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WordPress Website Design & Development

If you’ve ever tried to design your own website, you know how hard it can be! Trying to figure out layout, colours, and code can be so frustrating. It was hard enough in the early days when all monitors has 800 x 600 pixel resolution (the “Y2K” era), but now with all the  devices and browsers, responsive design requires you not only to understand HTML, by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and JavaScript as well. Half the time, your site will end up just a big mess that you end up abandoning, writing off your invested time, and often setting you back tons of money trying to find someone to fix it.

WordPress revolutionized web design first by building it around blogging and updateable content, and secondly by enabling interchangeable themes! Themes allow you to download and install different pre-configured designs or  “skin” for your website. While the theme may be also used by thousands of others, yours will be configured uniquely for your business, using your colours, your logos, and navigation (form follows function!) which  showcases your company, its branding, products, and services. It takes a skilled web designer  to start with a theme and customize it properly.

We use WordPress to create content intensive sites. This content management system (CMS) is open source and they uses open source technologies like PHP, MySQL that reduces cost of management and hosting. And there are many “themes” (templates), and plugins (tools)  available at modest cost, to  provide significant time-savings, features enhancements, website extensions, and simplify site updates and maintenance. A WordPess website design may be the solution.

Using WordPress as a CMS allows any business owner to edit their website content on the fly. RSS feeds helps you reach to more users via free software or even web. FTP integration from web helps you to upload files directly without using FTP Software.

Some of our WordPress websites

When WordPress isn’t Perfect

WordPress websites may be too cumbersome and slow (many sites have over a dozen CSS and JavaScript files, and are often too graphics heavy, so are really slow to load on many devices… For example, using JQuery for JavaScript library can add over 600 kilobytes of load time to a website. FoundLocally.com’s main website has a single 60 kb CSS file and about 30 kb of JavaScript to speed page load.

The WordPress Website does not require regular updating.  The purpose may be a “micro site” for a special event of product launch, and the interaction with your customers is all done on Social Media, so once finished, the site is hard-coded and stays that way until it is no longer needed.

You cannot find a good WordPress theme or template as a starting point.  Sometimes your branding and design concept is too complex for an off-the-shelf WordPress theme (it happens!), and needs to be custom coded.

The website has complex back-end database integration.  When you need to integrate with  a company product database in Microsoft SQL or Oracle, or Microsoft Access, then hosting on a Linux environment is not an option, or the programming to integrate with WordPress is no longer an off-the-shelf possibility. Another strategy needs to be considered.

When the website is too large. The FoundLocally.com website, for example is over 100,000 pages of content. Can you imagine the Pages menu for that? WordPress websites work well for sites from 1 to 100 pages, and above that become rapidly unmanageable.

We have been programming websites for TWO DECADES, and are not stuck to using just current tools and methods.

Some of our Non-WordPress Responsive Websites