Lots of useful information and advices for my existing and prospective clients.
Before I continue, let me make sure you understand that I can also install and customize the WordPress platform to suit your needs and charge you for that.
However, I don't want you to find later on that you made the wrong decision because something can go wrong to negatively affect your site.
As you know WordPress itself is free, but there is a catch. The key phrase is managing of WordPress. If you don’t maintain a WordPress site, it will likely become slow and full of errors. This makes it an easy target for hackers though even maintained it's full of vulnerabilities that hackers could use to take advantage of your site.
You might think, why do we need to think of security? Our site is just starting out. There's no way it could be a target! Think again. Due to the popularity of WordPress, every site is a potential target. Thinking of security now ensures you won’t regret doing this later. At least, you should be ready when disaster strikes.
The other important aspect is the look & feel. Free themes are being used everywhere. To get a little more exclusive design and feel for the site, you guys should purchase a commercial "premium" theme. It's valid for the Plugins as well. Most plugin developers operate on a yearly renewal cycle. This means a year after initially purchasing the plugin, you will need to renew the plugin license to keep getting updates and support.
In other words, in the end, it will cost you more money and time than you realize.
Meaning, if your budget is low at the moment, we can determine the crucial services your website requires together, and negotiate the price or the payment terms but, don't go for WordPress.
First off, you need to know that humans are visual creatures and most of the information we consume and interpret is visual. We are all reviewers without even realizing it. We use websites and we judge websites. We review many websites every day, we make judgments about trustworthiness, credibility, competency, reliability, design, and style within seconds of arriving on a Web page.
As a designer, I am often asked to redesign and review websites that generally are getting to look better.
* Sometimes, it's really hard to locate the issues because usually, the problems are not obvious immediately.
* Sometimes a website is just wrong for the client's brand, or the experience of performing tasks on it is unpleasant.
* Sometimes, a website just doesn’t work.
People no longer just want to browse a website, they want to experience it. If it's done correctly it will attract and keep them, while done incorrectly it will make them decide to go.
Meaning, the appearance is everything and we need an effective design which should convey a message, tell a story, and allow anyone to understand what you're talking about. Thus a quality design can make your site and your brand stick in the viewer’s mind as professional and credible.
Professional pictures capture authenticity and play a vital role in web design. Probably even more important than some of the other design things of your website.
Pictures transcend words allowing a greater understanding of whatever is being presented. The pictures tell an important story about what you are trying to convey to your chosen audience and about the character of your business. Evenmore, pictures not only show the visitor what you offer but, can also make them want to act.
With that in mind, it really makes sense to avoid a poor image strategy.
You can have excellent content but with poor quality pictures you'll make the whole website look shabby and perhaps, boring.
I can help you further and build a website that works and doesn't lack any of the fundamental features so you can compete in your field and markets.