WordPress is an open-source content management system written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database.
The core functionality of WordPress comes for free but by itself has very limited functionality. Plugins are needed for pretty much everything. For example to duplicate a page or to add a contact form. Some of the plugins are for free but most come with a fee.
The WordPress site owner is also responsible for hosting and regular security updates.
When we use Wordpress for our clients we only choose high quality and secure hosting environments and plugins.
Our preferred hosting suppliers are:
WP Hosting provides secure, scalable and rock solid hosting for your WordPress powered website. Australian servers and Australian support.
WP Engine is the most popular platform for WordPress because of you. From small businesses to creative agencies to enterprise brands, WP Engine is proud to enable the full spectrum of digital experiences on WordPress. Details:wpengine.com
The Software as a Service (SaaS) model as an alternative to WordPress
To guarantee a sustainable setup and economical build we often suggest to use a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform. SaaS is a software distribution model where third party providers host key functionality such CMS, CRM or ECommerce and make them available to website owners via a subscription.
Major benefits are that all the technology and security are handled by the provider. The provider also takes care of system maintenance, functionality upgrades and security updates.
Some of the systems we use are:
Treepl is an all-in-one vision providing, CMS, Wep Apps, eCommerce, CRM, Marketing and much more.
Squarespace is a website building and hosting company which is based in New York City. It provides software as a service for website building and hosting, and allows users to use pre-built website templates and drag-and-drop elements to create and modify webpages.