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WordPress has become a brand recognized around the world due to their comprehensive and intuitive content management system and in addition to their CMS, they also offer a robust website builder for all types of websites.
Anyone looking to build a site using WordPress can start using the platform entirely for free, but to truly enjoy their features a paid plan is required. Personal plans start at just £4 and allow you to enjoy a custom domain name, and remove all WordPress.com branding from your site. The Premium plan costs £7 per month and offers advanced design tools, CSS editing, and the ability to monetize your site with ads. Finally, the Business plan costs £20/month and suits businesses looking for unlimited premium and business theme templates, Google Analytics support, and, unlimited storage.
While the templates are limited in the free plan, upgrading to a paid plan unlocks close to 300 pre-designed templates that users can customize with different images, themes, and, color schemes. These templates can be used for many different types of websites including blogs, creative portfolios, restaurant sites, fashion pages, and much more. WordPress also offers premium templates for an additional fee to those interested in investing in a specialized design.
WordPress templates are pre-designed, making it easy to customize them for your website. These templates can be personalized by changing the font, text, and color scheme.
Some templates are equipped with extra features such as sliding photo galleries, wrap around images, and video blocks. These too can be customized to make your website uniquely yours. Furthermore, those with advanced coding knowledge can build and design their site entirely from scratch and transfer their site to WordPress.
WordPress offers a dedicated eCommerce plugin, called WooCommerce. This plugin has become the most popular eCommerce solution worldwide, powering over 55 million online stores. Once you sign up for a WordPress plan, you can easily add the eCommerce plugin from the dashboard by clicking on “Add New Plugin”.
Similar to the website builder, WooCommerce allows you to customize your online store and create the perfect store for your products. You can easily sell anything, from physical products to digital downloads to online appointments.
With WordPress, users can build and customize a website that looks great on any device including mobile or tablet. Website owners can use the intuitive dashboard to preview their website from different screen sizes. WordPress also hosts several plugins to help make your site more mobile friendly and responsive.
In order to bring relevant visitors to your website, you’ll need to utilize WordPress's strong SEO tools. Unfortunately, only the Business Plan comes with SEO tools, but these are essential to improving your ranking on search engines. If the business plan isn't for you and you want to boost your SEO, WordPress does offer paid plugins like Yoast SEO or All in One SEO to help improve visibility and increase search traffic.
As the world’s most popular website builder, it's no surprise that WordPress has outstanding customer support. Their online forums feature extensive discussions on how to utilize and leverage the many features that come with this platform. In addition, WordPress has a wealth of online resources and tutorials to help users make the most use of their plans.
Free users can submit an inquiry through an online contact form, however, only paying customers can benefit from email and live chat support.