study pages, and receiving good-humoured ‘abuse’ from their MD about my love of Wes Anderson films…

Client: Creela App Development Ltd.
Services: Design, development

Mountain Ash & District Choral Society
Mountain Ash & District Choral Society

I met with some of the folks at Mountain Ash & District Choral Society mid-way through 2017, after they’d approached me about rebuilding their website which was, in their words, “in desperate need of being brought into the 21st century”. 

After a couple of meetings with the Choir Secretary and some other members, we’d come up with some good ideas together and so I set to work on building them something new and fresh, whilst maintaining the traditional branding of the Choir.

Since relaunching, the site has proven to deliver on it’s purpose of providing a wealth of knowledge about one of Wales’ oldest mixed voice choirs.

Client: Mountain Ash & District Choral Society
Services: Web Development, Analytics

Riff Raff Co.
Riff Raff Co.

Riff Raff Co is a passion project of mine, with the aim of creating a collaborative digital portfolio for Cardiff’s creative community.

The site is still being worked on currently, but you can still visit it right now and subscribe to updates if you wish!

Website: riffraff.co
Services: branding concept, web design, development

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