All of the websites built at Seven Sands are built using one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) WordPress. WordPress is used to power over one-third of the websites on the internet. It is used for basic business websites to eCommerce Stores to blogs and portfolios because it is one of the most flexible and easy to use CMS.
Along with WordPress, we use a drag-and-drop page builder called Elementor on all of our websites. This allows our clients to make edits to their website without having to hire a developer or any CSS knowledge.
Below we are going to discuss what WordPress is, why we use it, and what it can do for your business.
What is WordPress?
And, what is it used for?
Firstly, One of the biggest misconceptions about WordPress is that it is just a blogging platform. When we talk about WordPress in this post we are talking about WordPress.org, also known as self-hosted WordPress. WordPress.org is easily confused for WordPress.com, which is a self-publishing blogging platform. WordPress.org started as a blogging platform but it has since evolved into a powerful website building tool and content management system.
WordPress is used to power over 32% of websites on the internet. It runs complex websites for large companies like Sony Music, Microsoft News, Facebook Newsroom, and Walt Disney Company, just to name a few. As well as handling large corporate websites, WordPress is also perfect for small businesses and bloggers.
WordPress can also be used to create amazing eCommerce Stores. Some of the most popular online stores like Brown Brothers, Jococups, IGA, and a lot of small local stores/businesses are powered by WordPress eCommerce plugin WooCommerce.
Whatever your business needs or wants in a website it can become a reality with WordPress. WordPress offers a range of premium and free plugins that add extra functionality to your website. Currently, there are over 50,000 free plugins and tons of premium plugins available to install.
Kinds Of Websites You Can Make With WordPress
Small To Large Business Websites
Small and large business websites can be built on WordPress.
View our portfolio for websites that we have built for other small businesses.
Online Stores can be set up in WordPress with the additional functionality of WooCommerce. We can design an eCommerce website that works for your business. Contact us today for a free quote.
Want to add a blog to your WordPress website? That’s not a problem with WordPress. We can set up a custom blog template so your blog looks exactly how you want it.
All businesses should be displaying their latest work to customers to build trust and establish credibility. We can design a custom portfolio template to display your work exactly how you like it.
Need to block access to certain content on your website? You can add this functionality to a WordPress site. You can offer both free and paid memberships to your customers.
Real Estate Website
Automatically sync your real estate listings with your own personal custom designed website. Contact us today for a free quote.
Own a service-based website or need a website to manage bookings? This is all possible with WordPress. You can also set up a fee for bookings. Perfect for hotel/beauty websites.
… and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Why use WordPress?
WordPress powers nearly one-third of the world’s websites. If you want a personal blog, a business website, or even an online store, WordPress is a great option.
With WordPress, your website can grow as your business grows. You can always add new plugins to extend the functionality of your website. The possibilities are endless with WordPress functionality. For example, you can add: a blog, an online store, social media feeds, portfolios, membership portals, etc. whenever you like.
Get in touch with us if you would like to talk about adding extra functionality to your WordPress website today.
WordPress Is Extendable
As mentioned above, WordPress offers a variety of free and paid plugins that can give extra functionality to a website. Want to start a blog? No problem, we can set up a template for you! Want to open an online store? Sure, we can download WooCommerce and get that set up for you right away! With WordPress, your website can grow with you.
Currently, there are over 50,000 free plugins available on WordPress and tons of premium options as well.
View our hand-picked list of possible WordPress Integrations here.
Interested in an Online Store instead? View our eCommerce Integrations here.
What is Elementor?
Elementor is the world’s leading WordPress Website Builder. Here at Seven Sands, we build our websites with Elementor so it is easy for our customers to edit content/images and design without having to hire a designer or HTML knowledge.
Elementor is a page builder which basically is like an advanced visual editor.
You can drag and drop widgets into the design and see exactly what your customers will see, right away, in real-time.
One of the best things about elementor is the ability to edit the views for Mobile and Tablet devices. This is really important in today’s society because studies show that over 80% of people are using their phones to find businesses online.
Another handy function Elementor includes is Revision History as well as Undo and Redo features. With every edit you make Elementor will create a log that you can easily access. We always tell our clients not to be scared to make edits on their website because everything is always reversible and you can never kill your website through the editor.
What does WordPress do?
WordPress does everything you can think of, here is a quick preview of our ever-growing list of possible integrations.
Email Marketing Platform
Build your email list and stay in touch with your customers by adding opt-in forms in key locations on your website. Integrate your website with your: MailChimp, Active Campaign, ConvertKit, etc. email marketing account.
Social Media Feeds
Display your social media content on your website. Available networks: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
Sync your real estate listings onto your website.
View our hand-picked list of possible WordPress Integrations here.
Best WordPress Hosting?
At Seven Sands, we offer WordPress Ongoing Support Plans and WordPress Hosting Solutions. Our most popular option is the Ongoing Support package with included WordPress hosting. Most website companies usually leave you out in the cold after your website launches. Our website support packages ensure this doesn’t happen to you, we’ll look after you for the long term.
WordPress requires regular updates & business owners are usually too busy running their own business to handle these, so let us take care of it for you!
Included in our ongoing website support plan is:
WordPress & Plugin Updates
From time to time WordPress and its plugins will require updating to keep your website running smoothly. We will keep your website up to date and can roll it back to a previous version if anything goes wrong.
Monthly Website Support
Includes one hour of adjustments per month. If you don’t use your support time in a month, don’t worry, it will continue to roll over and accumulate for up to 6 months. However, if you go over your 1-hour allowance you will receive 20% off our additional support rate.
Reliable Australian WordPress Hosting
Our hosting packages include free SSL Certificates, daily website backups, email services, and are hosted in a data center in Australia. In addition, you will have access to 24-hour support from our hosting support team.
Get in touch today to learn more about our website hosting packages.
Monthly Website Reports
Seven Sands Design will keep you fully informed with all of the updates completed on your website each month.
In conclusion, we use WordPress because it is a flexible, easy to use, content management system that is perfect for small business websites.