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Our legacy web design business has evolved from a retail website customer focus in 1998, to only doing websites as part of a marketing campaign. We recommend that all prospects first attempt to try a free template site like those from WordPress, Wix, and Weebly.
— Dean Tripodes
Do you recommend WordPress?
WordPress is a free blogging tool and Content Management System (CMS) that is very popular. There are many people who do support advanced WordPress templates (we do not) and their designs are very good. Advantages for customers who use WordPress include:
- You can maintain all aspects of the website. That isn't a service that we offer, as our typical customer has a monthly maintenance plan and wants the benefit of having us do it. (Our more hands-on customers just want to edit the text through a CMS, and not have to worry about directions, navigation, and other website functionality. We do offer a CMS.)
- It saves cost.
- There are many widgets available that add functionality to WordPress sites, including Twitter feed and Facebook like box.
Disadvantages for customers who use WordPress:
- You will have to learn how to implement the advanced WordPress themes, layouts, menus, and designs; or pay someone to do so for you.
- If all you just want to do is edit text and change images, then WordPress sites are more time consuming and complicated than having a professional design a website with CMS for you.
- Almost all WordPress sites tend to have that "WordPress template" look. If you want custom, it's hard to get that unique look with even the best templates.
- Printing WordPress web pages can range from inconsistent (different font sizes and layout than on the page), to wasting many pages to print a web page that should just fit on one sheet of paper.
- Though unlikely, the owners of WordPress may delete your blog at any time. "[They] may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately." See the #15 Termination clause under their Terms of Service en.wordpress.com/tos/.
- The nagging WordPress credit links on every page.