So you are looking to start your own business, and you don’t want to spend a lot of cash to do it. Is WordPress a viable option for starting your own web design company? I think so, and I will tell you why after the jump.
We can start with the selling points of WordPress, the biggest of which is its price. FREE. That’s a good place to start, right? There are other options out there that are free as well though, Drupal, Joomla! etc. So why would you want to mess around with WordPress? Because not only is WordPress free, its also extremely easy to use, and has a huge community that can help you get started.
In addition to its price and ease of use, your potential clients will like that they can modify their own content without knowing any code. This is a great value, and is a core reason to choose WordPress to get started.
This list goes on for the reasons to use WordPress, security, updates, plugins, and so on. Needless to say, WordPress can do everything the others can, and then some.
Okay, I’ve Got WordPress, Now What?
One of the first things I did when starting my web design business was try to find a way to make building websites easier & faster. It was during my quest to find this that I stumbled upon iThemes. They sell custom templates and layouts for WordPress, and they are easily modified to give you the custom web design feel. Recently they came out with a product called “Builder” (which I will talk about in depth in later posts) that has revolutionized how I build sites. With Builder, you should be able to create a custom website from start to finish in under 4 hours.
Some of you may wonder why I am always talking about iThemes products, and the facts are that they are hands down the best I have used. I have literally built my business using their products, and stand behind them 100%.
What About Hosting?
One of the hardest decisions you will need to make is where to host your sites, and how much to pay for it. I will try to make this choice a little easier by giving you a suggestion.
After going through 2 other hosting solutions, which gave me many headaches, I decided to give HostGator a shot. Without a doubt this has been the single best move I have made as a developer. My site down-times are virtually gone, I can give each client their own cpanel (reseller account), and its easy to manage bandwidth. So stop your search, and go get a HostGator account, I could not recommend them enough!
To sum this all up, lets go through the steps you need to take to get started.
Step 1: Head over to www.wordpress.org and research as much as you can on WordPress.
Step 2: Get an account (reseller) @ www.hostgator.com
Step 3: Purchase the “All Access Theme Pass” from iThemes.
Step 4: ???
Step 5: Profit