What is WordPress?
WordPress is a content management system used for creating websites and blogs. It is an open source system, meaning that it can be used by anyone, free of charge.
Why Choose WordPress?
WordPress is a very simple system to use, yet it is incredibly powerful. Because 30%+ of all the websites on the internet use WordPress there is a huge amount of software available for it. There are thousands of “plugins” available and many of them are free.
What is Woocommerce?
Woocommerce is an eCommerce content management system plugin for WordPress. This enables your WordPress website to become a fully functional online store.
Why Choose Woocommerce?
Woocommerce is also open source software, allowing anybody to use it to create an online store. Woocommerce is very powerful right out of the box but also has hundreds of free and paid plugins available enabling you to sell anything. All the information and data you upload to your site remains yours and is easily transferable, unlike many other platforms. No monthly fee for using the software.
Are there other CMS platforms?
For a company website or blog, WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms. In the eCommerce sector there are many. There are providers like Shopify or Volution that charge a monthly fee and Magento which is mainly used for very large enterprises. There are also many others like Prestashop, Opencart, Bigcommerce etc.
What is a plugin?
A plugin is software designed to do a specific job. For example, a shipping plugin will help with working out shipping costs. These can be added to a website to make it more functional for the user.
What is a theme?
Most websites require a theme to provide the website with it’s basic design framework. The themes have many variables including colour, style, fonts, page layout and much more. There are many free themes available but usually the really good ones, are paid. A website can be built with a unique custom theme, but this is a really expensive option.
Where is my website?
Websites are hosted on servers located at a data centre. You pay a monthly fee for this service. Fees can range from CA$8 and up, depending on your needs.
How do I use my website?
There are two ways of viewing a website. The “front-end” is the part that everybody sees and the”back-end” is where the website owner can change what people will see when browsing the website, manage orders etc.
Who manages my website?
You can manage the site or you can pay someone to manage it for you.