J Davis Web Design

Custom WordPress Design

Site Maintenance

WordPress, a Content Management System and a Blog

If you have your website designed using WordPress, you will use the WordPress dashboard to maintain your site. You can access your WordPress dashboard from any computer with an internet browser. We provide typed instructions and email support for every custom site we create. If you feel that you need additional help, you can pay us (at our hourly rate of $30) for complicated updates or phone support.
There is no fee to WordPress for their software. WordPress does release periodic updates of their core code. You can either handle running the periodic updates (be sure to backup your site first) or contact us and we will install the updates for you.

Visit the WordPress.org site for more information about the WordPress software. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about creating a custom WordPress theme for your website!

Advantages of WordPress:

  • There is no wait time on sharing timely news as you maintain your site yourself.
  • Multiple individuals in your organization or company can edit your website.
  • Your site can be maintained from any computer with access to an internet browser.
  • You can easily add text, pictures, and videos to your pages and posts and quickly add or delete pages and posts.
  • You can establish a dialogue with your web users via a system of posts and comments.
  • Your blog posts can be picked up by news feeds and commented on in other blogs, thereby increasing your public impact.
  • With a custom-designed theme, your site need not look a mere blog. Take a look at our demo sites and our client portfolio.

Disadvantages of WordPress:

  • Unless you have a commercial or custom-designed theme, your site looks like a blog.
  • Be careful with free WordPress themes, which can be poorly-coded. It’s best to purchase a commercial theme or have a custom theme designed for you.
  • There is an initial learning curve to working with the WordPress dashboard (however, we provide complete instructions).
  • A blog can be time-consuming to maintain (writing posts, moderating comments, managing users).
  • If you don’t have a sense of design, your pages and posts could quickly become a chaotic mess. (Go easy on the wild colors and font sizes.)
  • The core WordPress platform is rather basic in functionality. You will need plugins to add desired features. Plugins are coded by independent programmers. Some are better than others and it is up to the programmers to update their plugins when WordPress releases a core program update.