WE ARE PYTHON – A leading WordPress developer in the UK
WordPress is the world’s most popular Content Management System (CMS) and by a long way. According to web tech survey site w3techs, WordPress runs on 59.5% of all websites that use a CMS and is the backbone of a whopping 32.5% of EVERY SINGLE website that’s currently online.
That means roughly 70,000,000 websites have been built using WordPress.
Some more mind-boggling WordPress stats:
- 117,939,148,357 words were published using WordPress in 2016 alone
- WordPress blogs receive over 400,000,000 unique visitors each month
- And those 400,000,000 unique visitors view over 22,400,000,000 individual pages each month
- WordPress is available in over 50 languages and that number is growing
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What is a WordPress website?
A WordPress website is any website that uses wordpress to manage the content the user sees.
Every website has two sides, the front-end and the back-end.
The front-end is what the user sees, it’s what you are looking at right now.
You have the article, pictures, the menu bar at the top, all of those kinds of things make up the front-end. The front-end should be unique to every website and it’s where you get to design your site so it looks how you like.
It’s also important because it’s the first opportunity you get to show off your brand (logo, colours, font etc…).
In the world of WordPress, the front-end design is known as a Theme.
One of the great things about WordPress is the ability to change themes at the click of a button. Some themes allow you to customise them to a certain degree, others not so much.
There are free themes that come pre-installed with WordPress, and other ‘premium’ themes you have to pay for.
Whilst pre-built premium themes, and sometimes even free themes, can be ok for some people who aren’t really looking to create a strong brand on their site, they aren’t something we suggest for businesses. Many hobbyist bloggers use them, in which case that’s probably fine.
But for businesses looking to establish themselves online and build a brand, pre-built themes (both free and premium) simply aren’t good enough. When it comes to website development, one size doesn’t fit all.
A custom WordPress theme that specifically meets your needs is the way to go, but more on this later.
The back-end is where you actually write your articles, upload your pictures and access many of the site’s functions.
For this reason, the back-end of most WordPress sites looks very similar.
After you’re happy with how the front-end of your site looks, you’ll spend most of your time as a website owner or manager in the back-end adding content.
Once you’ve finished writing your post and it’s ready to be put out there for the world to see, you hit the publish button (as a content writer I can tell you that there is nothing quite as satisfying as re-reading your work one last time and hitting that button).
Anyway, once you press publish WordPress will send your article to the front-end and present it however you set it up to.
Advantages of using WordPress
Here at WE ARE PYTHON, we develop all manner of websites for our clients across the United Kingdom. But for those people who plan to run a content-based site and post regular articles, WordPress is usually the solution we recommend.
There is a long list of reasons why WordPress is such a great CMS but here are just a few:
- It’s flexible and scalable
- Together with a well-coded theme, it’s extremely fast
- Great security
- It’s regularly being updated to fix bugs and improve performance
- Easily allows multiple authors to contribute, each with their own account
- Very user-friendly back-end
- Great for SEO. In other words, Google loves WordPress sites.
- A whole host of freely available plugins makes adding extra functionality easy
- Easy to make responsive sites
- There is a huge WordPress community out there who help each other get the most out of the platform
WordPress development services we offer
Custom WordPress Themes
Custom WordPress theme development is one of our most sought-after services. Most of the time it’s business owners who have tried to create a WordPress website on their own. They have spent £40-£50 on a ‘premium’ theme, or worse still they try to use a free one. After hours and hours of trying to customise it to fit with their brand image, they give up and ask for help.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, the way premium themes are marketed would lead you to believe they can do it all.
Unfortunately, unless you don’t mind trying to make your brand work around your website as opposed to making your website around your brand, you will struggle.
Like I said before, pre-built themes might be ok for casual bloggers, but they aren’t suitable for businesses.
WordPress Plugin Development
With WordPress, you are able to install plugins which provide your website with additional functionality. It’s a simple way of adding things like contact forms, security and firewall protection, caching etc…
Although there are over 43,000 plugins available in the official WordPress repository, sometimes it’s necessary to have custom plugins developed.
It’s impossible to cross-test every plugin with every other plugin. So it’s not uncommon to find that a number of plugins will clash with each other and end up breaking your site. I used this saying before but it’s so relevant I will reiterate it again: When it comes to website development, one size doesn’t fit all.
We can help to develop any plugins that you might need to run a smooth WordPress website.
WordPress eCommerce Development
We can help you develop a stunning eCommerce store from the ground up.
Whether you’re a brick-and-mortar business, or your shop only exists in cyberspace, having an online storefront that is a pleasure for your customers to use is essential. When it comes to eCommerce and WordPress, your best bet is something called WooCommerce.
Think of WooCommerce like an add-0n that allows you to create an online shop on your website.
It seamlessly integrates with WordPress and its user-friendly backend which is why we recommend it. It makes the job of keeping your online store up-to-date with new inventory as easy as checking your email.
You don’t need to be an IT expert to maintain an online shop with WooCommerce, but you do need to be an expert during the initial development.
Customisation of Existing WordPress Themes
For people who already run a WordPress website, a brand new custom design might not be the answer you are looking for. If you are looking to update your existing theme then we can do that too.
Whether it’s a design change or a fundamental re-work of its basic functionality, we can help you create the website you need.
Although it is often better to build a site from the ground up, there may be times when tweaking an existing theme is the most hassle-free and efficient way of dealing with design changes. When you get in touch, we will discuss which path would be best to go down.
You may not be 100% sure what service you need to achieve the goals you have set out in your mind. If you’re not an expert in website development, that’s to be expected. That’s why we are here.
Talking to WordPress experts who do this day in, day out, is the logical first step.
One of our dedicated WordPress developers will guide you through the process of creating a custom WordPress website and put together a development plan that will meet your requirements perfectly.
We have two offices in the United Kingdom, one in Stratford-upon-Avon and the other in London, so we are always available for a consultation. You’ll find our contact details at the bottom of this article.
Examples of WordPress websites we have developed
Over the years, we have worked with some big-name clients to deliver custom WordPress solutions that we are very proud of.
WE ARE PYTHON
First and foremost is our own website. We build the website you are on right now using WordPress. Take a look around to get an idea of what we can do.
The Venturi Group have been voted one of the leading IT recruitment agencies in the UK, USA and Germany. We worked closely with them to develop a sleek and minimalistic website for people seeking employment.
Our objective working with Papillon PR was simple, create an elegant website that embodies their company philosophy.
The website needed to appeal to their sophisticated clientele and be in line with the services they provide, which range from media relations to content creation.
The end result is a stylish website that, since it was launched, has increased conversions and overall brand recognition.
Talk to the top WordPress experts in the UK
If you’re on the hunt for a professional WordPress developer in the UK then get in touch with our team. We will listen to your needs and walk you through the process from start to finish. Web development can be overwhelming, but it won’t be once we simplify the process for you.
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Hi, I’m Charlie, Content Writer and SEO here at WE ARE PYTHON. Over the years I’ve managed a number of successful blogs and helped them grow their traffic by staying a step ahead of the competition when it comes to finding innovative ways to attract organic visitors. Without trying to sound too cliche, I really do have a passion for SEO. Being able to reach people across the globe and help them solve a problem is what drives me to produce the most engaging and helpful content I can. A fun fact about me is that, aside from being an SEO geek, I’m also a qualified scuba diving instructor. So, in my spare time when I’m not behind a computer you’ll often find me underwater somewhere!