WordPress is an open-source Content Management System, highly flexible for any number of uses, such as a company website, blog or ecommerce store. As open-source software, WordPress is completely free. While there is a paid-for hosted version available from wordpress.com, the actual installation of the software is available for free, capable of being hosted anywhere you have server space.
One of the main components of the WordPress architecture is the separation of form from function. WordPress utilizes a template engine to separate the actual content of a site from its design and layout. In this way, a site administrator can flip through numerous different templates or themes to change the style of the site, without altering any of the content itself.
With a history of more than 13 years and 60 million sites (more than a quarter of all websites), WordPress is arguably the best-known and most user-friendly CMS around.
Probably the biggest feature of WordPress is its usability and simplicity. Developed to work right “out of the box”, just about anyone, with no prior design or development knowledge, can learn the basics of managing a WordPress site in a matter of hours or even minutes. Pretty much every function and feature on the dashboard has a graphical interface, making it readily apparent and very intuitive.
The enormous popularity of WordPress means that it also has a strong and dedicated online development community supporting it. With over 45,000 available plugins, if there’s a feature you want that doesn’t exist for WordPress by default right out of the box, chances are someone has figured out a way to make it work, possibly even for free. This sort of extensibility means that there are very few limits to what you can do with WordPress, as well as excellent documentation and a community always working to improve the existing features and stability.
Even though the backend dashboard is fairly straightforward and consistent for any WordPress site, the look and feel of your site is fully customizable and open-ended. You can either choose one of the thousands of templates available for WordPress, or commission an entirely new built-from-scratch theme.
Other handy features of the CMS include a built-in search engine, an intuitive permalink structure, ability to moderate and password-protect site pages and blog posts, cross-platform mobile applications, and much more. To learn more about WordPress’s features, please check out wordpress.org.
WordPress Design Services in Los Angeles
Our WordPress projects typically fall into two different categories: Custom or Template.
For a custom WordPress project, we will create a completely from-scratch design, specifically tailored to your project and business. We will gather initial ideas and assets from you in which to base our design on, deliver a first batch of possible mocks to you, and then perform an unlimited number of design revisions until you are completely happy with the look and feel of your site. To learn more about our custom design process, please see this blog post.
For template projects, we will work with an existing WordPress template file that you have purchased and licensed, and add in your content to the existing framework. Slight modifications are possible with a template, but generally speaking, what you see in the template is what you’ll get for a final product (with images, text and other content switched out, of course).
If many changes are necessary to be made to a template file, then it is typically best to go with a completely custom WordPress design.
Past Client Projects Using WordPress
Some of our past clients that we have built WordPress websites for include:
To see more examples of previous WordPress projects we’ve worked on, take a look at our Portfolio page.
If you are looking for a team of experienced WordPress developers in the Los Angeles area, please contact us to find out how we can help. Located in downtown Los Angeles, we have office space in the Fine Arts building on W 7th st. We are available for in-person meetings from 9am – 6pm Monday through Friday, and 9am to 3pm on Saturdays. We look forward to serving you.