Since I first go myself into this whole blogging thing I’ve taken much more interest in other peoples websites and it really does amaze me how many are running on WordPress these days. Most are quite obvious due to the fairly standard layout they adopt with the main body of text and the sidebar and footer full of widgets and menu’s etc, plus of course on standard blogs like this one, the way everything is laid out in date order and allocated to a specific category. It’s also quite SEO friendly out of the box, but if you want to take it further, there are again plenty of plugins to help with the SEO of your site.
It seems that a huge number of web designers are also using WordPress themselves, customising the templates, or even designing them completely from scratch, giving the clients the opportunity to add their own posts and pages, without having to get bogged down in technical web design and messing about with navigation and so forth. I love the way it makes having a nice looking website design within the reach of everyone, regardless what their budget is, some web designers are even setting them up for free now too and just charging a monthly fee instead like this one the obvious big benefit being that a new business need not worry about spending thousands with a big design agency to have an online presence. And again, to sing the praises of WordPress it also means that their site is completely scalable should they get bigger and have additional money to spend. In fact, once a site is initially configured and established, all they need do is have a designer develop a template for the site and re-skin it, so minimal cost involved.
Of course many people are going the DIY route these days, so sites like Envato are doing very well, selling a designers pre-made templates, you can see a range of their most popular ones here, unbelievably, some designs are selling so many copies that the designer has literally made over a million dollars now! That’s not to say they just design the template and forget about it, they do keep updating them and have to deal with a lot of support queries, but even so, not a bad way to make a living!
There are loads of tutorials on the web about how to do design, customise WordPress templates and all manner of related topics, all readily available free of charge, so in reality there’s nothing stopping anyone from having a go, who knows, you might just be the next big template to make the developer a million dollars (or ponds if you are in the uk)
Now, while I’m on the topic, yes I know this sites own design is looking a little tired these days, it was set up a good couple of years ago and trends in design have moved on somewhat since then, so perhaps I’ll have a look for a new template for here, they can be free, but you have to pay a little bit for the better designs which don’t have advertising on them, but we are only talking about a few dollars.