This post is for: business owners who are unfamiliar with WordPress, but considering it as a way to let them edit their own websites
Sometimes clients ask us to build them a website that they can edit later themselves. In these cases, we often recommend WordPress, a very popular platform that gives you a web-based area (a “dashboard”) where you can log in and add your own text, images, links and documents to your website without needing to know much about web design or HTML.
Of course, it still requires your time, and also some familiarity with WordPress, to be able to maintain your own site with ease. And if you’re very fussy about the exact look and behaviour of the results, then you will need to know enough HTML, and ideally also PHP, to be able to achieve exactly what you have in mind.
But in many cases that level of geekiness isn’t required, and there are plenty enough “out of the box” themes and plug-ins and features available in WordPress to make it a really great DIY website platform for a specific type of small business owner – the kind that’s comfortable with technology, has the time to learn the WordPress platform, and enjoys maintaining a website him/herself.
Not sure if WordPress is for you? The best way to decide is to have a look at it and try and get a sense whether it’s the kind of interface and challenge that you would be comfortable with.
To this end, I’ve made a short video to show newcomers to WordPress what the initial Dashboard screen looks like, and to give you a first sense of how you would go about making changes to a web page through that WordPress interface.
I hope this demo is helpful to you. If you have any questions about it, please leave a comment below.