October 17th, 2016

wordpress cms works for all size companies

Malaga, Spain - June 30, 2016: WordPress mobile app in a phone screen. Woman holding it in the hand and showing it to the screen. WordPress is a popular CMS to create web sites.

A CMS (content management system) website has become an essential tool in a company’s ongoing marketing initiatives.  Google feeds off and promotes companies and URL’s that upload a nonstop supply of quality content.  

Because of the enormous popularity of WordPress CMS sites by both small business and large corporations alike, and the thousands of plug-ins designed by third party developers, many developers and creative houses (including ours) have chosen to specialize in WordPress design and application for our clients. 

Web developer vs Client updates

CEGEP

B2C

This is a a site we developed to promote courses and content for  Quebec based college, CEGEP.  They are constantly updating their courses and the curriculum. It was imperative they had a site that allowed the flexibility to modify content frequently both for expediency and cost.

There’s a term known as “card based sites”.  This is common for sites with a lot of features which need to be explained.   Here is a typical card based section graphic from the Cegep site.
card-based-design-example

On the site, when you click on “View Program” it takes you into a detail page.  It segments large blocks of information into “eye bites” (visual information the viewer’s brain can easily digest).

Custom Designed Modules

One of the huge selling points of a well designed wordpress development, is the custom designed modules that allow content to be easily updated.  Here are  some snap shots from a site under development.   This client will need the flexibility to adjust pricing and service lists when required.

wordpress module

The pricing page http://tbhemployee.ontrackcommunications.ca/pricing/  has a chart that can easily be

updated through the wordpress module we created in their dashboard.

wordpress module example

On the retail side of things, a B2C company needs to update their content frequently to address seasonal issues.

HOMEBRIDGE

B2C  (currently in development)

homebridge-under-development

Responsive Design

Since Google started giving preference to companies with mobile responsive websites, we have designed all sites to cater to this algorithm requirement.

PAUL MANGION

B2B

mobile-responsive-example-ontrackcommunications

It’s important to note that all responsive code is not created alike. We call it “sloppy code” where type will overlap other type at certain screen sizes.   Proper responsive code has a thought process that goes into it. The developer chooses items to stack on top of each other according to importance and sell priority with no messy type or image overlaps as soon on poorly coded responsive sites.

Responsive websites can be designed as two separate sites.  One for mobile and one for desktop.  We prefer the clean, simplicity of designing a responsive user interface that only requires the user to upload content in one spot, and the code will show and shrink according to the size of the viewing device.

It’s important to consider the costs, over time, of involving a web developer each time you wish to add simple content to your site. Familiarizing yourself with how to add and modify content will create savings, and content that works to your definite advantage over time.  Be sure and choose a web design/developer who includes proper training so you’ll be able to squeeze all the bells and whistles out of your new CMS WordPress platform.

 

About The Author

Tim McLarty owns video & web boutique Ontrack Communications, helping companies tell their stories through broadcast, social media & responsive web. In his spare time he makes short films and dreams of the day when there will be play-off hockey in Toronto.