Your business needs are growing and you know you need to build (or upgrade) your website. You know there are options available for creating websites, but it can be confusing how to decide which platform is the best fit for you? With Wix and WordPress being two of the most well-known platforms, we are going to compare the two from the perspective of a developer who works a lot with small business owners. And just full-disclosure, we do develop with WordPress, although we have helped a few clients with their DIY type sites on Wix, Weebly and Squarespace over the years.
Powering over one third of all websites, WordPress is one of the most ubiquitous website design platforms on the Web. Consequently, there are an abundance of tools and web-related aspects designed to work with it. This is a good thing, because the choices are many. However, this plethora of choices can also make it difficult to determine what elements are best for your needs. One example of this is the choosing of a hosting provider.
There are 4 types of hosting options often considered by website owners – shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), dedicated servers, and managed WordPress hosting. With all of these options, making the right choice might seem like an overwhelming task with too many factors to understand. To cut to the chase, the key features you should look for in a reliable host for WordPress sites would be speed, security, support, robust backups, included SSL certs, and helpful developer tools. In this post, we will break down the details of what all of that means so you can make an informed decision when choosing the best WordPress hosting provider for your website.
How Important is Readability to Your Website?
Have you ever received a document, perhaps of a legal or financial matter, and found yourself struggling to understand exactly what it is saying? If so, then chances are, you either asked someone to give you a simpler explanation, set it aside to be dealt with later, or worse, signed it without truly knowing what you agreed to. This is because readability is a ‘must have’ element in communication.
Your website content should be easy to read and understand by visitors. Wikipedia defines ‘readability’ as “the ease at which a reader can understand written text”. So, does readability matter? In short, yes.
It’s now been six months since WordPress released the Gutenberg editor plugin. Gutenberg became the default editor starting with Wordpres version 5.0 which launched in December, and as such, there has now been time for more people to assess the new editing experience and share their various insights. For some, the transition has been nearly seamless and welcomed enthusiastically. For others, not so much. (In fact, according to one survey, 75% of users dislike it!)
However, since Gutenberg is now the new default editor for WordPress, its good to have a better understanding of it. But before you get too concerned, here are some of the pros and cons of using the Gutenberg plugin.
Look at your phone’s home screen.
Chances are, you will see apps for banking, for tracking the weather, shopping apps, ones that keep you on schedule, work related apps, and most likely, at least one type of social media app. If you are a business owner using WooCommerce, then it is important that you know about a newcomer to the Android world of apps – the WooCommerce app. (It should be noted that this is not WooCommerce’s first venture into apps, as they already had one designed for IOS – which was improved with this new app.)
Did You Know….
- Studies show that product/service assessment takes buyers about 90 seconds.
- When that same shopper is looking to buy online, that number is reduced to 8 seconds – 94% of those impressions are influenced by the website design.
- More startling, is that when shopping online, your product is not just judged for what it is but 75% of users judge your brand credibility based on your website design.
Consequently, it is vital that you have a website design that commands the attention of your site guests, so that you can maximize user engagement.