WordPress 4.0 and Beyond

It is estimated that the WordPress framework is used in nearly 25% of the top ten million websites in the world. In February of 2014, it was reported that WordPress version 3.8 had been already been download by more than 20 million users. With its plug-in architecture and a popular template system, WordPress has become one of the most popular frameworks for small to medium businesses (SMEs) and specifically for Content Management Systems (CMS) and sites.While the free, professionally designed templates provide a great start for a business site, like most other technology projects, a WordPress project should not be considered a slam-dunk! If a business intends to use a WordPress site to attract and retain customers, it must consider and attend to a CMS WordPress implementation with the same attention to detail as any other technology or software project.

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Within the context of a WordPress CMS project, the business should give more importance to the design and planning phase of the project, than to the development phase.

Smooth execution of CMS project must include:

  1. Identification of appropriate themes, based on requirements
  2. Identification of design variation in the site, e.g., the home page, inner pages, profile page, etc.
  3. Identification of features and their availability through plug-ins, customization within available plug ins, custom plug-in development, etc.
  4. Design and review of each plugin and identification of design variations for different devices
  5. Considerations for rendering, loading, and usability.

It is important that these aspects of functionality be analyzed before using plug-ins or tools in the development phase. Once these steps are completed with satisfactory outcomes, the business can proceed to develop the website for content management.

This careful consideration and analytical process may take some extra time during the design and planning phase and it may add a bit of time to the overall project life cycle. However, the benefit and payback for this process is well worth the effort. Taking the time to address these concerns at the outset will provide numerous advantages, e.g., ease of site maintenance, and ease of WordPress and plug-in updates to ensure that the business is using the latest version with the latest features. This design and planning phase will also ensure that the business will achieve rapid ROI and user adoption and will save precious implementation and training time.

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