Last Updated on November 21, 2023 by Ava

Welcome to the exciting world of WordPress—a platform that’s truly unmatched for web development!

Whetherusing wordpress you’re a seasoned pro or just dipping your toes into the digital waters, WordPress offers an unparalleled range of possibilities.

My journey with WordPress started in 2006 when I ventured into online marketing.

Back then, managing a WordPress site included a steep learning curve and a lot of technical skill.

I’m not going to lie, WordPress can still be daunting if you have no experience, but if you’re intuitive and a fast learner, you should be able to handle it.

I can help you approach it by building off knowledge you already have.

Let me tell you, there’s a wealth of possibilities within WordPress.

From creating an online store to establishing membership sites, author platforms, portfolios, podcast hubs, forums, and beyond—literally, the sky’s the limit!

But hold on, let’s clear up any confusion about WordPress.com versus WordPress.org.

I’m not referring to the free blogging site WordPress.com. I’m talking about WordPress.org, where you take the reins by owning a domain, acquiring hosting, and installing the WordPress software—giving you absolute control over your site.

Think of your self-hosted WordPress site as prime real estate on the internet.

And did you know? Big names like The Official Star Wars Blog, Katy Perry, Reuters, Creative Fabrica, and Mashable—all built their online presence using WordPress. That’s some serious credibility!

Getting started with WordPress is a cinch. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Domain –  Your unique online address. Prices vary, but in most cases, it won’t break the bank—usually around $15 or less for a year.
  • Hosting –  An essential element for your site’s home on the web. Plans start as low as $2.95/month, and many hosts offer easy one-click WordPress installation.

So, if you’re ready to simplify your online journey, consider WordPress. Dive in, explore its endless possibilities, and watch your ideas come to life effortlessly!

Got questions or need guidance? Feel free to ask—I’m here to help, just like a friend would.

WordPress Alternatives

There are several noteworthy alternatives to WordPress that cater to various needs in web development. Here’s a brief exploration:

  1. Wix: Wix is a versatile website builder known for its drag-and-drop interface, making it incredibly user-friendly. It offers a range of customizable templates for different industries. Wix is an all-in-one solution, providing hosting, domain registration, and a variety of third-party integrations.
  2. Squarespace: Squarespace focuses on design and aesthetics, offering visually stunning templates suited for creative professionals, artists, and photographers. It’s an intuitive platform that simplifies the process of creating a sleek, modern website without needing extensive technical skills.
  3. Weebly: Similar to Wix, Weebly is another user-friendly website builder, ideal for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It offers a straightforward drag-and-drop interface, various templates, and e-commerce functionalities, making it easy to set up an online store.
  4. Shopify: While primarily known as an e-commerce platform, Shopify can also be used for building websites. It’s a robust solution for those focusing on selling products online, offering a wide range of themes, integrations, and tools specifically designed for online stores.
  5. Substack: Substack is a unique platform that combines email marketing with blogging. While I do recommend a website for most authors, Substack is a viable alternative if you don’t want the extra cost and headache of learning WordPress. Read my full write-up here.
  6. Landing Pages: Most email marketing platforms include the ability to create landing pages. Landing pages are one-page websites that promote a product or service. If you just want to build an email list and write a newsletter or simple emails to your audience, a landing page is all you really need.

Each of these alternatives has its unique strengths, catering to different skill levels, project scopes, and specific website needs.

Whether you’re aiming for simplicity, design-focused sites, e-commerce, or intricate customization, exploring these options can help you find the perfect fit for your web development endeavors.

Websites I’ve Built

I’ve built many sites both for myself and clients. You can have a look at a few of them by clicking the links below.

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to elevate your web presence and bring your ideas to life?

Explore the endless possibilities with WordPress today! Whether you’re a seasoned website owner or just starting out, WordPress offers the tools and flexibility to create stunning, functional websites that stand out.

Join the WordPress community and unleash your creativity.

Get started by setting up your own self-hosted WordPress site for ultimate control and customization. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to simplify your online journey and unlock the potential of your ideas.

Take the first step towards building your dream website—contact me about helping you set up your website and embark on an exciting WordPress adventure!



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