I’ve been hating on our company website for a few years now for it’s inflexibility and poor navigation. The design is a hodge podge of too many cooks fraking up the brew (FUGLY)!
The time has come for a redesign with a view to leaving our current Web Developers and their dodgy hosting services. This is good news, as the bespoke Content Management System they built just makes me want to pull my hair out or punch somebody. It’s not fun to say the least. When I’m training people to use the system, I can see their eyes glaze over as they play a silent game of anywhere else but here. Months later I’m re-training them again. The thing is far too complex.
In the past year there have been several proposals written by managers on which way to go. One proposal suggested DotNetNuke at a cost to build of £15,000; another quoted £25,00 for consultation alone with no suggestion of what platform to use.
The problem is the people coming up with the ideas are not backend users. Their interests are only about front end functionality, look and feel and thinking that paying LOTS of money for a website will give you all you need. This is why we are where we are now. What is the point of paying for a system that makes the Administrator’s want to cry?
I have on occasion muttered under my breath about doing better myself and I’m not lying. The four sites that I’ve built for our company using WordPress are better looking and more functional than our expensive thing.
Well, someone has been listening because now, I’ve been asked to build our main company website. ME. I am both excited and nervous. I mean this is THE company website, not a little offshoot. I’ve spent days going through what ifs and doing myself a disservice until I pulled myself up: I got this!
It’s going to be awesome!
Why chose WordPress
I mentioned before that when the time came to change our site I would be recommending WordPress and here’s why:
WordPress started off as a blogging platform but it’s also involved into Content Management System to rival Joomla and Drupal. More and more businesses are building their corporate sites on WordPress.
From a bloggers perspective WordPress is the easiest platform to use out of the box. Its interface is pretty straightforward there’s no need for long tutorials on how to post your first article. From a company perspective because it’s so easy to use the time to train people to use it is cut down.
The thing I personally love about WordPress is the searchable image library. Having spent hours browsing the library on our current CMS just to find one image, being able to search for an image in seconds is an absolute joy.
I also look forward to our company site ranking better in search engines thanks as WordPress is SEO friendly and with the help of the WordPress SEO plugin, I expect Google to finally give our site the respect it deserves.
Our company site needs to be future proof. That means when technology changes the platform we use needs to be able to change with minimal or no cost to meet those changes. As an open source platform, WordPress offers us these benefits.