Word Press

A very popular web development platform with (almost) unlimited plug-ins …

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.  It is a web template system using a template processor, extended and customized by the user with free/low-cost “themes” and “plugins” available at WordPress.org and from numerous 3rd-party developers.  WordPress is currently used in @ 35% of all new websites.

Themes and plug-ins range from basic (mostly free) to very complex (usually for a nominal cost).   My personal rules for evaluating themes and plug-ins I might consider using are:

  • They should have been downloaded and actively installed by a “reasonable” number of users.  This usually tells me that the “world” finds it useful and the vendor is more likely to continue to maintain and enhance it.
  • It shows a “fairly recent” last update and “compatibility” to all recent WordPress releases.  This tells me the vendor is actively maintaining (and possibly enhancing) it, which bodes well for bugs getting fixed in a timely manner.

Themes come with a wide variety of built-in functionality and plug-ins.  Some additional plug-ins you may want to consider includes:

  • TinyMCE Advanced – enables the advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor.  The basic editor in Word Press is just that – BASIC – oriented more to creating simple textual blog entries than to a more graphical web page development.
  • UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin – supports manual & automatic backup to both the local server and one or more cloud locations.  (The free version will probably be all you need)
  • Yoast SEO – Probably the most popular all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.  (The free version will meet most of your needs.)
  • Call Now Button – This plugin places a Call Now button (click-to-call) to the bottom of the screen which is only visible for your mobile visitors.
  • Soloquey Lite – photo slider
  • Mail Poet Newsletter – newsletter creation/management
  • Word Fence – security
  • Fast Secure Contact Form –
  • Disable Comments –
  • The Events Calendar –