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- December 19, 2010 at 2:09 AM #43293KaliParticipant
I am needing to build a new website for my husband’s video/photography business. Right now we use WordPress.com and it’s quite boring to tell the truth. I know of easy-to-build and use websites for photography businesses, but what about for video businesses? Something that I can just edit without Dreamweaver or code that looks professional and nice.
I am surprised, Kali, that you find WordPress, with its multitude of 3rd party and other plugins boring. I assume you are referring, however, to the very basic feature set of the initial software download. Thanks to another active member here, Heidi, who will, I’m sure, eventually pipe in, I’ve began researching into using WP to broaden the scope and eCommerce as well as other aspects of my wide-ranging video businesses and branding efforts.
Heidi recently featured a four-part series on WP at my video production and marketing blogsite, E.C. Come, E.C. Go and is also working on a tutorial that holds GREAT promise for those seeking to expand their WP knowledge and application.
Another reason I am surprised is that so many folks I know in the business are utilizing WP and they’re finding ways to conduct many aspects of their business, and creating websites that don’t all scream “I was built by WordPress!” unlike many of the template developing sites out there slamming eyeballs with all that splash page and Flash intro stuff, making the information they’re attempting to provide almost a treasure hunt, like hunting for Easter eggs in software or inside the cases of computers.
On the other hand, although it is limited in ways, but also expandable using 3rd party software, and unfortunately Mac only, I’ve been pleased with the amount of creative application I’ve been able to acquire using iWeb – part of the Apple O.S. set of programs called iLife.
Back to WordPress, I am not at all intimately knowledgeable of the program but have already found plugins that will allow me to establish a forum as I want, continue the blog capabilities beyond WP’s, provide eCommerce abilities and on-site shopping elements, feature video samples and enable a decent live chat environment.
I am NOT a programmer and do not know language beyond a few raid and rip code things I try and experiment with, so WP and iWeb have really helped me keep something decent on the Web for my businesses.
You are right, wordpress.com is boring. One could argue that that is exactly why it is good for business websites. Unless you are a web designer and want to show off your web design prowess, most business websites do better with a clean look and clear, predictable navigation – all aspects that clients appreciate.
WordPress.com was not intended for business websites. As it hosts many people’s blogs, the developers have wisely restricted the number of themes that you can use, and how much you can customise your blog. However, with judicial use of images, video and the sidebar widgets, you can nevertheless make a wordpress.com website quite attractive.
That said, most businesses opt for self-hosted WordPress-based websites as that allows for much more custimization and branding, and additional functionality using plugins (not available in wordpress.com). Before you can effectively use a self-hosted site, you have to accept that there is a ateeplearning curve! The good news is that you don’t have to know everything, you can learn as you go. Good learning resources are http://www.lynda.com and http://www.byobwebsite.com
As half of the internet is controlled by google anyways, Google Sites is an excellent website tool that gives you professional looking websites pretty simply.
First of all it is all internet based and free, so right off the bat it might not give you everything you need. But if you do decide to, all you need to do is get a google email account, build a site by choosing a template, and then make it your own by customizing it.
At the very least it’s worth trying out
Have you tried wix.com?