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28 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about WordPress!

Building a website from scratch might sound like a fun and creative task, but take it from me: if you’re not some kind of a mad genius who takes pleasure in performing repetitive tasks over and over again, don’t do it! I build websites for small businesses and personal sites, I NEVER suggest someone do it themselves.  If you’ve never tried building a website from scratch, you should consider yourself lucky since the amount of work involved is TERRIFYING.   Fortunately, the whole process of creating a new website becomes infinitely easier if you make use of WordPress. What used to take me days, I now do in hours.  But what about the Free site builders they ask.  (see my post on the ‘free’ sites) I tell them go give it a try.  In two weeks they come back and tell me how much trouble they had, would I please set up a site for them?  And in an afternoon I have what would have taken them two months.

WordPress is a Content Management System, you’ll see a lot of things about WordPress on this site, I use it exclusively.  Content Management Systems use a database to allow anyone to manage the content. From words to pictures to video to audio, Content is king and WordPress lets YOU do it and maintain it.  Yes it’s tedious, there is no romance in the content management world.

WordPress is THE MOST WIDELY USED platform on the internet, and by a huge margin.  It has quite deservedly become a global phenomenon used by millions of websites, including some of the world’s most famous ones. This is why I’m posting this comprehensive infographic from Skilled Company with plenty of interesting facts on all things WordPress. Make sure you keep the infographic handy, there is no way to cover all these points in one post. 

WordPress Popularity, Endless Options, There Is Money To Be Made and the downside of a big target, WordPress Security Breaches are all a part of this great infographic from Skilled.  Check it out:


Presented by Skilled.co

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Free Websites!

Can you create a website for free?  Yes, Web.com, Wix, Weebly, eHost, Strikingly, GoDaddy, SiteBuilder and iPage all let you do that.  

I suggest you spend an afternoon trying to figure them out.  No matter which ‘free’ site developer you choose, you’ll find frustration and a good deal of work.  You’ll also find you’re locked into the few templates or themes they offer with little choice and insufficient options for what it is you want to do.  

Then comes the day when you really want to do something big, like ecommerce, you’ll have to pay for it, and naturally so, eCommerce isn’t exactly trivial.  Even with Etsy or Ebay or an Amazon store.  I say, please, go ahead, test out the water.  You’ll find it fascinating, interesting and tedious.  The water is a bit chilly.  

Besides, you want to be in business, not in the WEB business.  That’s what I do, and I’ve done it for a long, long, time.  I’ll take all that pain out of the experience for you.  Whether you’re upgrading your existing site, creating a whole new site, or just need marketing expertise or SEO help, you won’t find a better solution than this old guy named Duane Bentzen.  Yes, funny name. Some Norseman messed that one up.  But it’s unique, just like me.

After you’ve done your research, give me a call.  I’ll have a beautiful, elegant, and up to date website up for you in an afternoon.  Yep, that’s right, it can be done in a matter of hours.  While you’re reading the instructions and watching YouTube, your site can be done.  But of course if you want something big, it’ll take longer.  Let’s talk.

And I’ll be happy to give you all the referrals you’d like to hear from.  Email me or call.  You KNOW what to do…

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Site Development

How Does This Work?

It’s really a step by step process.  We will have more questions for you than you have for us. Our goal is to build you a better website using today’s tools starting with Word Press.

Do you have a ‘Domain’?

  • This is where it starts with web services.
  • You will need a .com, .net or .org domain name so you can be seen on the web.
  • Domains cost roughly $10/year, depending on the .com, .net or .org.
  • If you have a domain, you have a home for your site.

If you don’t already have a website, next comes ‘hosting’

  • Your website will reside on a server somewhere on the web.
  • Services like Go-Daddy have web servers where your site; the software and hardware live.
  • Hosting is anywhere from $4 per month (Go-Daddy type services) to as much as
  • $10-20 per month depending on how much space and capacity you need.
  • Our managed hosting is $10 per month or $100 per year.
  • Managed hosting means we perform maintenance, keep out the viruses and make
  • sure you’re backed up.
  • Our hosting, like most hosting companies, guarantee 99.99% uptime.
  • If the internet is up, so is your website.
  • We also add other services on to this price if you need or want them.

Do you already have a web site?

  • If you do, we’ll bring it up to date and make it easy to update.
  • We use a product called WordPress, it’s easy to create and easy to maintain.
  • You can create your own ‘content’, using WordPress templates and themes.
  • It’s so easy you can maintain it yourself.
  • We can create and maintain your content if you wish, that’s one of our services.
  • But we don’t just want to build you a website, anyone can do that. We are
  • experts in web design, and want to keep you relevant now and in the future.
  • That includes using WordPress themes that are artful, elegant and stay current
  • with the technology (which changes daily) and anticipating what you’ll need.

Her’s another bit of Jargon for you: Responsive!

  • Let’s face it. Everyone uses smart phones these days. In fact, over 50% (and more every day) of site users visit from mobile devices! So, what does this whole “responsive” thing have to do with it? Responsive design means that we approach design and development with the idea that the site we are crafting should respond to the user’s behavior and environment based on screen size, platform and orientation. In layman’s terms, whether it be a phone, tablet or desktop computer, your site is going to be easy to use and it’s going to look fantastic.

What else do you need?

  • Do you need or want customization to the standard package?
  • Shopping carts and E-Commerce
  • Advertising – Google AdSense to bring you revenue
  • Calendars and Forums?
  • Customized data forms?
  • Do you want to manage your own ‘content’?
  • You’ll need a little training or we can point you to places you can learn
  • Do you need special graphics, video or other media?
  • Perhaps all you need is a WordPress Add-on or ‘Plug-in’
  • Galleries for photos and media abound, most are free!

Search Engine Optimization

  • If you’ve investigated our home page, you’ll have seen information on what is called SEO. It’s really a misnomer, although there still are three major ‘Search Engines’ where people will find you on the internet.
  • Google is obviously the most used and the biggest, but there are still Bing (Microsoft) and of course Yahoo.
  • Content is what brings people to your site, but there are tips and tricks to the SEO trade.
  • If we maintain your content, we will make you show up in the search engines.
  • If you maintain your content, we’ll share the secrets of the mysterious SEO.

Social Media – The Vortex

  • Another service we provide is likes, followers, connections, pins, snaps,  shares, videos, tweets and votes.
  • You need it we will add it to your tab.
  • Facebook and Twitter pages can be used to enhance how your customers and members find you.
  • We can make it happen!
  • Social media will help you get recognized as an authority on whatever your web site offers.

Just need an email box for your business?

  • Up to ten email addresses for Webmail are included in our hosting.
  • Need more? We can even get you set up with Gmail for your non-profit, using your own company name, for free.
  • Operating a for profit business? Well, yes google charges for that.

Email Marketing

Need to send email to your subscribers and customers?

  • Not only can we help you design and monetize your email messages, we call them ‘templates’ just like the web sites, but we can introduce you to a number of ways to use email marketing and contact to keep your members and customers informed.
  • Mail Chimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Ongage
  • Sendgrid
  • We will help you keep up with all your email requirements.

Monetization

  • We will show you the best practices and ad networks to make sure your site generates income.

Support

We built it. We support it. Whenever you need maintenance or design modifications, we will
be there to help you.

Graphic Design and Marketing

  • Looking for a new logo?
  • Need help with your product design?
  • We have a complete ‘Marketing’ department we can call on!
  • You name it, we can do it and keep it in your budget.