In recent years there has been an enormous surge in WordPress sites. WordPress is the most popular and easy to use content management software. Current statistics indicate almost 1/3 of the world’s sites are now built on a WordPress foundation. Plugins and widgets are smaller scripts that extend the site with galleries, calendars, Facebook links and other features.
WordPress has a number of drawbacks (including difficulty formatting content), but the most important drawbacks are its vulnerability to hackers and the constant need to update. WordPress needs to be updated once or twice a year, as do the themes, plugins and widgets.
Wordpress is a framework of 1300-1500 files. We begin by installing these files on your server, as well as various WordPress plugins we recommend or you request. The WordPress framework, plugins and widgets are created by other people – we simply assemble them and modify them to suit your needs.
Next we make a page design (called a theme). We start with a basic theme from WordPress and make a “child theme” so we can customize the layout and text styles to get the look you want. To protect your own security we prefer not to use free themes, although we can match any free theme you like. (Read more about why you should avoid free WordPress themes.)
After we install WordPress and customize a theme, we make sure your plugins are compatible. Some of our recommended plugins include Contact Form 7, Si Captcha for spam, Add This share widget for social media, and Google Analytics.
Your blank pages are now ready for content. You can send text and images to us and we can make pages with your content. Or you can add your own images and text.
When you need to update
Weeks, months or a year later, you will start seeing requests on your Dashboard to update to a new version of WordPress or update a plugin. Most updates are necessary to patch security leaks. If you don’t update, you might link to your site one day and see all your pages of content gone. This has happened to several clients who were on popular, well-known hosts. Their files were gone forever because their hosts did not do back-ups.
At Kits Media, we install a back-up free of charge for the first two years of your site. If something happens, we can get your site working again in a short amount of time. We also offer managed hosting on a Canadian server for an added layer of security for our Canadian clients.