Why chose WordPress for your website? It is still often (wrongly) regarded as a simple blogging platform. Maybe that was the case in the early days but now WordPress has become so much more
Open Source Software
This basically means the software is free to download and use, this encourages innovation and creates a helpful community, willing to share it’s knowledge. Although as a novice you may want your developer to build your site, over time the help is there if you want it.
Easy to Install
Good web hosting companies offer quick one click installation of wordpress and have optimised systems to work seamlessly with the platform.
A theme provides the look of your website, there are many good free themes and premium (paid) themes available to give your site the feel you want. A developer can also customise an existing theme or create a fully customised theme tailored for your exact requirements.
Plugins add additional features to your website, for example, if you want a fancy image a gallery there’ll be a selection of plugins available to you. If you are looking for any particular feature for your website there’ll probably be a selection of plugins available, many are free to use.
SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) this is making your site search engine friendly and getting it to appear high up in the search engine results page. This area is constantly changing and be wary of companies who can promise miraculous results, however there are still a number of simple things you can do with your wordpress site to assist it’s performance.
Generally wordpress is very SEO friendly but there are also some excellent SEO plugins to fine tune your website.
CMS (Content Management System) this allows the user to publish and edit their content easily and quickly. You don’t need to be an experienced programmer to update your pages, if you are used to using Word then updating the content will be simple.
Expandable and Adaptable
A wordpress business website can be as big as you want it to be, from a simple blog page to large website with a number of complex features including ecommerce. The website can grow and adapt as your business evolves.
Anything. PHP is mainly focused on server-side scripting, so you can do anything any other CGI program can do, such as collect form data, generate dynamic page content, or send and receive cookies. But PHP can do much more.
There are three main areas where PHP scripts are used.
1. Server-side scripting. This is the most traditional and main target field for PHP. You need three things to make this work. The PHP parser (CGI or server module), a web server and a web browser. You need to run the web server, with a connected PHP installation. You can access the PHP program output with a web browser, viewing the PHP page through the server. All these can run on your home machine if you are just experimenting with PHP programming. See the installation instructions section for more information.
2. Command line scripting. You can make a PHP script to run it without any server or browser. You only need the PHP parser to use it this way. This type of usage is ideal for scripts regularly executed using cron (on *nix or Linux) or Task Scheduler (on Windows). These scripts can also be used for simple text processing tasks. See the section about Command line usage of PHP for more information.
3. Writing desktop applications. PHP is probably not the very best language to create a desktop application with a graphical user interface, but if you know PHP very well, and would like to use some advanced PHP features in your client-side applications you can also use PHP-GTK to write such programs. You also have the ability to write cross-platform applications this way.