Here are answers to the some of the most commonly asked questions about WordPress and the services Highway 1 Studio offers.
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WordPress is currently the top website platform. It is easy to use, even for those who are not technically inclined. It is search engine optimized. It is inexpensive. It is versatile, powerful and customizable. I have coded websites from scratch and was at first reluctant to use a content management system, because I thought it would be confining and would limit what I could do. But in many years of working with WordPress, I can honestly say there has not been one time I’ve wanted to do something and haven’t been able to research and find a way to do it. I have also worked with other content management systems and have not found any that are as simple to use, as functional and as versatile as WordPress. You could make it harder on yourself, but there is simply no reason to do so.
Can’t I just do this myself?
You could. Many website hosting companies offer “one-click” WordPress installation, but there are associated problems. When you use a one-click install through your website hosting company, you will probably not get the most current version of WordPress. Right off the bat, you will be in need of an upgrade. Once you’ve accomplished that, there are a myriad of settings to configure and you may need to edit some of the code for the website to work the way you want it to. I have been developing websites for 15 years, I know what I’m doing, and it still takes me hours to get things just right. Every website is different, and I always have research to do to figure out one or more issues. I don’t think I’ve ever developed a WordPress site without having to edit one or more pieces of code to get the results I want. You will also need to install and configure plugins if you want to go beyond the most basic website. For example, you will need plugins if you want to be able to view your websites statistics, if you want to be able to add footnotes to your posts, if you want people to be able to subscribe to single posts or to your blog, if you want a shopping cart so visitors can purchase products from you. WordPress is simple to use, but if you want a powerful, versatile, self-hosted website, you need an experienced professional to install and configure it properly.
Why should I hire you?
I have over 15 years of experience developing websites, completely from scratch using code (HTML) and on various content management platforms, such as Joomla and WordPress. For the past 8 years or so, I have committed to using WordPress exclusively. I’ve studied website development, coding and WordPress extensively. Although WordPress is a simple system to use, my experience with HTML comes in handy every time I develop a WordPress site, to figure out why something isn’t working properly or to customize the site so that it looks the way I want it to look and performs the functions I need it to perform. Even with my years of education and experience, it takes me anywhere from 8-10 hours and beyond to develop a WordPress site. If you are not technically inclined and don’t have website development experience, it will likely take you much more time and could be a very frustrating process. Your time is valuable. By hiring me, you can focus on building your business and get an affordable, turnkey website that functions as you want it to function.
How soon will my website be finished?
Once you are ready to move forward, I will provide you with a website build package. This is essentially simple instructions and a form for you to complete and return to me so that I have all of the information I need to develop your website. Once I have received complete information, I will add you to my production schedule and will e-mail you with the date I expect your website to be completed. The production schedule is first come, first served, so the sooner you return your completed information package to me, the sooner I will be able to start work on your website. Currently, websites are generally completed within 7-10 business days after I receive your information.