Website Design Using WordPress

WordPress has come a long way from it’s beginnings as a blogging tool when it was first released in 2003. Since then it has undergone constant development and improvement and is now extremely popular and the open source content management system (CMS) of choice.

How West Sussex Websites use WordPress

At West Sussex Websites although we support a few websites built on other systems or flat HTML websites, we only build new websites using WordPress and encourage non WordPress clients to move to WordPress when it’s time to update / redesign their website.

Why use WordPress for your Website

  • WordPress is a versatile Content Management System
  • WordPress is well structured and documented
  • Compared with other systems, WordPress is easy to use and learn
  • WordPress is extendible by using themes and plugins
  • WordPress can handle all your media files
  • WordPress is search engine friendly
  • WordPress is mature and during the past decade has been refined, tested, and enhanced
  • With so many users a huge, active, and generous community has sprung up to provide support, exchange ideas, and make WordPress better for everyone

Our approach to using themes

A theme is what brings your WordPress website to life, giving it shape,  form and functionality using page templates, styling and specific functions.

There are thousands of themes available, many are free, but the better designed and supported themes are premium themes. These themes range from those that are basic frameworks that allow use to design a bespoke website to self contained themes that have their own user interfaces. Although we occasionally assist clients get set up with the latter, these themes do not allow for very much customisation and the client is limited to the design, layout and sometimes the functionality of the themes.

For most projects, at West Sussex Websites, we use starter or framework type themes. These are designed specifically for developers and although initially look like a blank sheet when installed, allow use to give the website whatever the design the client requires.

Our approach to using plugins

WordPress was designed to be extended using plugins and there are thousands of WordPress plugins available that add functionality to the core system. These plugins range from the simple that may make available a specific widget to those that provide complex business functionality such as ecommerce or others that help manage your website for example for backups or security.

From our point of view they allow us to add functionality to a website without developing it from scratch and therefore allows us to keep costs down.