Luana Spinetti

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4 Reasons Why I Advise Clients To Use WordPress For A Website Builder

Construction mech More often than not, my web design clients don’t know how to manipulate HTML code.

Nothing wrong with that— once upon a time (back in 2002) I was also a beginner and I used Microsoft FrontPage to create my first website graphically.

Nothing fancy, but it helped get things done.

FrontPage is no more, but other website builders have come up over the last decade.

Weebly is an example most of you will recognize. If you don’t know what is a website builder, you can find a brief overview here.

However, if a client asks me what to use for a website builder, I would say: WordPress.

Why WordPress?

The 4 points below illustrate my views.

1. WordPress widgets and customizations make graphical website building easy

When I design a website for my client I generally configure custom widget that they can rearrange to their liking under the Appearance -> Widget sidebar menu, located inside the WordPress Dashboard.

WordPress themes are also graphically customizable through an header image uploader and a background custom color option. Generally, these options appear under Appearance -> Customize or Appearance -> Theme Options.

Another useful addon is the Microthemer Lite plugin for the visual editing of WordPress themes.

2. The WordPress visual text editor is WYSIWYG and CSS can help

WordPress comes natively with a WYSIWYG editor for posts and pages, but I will make an effort to make it even easier for my client by writing a custom CSS for the text editor that resembles the main WP theme.

Thanks to this CSS, my client can ‘preview’ his post or page as they write it.

3. WordPress Dashboard and basic editing tools are intuitive

It’s easy to navigate the basic WordPress Dashboard, and most plugins come with very visual tools and interfaces these days. You can get a glimpse of what I mean here — some Dashboard plugins are downright easy to use!

4. WordPress basically stays the same

The Weebly interface has changed since I last used it back in 2008. WordPress has also changed, but it is basically the same software with the same structure and the same tools.

This is a plus point for the end user, who doesn’t have to learn how to use an upgraded system from scratch (like Joomla! for example).

These 4 points state the reasons why I advise clients to use WordPress for a website builder. What’s your take on the matter?

Feel free to leave your feedback in comments below.

Image credit (cc) Paul Evans

Partially Closing Business In 2015 – Here’s Why

Shock and AweWhat?! Is Luana closing business this year?!

If you were thinking that when you saw the headline popup, worry not— I’m definitely NOT going to close business! :)

Only partially. And it means what I wrote on the homepage:

NOT accepting new clients between March 2015 and September 2015 due to severe health issues.

In short, because of these health issues, I’m almost unable to work.

I said ‘almost’. It means I can still work, but I can’t clutter my schedule or work full hours.

I can currently work up to 3 hours a day, sometimes 4. Then there days when I just can’t work and I’m bound to bed, and days when I can work 9 hours plus some hobbies because I have so much energy to spend.

This is an erratic time in my life, so I have to cope.

The good news is that I’m under therapy, so this Luana should be a stronger, healthier and more energetic person in September. :)

If you are interested in my services but you hit my website between March and September, you can still email me: I will refer you to a group amazing freelancers in my network, or I will offer you to begin our collaboration in October 2015 if you’re not in a rush.

Thanks for checking in on me!

Image CreditCreative Commons License Pascal

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