The answer is obvious: because Ken feeds his family and pays his mortgage by doing websites and he specializes – and has for many years – in PHP/MySQL the language of WordPress. Then again there are some actual reasons to have a WordPress site even if you do not ever engage Ken for business. But wait Ken, you said “multiple”. Please explain.
Before we get too far into this let’s briefly explain WordPress. Many years ago I would have clients call me and tell me, “We want a website but we want to be able to update it ourselves.” This was not a problem because I knew Perl and could pretty quickly code a site that let users update the content of their site. They could add and edit text, upload a few pictures and even make a few minor changes to the formatting of the text on their pages. Cost (on average) about $5,000 for a simple website.
Attack of the nOObs
Pretty soon Dreamweaver and FrontPage came along and convinced everyone they could “do their own website” or their son, nephew, neighbor, etc., could do so. This resulted in years of some of the most hideous looking and horribly designed sites around. (Given, in the hands of a skilled craftsman some decent works could be turned out – but not about 95% of them!)
The need for a template driven site with easy add-ons and simple-as-email updates has existed since day one of the web. I created a few for a few people at pretty high costs and even eventually developed a very crude version of a template driven site which allowed for theme updates etcetera by a novice used. Cost was still in the thousands. Many of you or your friends used the sites and they became minimally popular in the real estate net. Still, too expense and not powerful enough.
While it is not the only DIY, theme driven solution on the market it is the simplest to use and most widely supported by developers, WordPress is the choice of solutions for nearly everyone looking to get online at all levels of the game today. WordPress sites, like this one, can be robust, powered by dozens of plug-ins (mini applications) and present everything from online catalogs to real estate listing to video hosting sites and even dating sites. There really is no limit to what a WordPress web site may be used for.
Ken, you’re boring me
Oh, right – the cost? Essentially $0 up to whatever you want to spend. WordPress, the core, has a cost of zero. You may pay for installation, customization, hosting, support and maintenance but you should NEVER pay for WordPress itself. In fact the latest version is always free and you can install it yourself on your own hosting account with most WordPress hosting services like our preferred one.
But why multiple?