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WordPress: King or Outdated?


Date Published: 13 Mar


Everyday I receive a phone call or 2 from small businesses and individuals with wordpress websites who are looking to re build or upate their website.  As the story normally goes their web designer build their website on wordpress and now no longer offers updates and their site either isn't working at all or desperately needs to have code updated.  It got me thinking is wordpress still king, or has it's reign come to and end?

Undoubtedly, WordPress revolutionised website creation, offering a platform for anyone with basic coding knowledge to create designer websites. However, times have changed. While WordPress remains a powerful content management system (CMS), new website builders have emerged, offering simplicity, flexibility, and features tailored to modern needs.

The Rise of User-Friendly Alternatives

For business owners and individuals with limited technical expertise, WordPress can feel like a double-edged sword. Yes, it offers immense customisation, but this comes with a learning curve. Installing plugins, managing themes, and maintaining security updates requires some technical know-how, and hiring a developer at regular intervals can be costly.

The new generation of website builders like Oncord, Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly have addressed this head-on. These platforms prioritise drag-and-drop interfaces, intuitive editing tools, and pre-built templates. You can create beautiful, professional websites without ever touching a line of code.

Beyond Basic Blogging

WordPress initially rose to fame as a blogging platform. While it has evolved significantly, many website builders now offer robust blogging functionalities alongside features catering to a wider range of needs.

E-commerce businesses can leverage website builders with built-in online store creation tools, product management options, and secure payment gateways. Creative professionals can showcase their work through stunning portfolio websites. Restaurants can manage online reservations and menus. These features are often seamlessly integrated within the platform, eliminating the need for plugins and complex configurations.

The Power of Mobility

Today, mobile responsiveness is no longer a luxury, it's a necessity. Modern website builders ensure your website displays flawlessly on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. This eliminates the need for separate mobile development, saving you time and resources.

Embrace the Future - Your Website Made Easy

So, is WordPress outdated? Not entirely. It remains a powerful tool for those comfortable with its intricacies. However, for those seeking a hassle-free website creation experience, the new generation of website builders offers a more accessible and user-friendly path.  And if I hear one more person say "yeah but with wordpress you get better SEO capabilities" I am likely to spit the dummy lol.  The fact is that search engines like google are forever evolving if you built a website 5 years ago and have had no SEO update since then well you're behind.  And while yes some website builders give you more SEO capabilities than others I've looked at plenty of wordpress websites that have not even taken advantage of all the SEO capabilities that they have.   

Before you choose, consider your needs and technical expertise. If you crave complete control over every aspect of your website because you're a coding expert or have a complex website in mind, WordPress might still be the king for you. But for most individuals and businesses, the new wave of website builders offers a more streamlined and user-friendly approach to creating a stunning and reliable online presence that you can take control of and edit whenever you like.

Altitude Business Solutions are committed to helping Small Business Owners navigate their way through growing their business. Helping them assess where there are issues and providing the recourses and contacts to give Altitude to their business. 

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Geoff Baker wrote:
15 Mar 12:49pm
Thank you Kerrie. For a non-tech like me it's still all 'French'.
Regards,
GB

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