I know WordPress Inside and Out
My name is Stuart and I have been working with WordPress for a long time. I am a qualified programmer so I understand the inner workings of WordPress.
I prefer to use modern web development techniques and frameworks and produce highly-optimised websites that will perform well on Google and load quickly on poor internet connections, but I can also recommend the best alternatives when your budget is limited.
I work freelance from my home in Tallaght, Dublin but I can launch high-performance websites on cloud servers anywhere in the world. Please feel free to contact me.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a website creation tool written in a programming language called PHP. It is, by far, the most popular website platform in the world and roughly one quarter of all websites in the world run on WordPress. If you're buying a new website or if you've bought a website in the last 10 years then, chances are, it is built on WordPress.
WordPress's most valuable feature is its content management system. It simplifies the task of building a website and for this reason most website companies choose to build on WordPress. It also gives the customer access to their website so that they might make changes to the text on their website in future.
WordPress does come with drawbacks but in general it is a good solution for the majority of websites.
Custom-built or budget-focused?
WordPress websites can be built in many different ways and every WordPress website will use a Theme and a selection of Plugins. The decision of which themes and plugins to use is crucial and a bad choice will negatively impact your website's performance and user friendliness.
If your website is an important part of your business model then slow load times or badly structured code will have a direct impact on your company's profit margin.
For this reason I always recommend building a custom website using modern web development techniques and hosting it on quality cloud platforms such as AWS or Digital Ocean.
I also provide budget-focused WordPress options that won't perform quite as well but will be perfectly suitable in some situations.
When you want the best and your website's performance is mission critical, this is the way to go.
I use the Roots WordPress framework which ensures that your website's code is written using the best modern web development techniques.
Building this way produces WordPress websites that are lightning-fast, robust and reliable. It's the best option for large complex websites, especially if multiple developers will be working on your code.
WordPress websites traditionally use pre-built themes and this saves a lot on development time. You won't get the same performance or customisability as a bespoke WordPress build but sometimes this is the more economically viable option.
I know the best WordPress themes and plugins that help minimise development costs without compromising the functionality, performance or reliability of your website.
If you have the time and the patience to learn how to use the WordPress administration panel or wp-admin then you should be able to save a lot on development costs.
wp-admin allows the non-developer to set up website menus, pages and content. This can save your website developer a lot of time and greatly reduce your website's cost.
You will probably still need someone like me to set up the website hosting and install all the software, and when you have all your content in place, you can get me back in to finish off the complicated stuff.