In this guide, we’ll work through each of these steps to build a custom website using WordPress and Elementor.
WordPress is a completely free and open-source self-hosted blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. A Content Management System (CMS) is a platform that enables the creation and management of web pages, generally using database tables to store the information, which is then called dynamically through templates and theme files within the CMS
WordPress is an easy and low-cost solution for small businesses, and can even be utilised as an online storefront. Being an open source system, means that it is constantly being tweaked and updated by the WordPress community. The passion and dedication shown by this community since WordPress began in 2003 has created a platform that is now the most widely used CMS software in the world, and as of June 2021, it powers more than 40% of the top 10 million websites and has an estimated 64% market share of all websites built using a CMS.
Because it is Open Source, a large number of organizations have built plugins on top of the basic platform which makes it easy for anyone to design a website, create a forum, or even set up an online store, all without writing a single line of code.
With the ever growing success of the WordPress platform, the resources available to any user are just about limitless. To date there are more than 4,000 themes and 50,000 plugins available for free at WordPress.org
With so many options it can be overwhelming to find what to use, but never fear! Having been building website with WordPress since the dot com boom, I have shortlisted the right plugins to solve any business challenge. I’ll whittle the 4,000 themes to choose from down to my top 5, and why they are my go to themes as well! So let’s get started with planning your new website.