Be wary of WordPress Web Design Companies if they are not actually website designers…

Since a WordPress website is fairly easy to set up, a whole new breed of “Web Designers” has popped up. these are marketing companies and graphic designers that have discovered that WordPress enables them to make pretty graphics and “design” nice websites.

So what’s the Problem?

The problem with this is that they will design a pretty website for a very reasonable price and up-sell you on their marketing, SEO, graphic design services or whatever their real “gig” is. Designing a WordPress Website requires more than just learning WordPress.  In order have complete control over the design and functionality of the site they would need to know HTML and CSS, and believe me, they are not interested in this or they would have been designing websites from the beginning. When you hire someone to design a WordPress website, ask them if they have ever designed in HTML and ask for links to these sites.  If the answer is “no”, they know just enough about WordPress to be dangerous.  Just like an HTML site, WordPress sometimes crashes or things just don’t work the way they are expected to. These problems can only be fixed by tweaking the HTML and/or CSS code on the back end of the site.

In conclusion . . .

Do your homework on the person who designs your WordPress website. I have taken on many clients who gave up on their self proclaimed “Web Designer” who made a mess of their website and didn’t have the capability to fix it.