If you are a business in Belfast or Northern Ireland who is looking to expand your presence online, WordPress is a great platform to take your business to the next level.
There are two main types of WordPress available. Hosted software-as-a-service WordPress.com, and self-hosted WordPress.org. The major difference between the two is in the hosting of the website, and in control of the code.
With WordPress.com there’s no need to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server. It’s simpler to use if you don’t have access to a web developer. Using Wordpress.com also means one cannot upload custom themes or bespoke plug-ins, and (without paying a subscription) can’t control advertising on the site you create or use your own domain name.
Using WordPress.org requires installation of the PHP software on a server and generally requires a web developer to set-up and configure the website. For small businesses, when it’s important for you to have control over the look and feel of the website, or larger business looking to control the data and add bespoke code to your website .org is the way to go.
WordPress is an extremely flexible content management system that can be extended through a mix of theme front end designs, plugins, and bespoke PHP development. You can use a WordPress developer in Belfast or digital agency to help you build a custom website that meets your exact needs and specifications.
Themes and plugins are a great way to add additional functionality to your website. With WordPress.com you are limited to the free and paid-for plugins supplied to you. With WordPress.org you can use the same plugins, plus install your own from a third party, or create your own plugins and themes.