So, you've got a "second cousin" who is offering to setup a WordPress site for your business for practically nothing? Please read the following before you take the leap and make a possible lethal business decision!
WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal sites are fully functional content-managed websites. With these, you can download files and customize the site to your liking for absolutely free. Free is great, but there are downfalls to going this route.
Your cousin may know how to properly create a website in WordPress and upload the 40,000 +/- files from these providers, BUT is your cousin an experienced PHP programmer who can SECURELY re-program template files so your site looks like you want it to? Most importantly, is your cousin experienced enough to handle a hacker?
Once you have a free WordPress site, you will discover that every couple of weeks or so, you will get a big notice across your site management screen that tells you that you need to upgrade your system, or various plugins that you are using on your system. If handled by an inexperienced programmer, this upgrading process could take upward of an hour, and it could potentially break your website.
So, what will your cousin do when you wake up one morning and your site has been viciously hacked overnight? Is he or she experienced enough to be able to find and close the hole in the programming that the hacker found and exploited? Did he or she have a backup of your files and database so they can be restored? How long will your site be down, and will it even be able to be restored to its original content?
Is your head spinning yet?
These questions showcase the real danger of allowing just anyone to set you up with a WordPress site. You are handing over complete control of your site's security, or lack thereof, to this person.
Let's talk alternatives.
At Byte, our programmers are the only ones who have access to the source code. This makes it exponentially more difficult for hackers to exploit your website. Our proprietary software has successfully protected the websites of our 200+ clients and can do the same for you! Plus, unlike your cousin, we provide ongoing customer service. We're just a call away to answer any of your probing questions.
We’ve also developed our own fully-functional CMS (Content Management System) that is completely and securely housed on our own servers, and no one has access to those server-side programming files but us. Our CMS is available for use in our template sites for a very reasonable price, or we can completely customize the design and functions of it to your liking. The scale between the two is entirely up to you.
These are the standard features of our proprietary CMS:
- Unlimited pages
- In-site blog
- Searchable database (categorize and tag the posts)
- Social media
- Event calendar (subscribe & email options)
- State-of-the-art photo gallery
- Password protection (public pages, or on particular site management pages)
We can go beyond these standard features and create further web applications, e-commerce systems, custom database systems, etc. Just tell us what you want, and we will create it for you.
Best of all, you'll get the best, ongoing customer service possible from a web production company that's been in the business for 22 years!
Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (231) 946-2983. We'll be happy to help you assess and meet all of your website needs.