A very popular web development platform with (almost) unlimited plug-ins …

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WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.  It is a web template system using a template processor, extended and customized by the user with free/low-cost “themes” and “plugins” available at WordPress.org and from numerous 3rd-party developers.  WordPress is currently used in @ 35% of all new websites.

Themes and plug-ins range from basic (mostly free) to very complex (usually for a nominal cost).   My personal rules for evaluating themes and plug-ins I might consider using are:

  • They should have been downloaded and actively installed by a “reasonable” number of users.  This usually tells me that the “world” finds it useful and the vendor is more likely to continue to maintain and enhance it.
  • It shows a “fairly recent” last update and “compatibility” to a recent WordPress release.  This tells me the vendor is still actively maintaining (and possibly enhancing) it, which bodes well for bugs getting fixed in a timely manner.

Themes come with a wide variety of built-in functionality and plug-ins.  Some additional plug-ins you may want to consider includes:

  • TinyMCE Advanced – enables the advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor.  The basic editor in Word Press is just that – BASIC – oriented more to creating simple textual blog entries than to a more graphical web page development.
  • UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin – supports manual & automatic backup to both the local server and one or more cloud locations.  (The free version will probably be all you need)
  • Yoast SEO – Probably the most popular all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.  (The free version will meet most of your needs.)
  • Call Now Button – This plugin places a Call Now button (click-to-call) to the bottom of the screen which is only visible for your mobile visitors.
  • Soloquey Lite – photo slider
  • Mail Poet Newsletter – newsletter creation/management
  • Word Fence – security
  • Fast Secure Contact Form –
  • Disable Comments –
  • The Events Calendar –