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I recommend reading Part 4: 5 Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress For Your Small Business or Startup Website before continuing here.
5. Choices (options)
The last point that I gave you in Part 4: Scalability leads me nicely into my 5th and final reason for choosing WordPress: choices i.e. options.
With WordPress you have an abundance of choices in so many areas of building your small business website that is really indicative of the success you can have with a WordPress website. These choices can be defined under: domain registration companies; web hosting companies; Content Distributed Network (CDN) providers; WordPress web design companies or freelancers; WordPress Themes and Plugins. And, in this final Part of the series, I will examine these for you.
Domain registration companies
The following domain registration companies I can personally recommend to you because of the good experience I have had in using them:
- Namecheap: Why? Fantastic prices and now my no. 1 choice for new domain registrations.
- 123 Reg: Why? They offer great deals like first year free for new .co.uk or .uk registrations.
- 1&1 IONOS: Why? Because you can buy your domain + hosting together for a great price.
- GoDaddy: Why? For the same as above: get your domain + hosting from 1 provider.
Web hosting companies
The following web hosting companies I can personally recommend to you because of the good experience I have had in using them:
- A2 Hosting: Why? Their customer support is amazing because they are so keen to keep you happy.
- WPEngine: Why? They are a pure WordPress hosting company and super fast.
- 1&1 IONOS: Why? Really good affordable WordPress hosting.
- GoDaddy: Why? For the same as above: really good affordable WordPress hosting.
Content Distributed Network (CDN) providers
I have never personally had the need to use more than 1 CDN provider. And so my recommendation to you for a CDN is Cloudflare for the following reasons:
- It’s FREE! See Cloudflare Pricing.
- Not just a CDN: it will also optimise all your static assets (Images, HTML, CSS & JS) to make your website as fast as possible.
- Amazing control panel: their control panel is so good, that you will never have to contact them.
- Domain registration: it will soon be adding a domain registration service in which you will not pay anymore than it costs to register the domain at the registrar.
WordPress web design freelancer
The following resources to find a WordPress web design freelancer I can personally recommend to you because of the good experience I have had in using them:
- Upwork: Why? There is such an amazing choice of freelancers around the world.
- Freelancer: Why? Again an amazing choice of freelancers from around the world some of which are not on Upwork.
- Malt: Why? Great if you are in the US, France or Spain for finding a better quality of freelancer.
- Gumtree: Why? You can find good talent local to you!
WordPress web design company
The following resources I can personally recommend to you to find a WordPress theme because of the good experience I have had in using them:
- ThemeForest from Envato Market: Why? It is the no. 1 place to find themes for WordPress, even surpassing WordPress’s own Theme Directory.
- WordPress Themes directory: Why? Well it is the official WordPress resource for themes, and I would recommend if you are looking for a Free theme.
- Google “theme for wordpress”: Why? Surprisingly the best way to find a new theme if 1 & 2 above do not work for you because there is no one overarching resource which comprises all themes.
ThemeForest from Envato Market contains over 11,000 themes (as of January 2019), all of which you need to pay for.
The following resources I can personally recommend to you to find a WordPress plugin because they are quite simply THE places to go to:
- WordPress Plugins directory: Why? It is where you will find 99% of all WordPress plugins available, and it integrates directly into the WordPress Admin.
- Code Canyon from Envato Market: Why? Your 2nd place to look if you do not find exactly what you want from the WordPress Plugins directory.
The WordPress.org Plugins directory contains over 54,000 plugins (as of January 2019), all of which are free (under the GPL license). However, you will often find that to have all the features a plugin offers, you will need to pay to upgrade to a premium/pro version.
Code Canyon from Envato Market contains over 6,800 plugins (as of January 2019), all of which you need to pay for.
Have I convinced you to choose WordPress from your small business or startup website yet?
In Part 1, I told you how quickly you can go-live with a new WordPress website, whether you choose to build your own or to employ a WordPress web design company or freelancer.
In Part 2, I told you how cost effective WordPress is because if you want to build your own WordPress website there is so little to pay for. Or if you want to employ a WordPress web design company or freelancer it is still very affordable.
In Part 3, I told you how it is a better choice to choose WordPress compared to Wix.com or Squarespace because they offer no portability.
In Part 4, I reassured you that WordPress is truly scalable in terms of traffic, with a CDN, and functionality, thanks to a massive choice of plugins and themes.
And here in Part 5, my last part, I have demonstrated to you that with WordPress you have so many choices that you really will be able to build the small business or startup website that you want and need to succeed with your business.
Thank you for following this series. I’ll be producing another series very soon.
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