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WordPress is more than a blogging platform. With a framework and a theme, it can become a content management system for most any type of site. Because of that, it’s increasingly being implemented as a way to streamline the process of site administration for site owners and as a way to reduce the costs of site development. There are several ways that WordPress can improve an existing website, and here are top 3 ways to give your WordPress blog a professional look, right after the jump below!
Frameworks and Themes
Frameworks allow just about anybody to control a WordPress site. They simplify the process of making changes to pages, adding content, removing content and performing other tasks. Premium WordPress themes are oftentimes built on frameworks that allow the user to switch between different themes without changing the content of their site. The underlying framework generally includes an options panel where the user can make changes to their site by simply selecting from check boxes, drop-down menus and so forth.
In many cases, WordPress themes can be enhanced with features such as contact forms, galleries, tabbed browsing sections and other elements by using simple technologies such as widgets. Plug-ins provide functionalities, as well. These technologies are designed to be modular, meaning that you simply add them to your WordPress installation and they function as intended. This means that you don’t have to change code to improve your site in the vast majority of cases.
Some businesses that have sites designed by developers that don’t use content management systems end up with what amounts to a series of pages that all have to be updated individually at the source code level. If the site happens to grow a great deal, this can add a tremendous amount of money in development costs to the maintenance and design of the site. Most WordPress themes are scalable. Using page templates, content can be added easily and it will be formatted in a consistent manner compared to the rest of the site.
With WordPress underlying a website, it’s very easy to expand the size and scope of it. It’s also very easy to change navigation between sections, to add and remove features and to add enhancements that are pure eye candy, such as sliders and carousels.
Having a site converted over to a WordPress-based site is generally not as complex as it may seem on the surface. More often than not, it’s only a matter of porting the content over to the WordPress platform and from that point, further changes are vastly streamlined.