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WordPress Pros & Cons
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Even if you are not a seasoned Web Designer you have probably heard of WordPress. It is, first and foremost, a Content Management System (CMS) that you can build your website with. It has an integrated designer, so the entire site can be built from within WordPress.

WordPress is a bit of a two-edge sword in the web design world. There are many pros and many cons to using it for your site or your project. There are some projects where it is the perfect tool, whereas many others that it can easily become a nightmare. But lets start with the ""pros"" of WordPress.

Pros of WordPress

It's "free"

I have "free" in quotes because using the basic features of WordPress is free. This is a huge draw to many people, and rightfully so!

Plugins allow incredible extensive functionality!

This is probably the best thing about WordPress in our minds. You can pretty much add almost any functionality you can think of to your site through adding in various plugins. From beautiful photo galleries to complicated booking and appointment features, the possibilities are endless with what you can add to your website! All of these require no coding or development to add into your site so a site can "usually" be developed pretty fast, even with amazing functionality.

Because WordPress is so widely used, it isn't hard to find resources to help you learn how to do things with WordPress or companies/developers to do it for you. Many developers work exclusively with WordPress, and many developers only write plug-ins for WordPress. This helps you to know that you will not only be able to find what you need for your WordPress Site, but WordPress will be around for quite some time and it will continue to be developed well into the future!

Cons of WordPress

It can get incredibly expensive!

Even though WordPress itself is free, plugins that are of good value usually have a fee associated with them. More often than not, this fee is usually a monthly or yearly subscription. This ensures that the plugins get updated and stay in development (which is a great thing), but the costs can add up significantly. Lets say you have a WordPress Site that uses 5 plugins (a Gallery, A Security Plugin, An Designer Plugin, and a Member Forum). If each has a yearly fee of $60, you are looking at $300/year for your WordPress Site - not counting hosting or domain! This can add up. Many WordPress Sites can use 10+ Plugins! Not to mention, for the best "WordPress Site Speed" you would probably want to go with a hosting account that is specially designed for WordPress Sites - these are often much more than standard shared hosting (which will work with WordPress, but might not give you the desired speed), now your overall cost has just increased!

It's popularity attracts security risks!

Since so many people use WordPress for their sites, the nefarious among us who try to hack sites for their own amusement usually target WordPress Sites. Because of this, you will likely want to have a service that monitors and protects your WordPress Site on top of any security plugins. They will fix your site if it is hacked and will also do backups of the site itself. These services range in price (some are monthly, others are yearly). On the low end, you would probably want to figure in $300/year for this service.

WordPress needs constant updates!

Because of the constant development, and especially due to the constant security risks, WordPress is constantly getting updates. This is a good thing, but it does require you to go in and constantly update your site from within WordPress and check to make sure everything is working well. Yes, you can set it to auto-update, but you want to be sure you still take the time to check your site after each update. Why? see the next Con below!

Plugins can break a site!

Another "Pro" can easily turn into a "Con"! The plugins, which are a great strength of WordPress, need to also work with each other and with the version of WordPress you are running. Since each plugin is created by a different developer, you are at their mercy when they get updated and if they will play nicely with all the other plugins you have added to your site. This has the potential for a variety of scenarios that can end up breaking a site (all of these happen more often than you think!):

  • WordPress gets updated, but a plugin doesn't and is no longer compatible with your version of WordPress. Plugin becomes unusable on the site and, in some cases, causes a conflict in the site which causes the site to break.
  • Plugin is incompatible with another Plugin and causes issues that in turn causes functionality to cease or your site to break.
  • Plugin gets abandoned by the developer. There are no more updates and you basically wait for it to stop functioning (which will then trigger the first bullet point).
  • The Theme is updated for your Site Design and you need to now tweak your plugin to work/display properly in the theme.
  • WordPress rolls out a new feature which is no longer compatible with your plugin or how it is structured.

In most of these cases, you might not know the underlying "cause" why your site has broken (no longer displays) or why something isn't working. You usually have to disable your plugins one at a time until you can find the culprit. Once you do, you then have to find a suitable replacement or lose the functionality that the plugin provided.

WordPress can be incredibly confusing to set up/do content updates with

Many people who don't know much about web design figure they will build their own site themselves to save money and decide they will try to do it in WordPress since, "that is what people use". Only then do they realize how confusing and complicated WordPress can be to set up if you are unfamiliar with it.

Even if you have the site developed for you in WordPress, to do content updates to your site can be very confusing. It usually isn't super easy to navigate and update what you want to update, and it is fairly easy to mess things ups. Many people who get frustrated with computer things "give up" on updating their WordPress Sites.

So should I go with WordPress?

This really depends on your project, budget, and mentality. If your project is a pretty standard site with basic-common features, than it probably would be wise to avoid WordPress. There are plenty of other options out there (we usually use a CMS called PowerCMS for our clients that is very user friendly and straight forward - even for those that aren't computer people!). For most of our clients we also hand code the site, instead of using WordPress and a "Theme" for their design. This also gives us maximum control on how the site will look. We also use a variety of modules to add in functionality at a very reasonable one-time cost - which saves a lot of money over custom coding in functionality or using WordPress with plugins that have a monthly or yearly fee.

If you have a more complex project that requires a lot of functionality, it might be cheaper (especially at first) to have your site built in WordPress so you can leverage some amazing plugins and the functionality they offer. This would be a lot cheaper than hiring a developer to create or code in the same type of functionality. Just be prepared for the ongoing costs of updating the plugins!

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Ongoing Support Packages

We know managing and running a website can be a bit overwhelming. While necessary for business, it shouldn't overwhelm your business. Afterall, you are not in the website business! To take some of the pressure off of our customers, we offer a variety of ongoing support packages that will take the pressure off of you from monitoring your site, updating it’s content, and troubleshooting issues that may arise. Plus, all packages come with discounts on design changes and upgrades! Please Note: these packages are completely optional, your site will function if you choose to have ongoing support with us or not!

Peace of Mind Plan: $19.99/month

Our Peace of Mind Package is perfect if you don’t plan on doing a lot of content changes but want to make sure your site is being watched. It includes:

  • Savio Designs Site Monitoring (downtime/SEO/Speed/etc.)
  • Site Audit every three months
  • You can send us content (pics/text) twice a month to update for you (does not rollover)
  • 10% off design changes/upgrades

Pioneer Plan: $34.95/month

Our Pioneer plan is great if you want to have an active web presence. It includes the following:

  • Savio Designs Site Monitoring (downtime/SEO/Speed/etc.)
  • Site Audit every two months
  • You can send us content (pics/text) three times a month to update for you (does not rollover)
  • 10% off design changes/upgrades
  • Word Spinning and SEO updates every other month

Power Plan: $49.95/month

Our Power plan is for those who really want to keep their web presence active and fresh! It includes the following:

  • Savio Designs Site Monitoring (downtime/SEO/Speed/etc.)
  • Site Audit every month
  • You can send us content (pics/text) five times a month to update for you (does not rollover)
  • 15% off design changes/upgrades
  • Word Spinning and SEO updates every month
  • Minor design tweaks done free

Pay annually for any plan and save 5%! Contact us to add a Support Plan to your account today!

Support Ticket

Current Clients, please use this form to create a Support Ticket. Make sure you use the email that is connected to your Savio Designs Client Portal so that the ticket will show up in your Account! We will get back to you as soon as possible! Support Ticket submissions will take priority over email requests, as this allows us to track your support needs!

Remote Support

In many cases we can solve your issues through a phone call and Remotely Connecting to your computer. To request Remote Support, please contact us. In order for us to remotely connect to your computer, please enter the code we give you below and click "join", then download and run the remote tool (the files downloaded will automatically be deleted once the remote session has ended):

 

Remote Support Fee is $65/hour rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes.

In-Home Support

On rare occasions we offer In-Home Support where we will come out to you and help you in person. For In-Home Support appointments, please contact us.

Rates for In-Home Support are $75/hour rounded to the nearest 15 minutes + $30 travel fee. Must be within 10 miles of zip code 91304 otherwise additional travel charges would be incurred!

Computer/Laptop Repair & Upgrades

Are you having issues with your computer or laptop? Did you crack your screen and need it repaired? Do you want to upgrade your computer with more RAM, a new Hard Drive, or other components? Savio Designs can help! We can diagnose, fix, and upgrade most PC needs and we can repair screens on both PCs and Mac Laptops! We can either come to you or you can drop your computer off to us in West Hills, CA for us to work on! Contact us with your needs so we can help you out!