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WordPress or Wix a web designer’s opinion

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For anyone considering a new website, WordPress or Wix may well be a question you are facing. I have worked on a couple of Wix sites for clients recently. I am a WordPress web designer of over a decade, my bias is obvious, but I am being truthful with my opinions. I recommend you search for other opinions before making your decision.

WordPress or Wix a web designer’s opinion?

If you are completely new to creating a website, my first bit of advice would be to accept that whether you use WordPress or Wix or another solution, a considerable chunk of time will be needed to put it together with a steep learning curve, irrespective of what Wix’s marketing says. You may greatly enjoy that process, you may find it deeply frustrating, or a bit of both.

What is best for your website, Wix or WordPress? The simple answer is I honestly can’t see a single advantage with Wix at any level.

In fact I would say the changes WordPress has made in the back end for creating new content, with the Gutenberg Editor than was launched in late 2018, makes WordPress considerably easier and more user friendly. It is probably thanks to Wix and other web builders for that development, pressurising WordPress to up it’s game.

What is the technical difference between WordPress and Wix?

WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), as are Drupla and Joomla, while Wix is a website builder, as are Squarespace, Weebly and Shopify. And what is that difference for a non web design person? Not an awful lot. With a website builder you also get hosting, simplifying the start of the build, on the other hand you are also tied to them, and you can’t scale up.

How difficult is it to start a WordPress website from scratch?

There are a number of component parts that sound complicated but really aren’t. You need to purchase web hosting from a web host (a place on the internet your website ‘lives’), you need a domain name (www.yourcompanyname.com) and you need it set up for WordPress.

There are lots of web hosts out there. Names you have probably heard like GoDaddy, Bluehost, and Siteground. I use one.com. I began using them in 2008, have never had any problems, I believe their price is reasonable and their 24 hour chat service is a great back up. There is a security in being with a large hosting company. This IS an affiliate link for one.com. If you use it, we both get 100 DKK back on the deal.

I will now talk you through getting started in WordPress on one.com as of 2020 

Start with the name you want. There is a search engine that offers you the chance to see if your desired name is available.

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Purchase the one you want, then you will be prompted for hosting. (the place your website ‘lives’ on the internet). The cheapest option will be fine, and purchase. You are two steps into the three step start.

Number three is to log into your new account via the Control Panel on one.com’s website, and find the large button ‘One click WordPress’.

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And you’re off! You have your own WordPress website on your own domain. The beginning of a professional website with all WordPress offers. Everything from creating pages to controlling menus to changing themes and adding plugins is available on YouTube.

Is WordPress worth learning in 2020?

Absolutely. It’s 35% of the internet, up 15% since 2015. It’s still developing. It’s still being updated. Tutorials are all over YouTube. Do it.

Why is Wix so ubiquitous?

Wix is so ubiquitous because of their marketing. Their marketing is very, very good, and they are keying into the often confusing start up process for a web design for people with no web design knowledge. Why is there no WordPress advertising? WordPress is open source. It’s free to use and maintained through altruism, albeit the altruism of companies that do very well out of selling WordPress related products.

Good luck, go for it, Google and YouTube are your friend.

Iain Cameron is a Copenhagen based web designer.

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Is it worth making your own website?

Is it worth making your own website?

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The three variables are time, interest, and budget. Can you make a website, that is professional for your business needs? Perhaps. Do you have the time, and patience to learn through trial and error? What if that time turns out to be wasted. Can you afford to waste that time? Do you have the budget for a professional? It may be far cheaper in the long run, to bring in a professional, who will also come with advice for best practices, and you concentrate on your core skills for your business? Certainly something to consider.

Very much like plumbing, electrical work, car maintenance, and a fair few other skills, a professional is the correct and cheapest option for the reasons mentioned above.

There is another scenario. You might discover you love it. It maybe you want to throw away your business idea, and become a web designer. It is very rewarding, and if it suits you, fantastic. Welcome to the world of HTML, CSS, CMS, and FTP.

Here is an incredibly good link to get you started. www.w3schools.com/html/html_links.asp and here is how to get to the top of the stack www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_pos_z-index.asp

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Iain Cameron is a Copenhagen based web designer and graphic designer. My about page.

My web design page.

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How much does a website cost?

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How much does a website cost? A very important question for anyone starting a business, or looking to update a website. How much a website costs, is also subject to your requirements and needs. One website is not very much like another website. They can change very significantly, and going with the cheapest price available may well turn out to be the most expensive choice.

What do you need from a web designer?

Your needs are specific to you and your business. If you don’t know what you need, and many don’t (why would you, your field of expertise is somewhere else) you need someone who will explain the different options, and give their recommendations, and explain that in simple English after carefully listening to, and researching your needs.

Your website is your shop window to the world. That shop window needs to work for you.

A web design vocabulary guide

Some basic phrases to give you a better understanding of your own requirements.

Webhost. This is the name for where your website ‘lives’ on the internet. On a server, or big computer, at a large company. I use one.com (That is a referral link. I make a small amount of money if you use it)

Domain name or URL. The name, or address of your website. This needs to be purchased, and can typically be bought together with web hosting as a package from the aforementioned large company.

CMS. Content management system. There are many of these. This is the name for the ‘engine’ of your website. WordPress is a CMS. And the most used.

Themes and plugins. If WordPress is the engine, the theme is the body, and plugins are the extra features, in this car analogy. Subject to the scale of the web design job, these are tweaked and re-worked by web designers to create a unique solution.

SEO. Search engine optimisation. Being found on Google. Whereby your content is written and presented with a view to your website appearing as high as possible on Google for your preferred search terms.

Responsive. The word used to describe a modern website. In a world of smart phones and tablets, to make sure your website functions as well on a small screen as it does on a large one.

Wireframes. An early stage part of the web design process for testing out navigation and functionality. A prototype version of a site, pre branding.

Maintenance. The general care for a website. Maintain updates and ensure there are no conflicts. In my case this can also extend to all duties on the website. Adding and editing content, to allow my clients to get on with their areas of expertise.

So how much does a website cost?

If you want to know how much a website would cost from myself, without any obligation to use my services, get in touch. studio@iaincameron.dk. And here is my website portfolio.

 

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All the power of WordPress in the best creative hands

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‘All the power of WordPress in the best creative hands’ is my tag line. What it means is, WordPress has come so far in the last decade, it now does the heavy lifting of the web design process. Between themes, plugins, my skills in CSS, HTML and javascript, and on occasion using outside developers help, I can create a website using my other skills as a designer.

Combining these skills is what makes me a successful web designer. Having a love for the web, having a holistic understanding of all the areas of expertise needed in successful web design. From SEO to user experience, to understanding branding, and communication, to having a highly trained eye for quality design.

One of the key aspects of my web design process is the importance of the interactive element of the experience. This is why I don’t design in Photoshop for websites. Photoshop is flat, and motionless. I design my websites straight onto WordPress. WordPress for wireframes, for testing content to see how it works together. Building around my client’s content. Adding, removing, re-working, but always on a website, not in a fake web environment.

As a web design consultant, or WordPress consultant, I know what is at the cutting edge of web design technology, together with I can use my marketing and design skills to create a professional, successful web presence. There’s a fine line between arrogance, and confidence. ‘All the power of WordPress in the best creative hands’, is the confidence of fifteen years work in web design. Twenty in graphic design. And still as enthused and motivated as the first time I connected via ftp all those years ago.

A selection from my web design portfolio.