I work on a personal basis, and feel it is important you know who you are dealing with – it helps everything work better.
Let us start with what most people seem to have or want’ or are given – WORDPRESS!
WordPress’ market share is 30.0% of all websites and 60.2% market share for content management systems on websites with a known CMS.
I have been using WordPress for over 10 years, prior to that I hand coded websites using simple HTML – but technology and skills march on and so have mine.
WordPress now has over 2,500 themes for you to choose from – so you can imagine the opportunities for design.
Some web agencies employ ‘designers’ that have little or no hand coding experience, and all they are doing is altering the theme to be more bespoke for the customer – and there is perhaps nothing wrong with that?!
Individual landing pages / banners / emails / HTML5 newsletters can all be coded by me and then linked to a wordpress site – if you can’t code then you can’t do this (or rather the customer will not be offered this). Click here to see an example.
I am experienced with many of the most popular wordpress themes and plugins. I am familiar wiith the free plugins and the premium theme and plugin upgrades. I sometimes find I can hand code what the premium site offers and this saves the client money, but most digital agencies will take the safer and quicker route – and you can’t blame them, they are in it for the money – and time is money.
Digital agencies often use premium templates for their own websites:
You can see they are not expensive, however, you can pay hundreds for more bespoke themes.
Digital agencies often use these premium themes and then change the appearance and add plugins to create a visually stunning and super interactive website – for little time and money – and why not, especially when you and competition are charging thousands of pounds to the unknowing customer.
Wow – that felt good . . .
I am reseller for unlimited web hosting and I purchase domains, upload websites and documents etc on a daily basis. I am very familiar with CPanel and Plesk and SSL Certificates.
I can virtually do all things with wordpress, however, apps and plugins are changing and created every day – so let’s be honest, and accept that I may have to learn something new – great I love it – lol.
Ok I have a Masters Degree in E-Commerce, gained at Huddersfield University in 2004 – WOW.
This shows I am capable of learning and applying myslef at a very high level – that’e all – things have moved on, and almost everything they taught then has been updated.
Great News – I have kept up to date and I can insert the code provided by paypal into hand coded websites or wordpress websites or even emails. I can do this with buy now buttons, shopping cart systems, subscription and membership payments.
I am also familiar with software such as Actinic, Magento, Shopify, 1 and a1, Shopify and Ekm Powershop etc etc.
These have come down in price, but perhaps your biggest consideration is the ROI –