Comments on: Building Your Freelance Business Around WordPress Articles and Resources for Web Designers Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:54:12 +0000 hourly 1 By: Emily Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:36:31 +0000 Brian, great overview of the many uses of WordPress!!

I have been using WordPress for a little over 3 years now for work & personal use, but lately have been thinking about the idea of doing freelance work for personal WordPress sites. For those of you who have done this in the past, can anyone offer advice for pricing as well as how you handle registering domains and hosting? Do you host sites yourself, have the client sign-up and then send you the hosting information, etc??

Any advice for setting up your own freelance business would be helpful! Thanks!

By: Toma Fri, 27 May 2011 12:16:04 +0000 I couldn’t agree more. I too have taken on WordPress as the foundation of my design business. It allows me to quickly and affordably build beautiful websites. This is great for clients because it’s cost effective and the upkeep is transferrable, but it’s also great for the web because it really does beautify it. It’s damn near impossible to build an ugly website from a beautiful premium template.

By: Richard Fri, 13 May 2011 11:21:02 +0000 I have been aware of WordPress for about 2 years now (my own authored WP theme -anIMass- in WP theme directory). There is quite a difference between a blogging and corporate/business WP theme and there is a lack (imho) of decent articles/tutorials on using WP as a business CMS. Static front pages/custom page templates/css styles etc etc- a lot to be given in depth consideration. Historically of course WP was originally developed as a blogging CMS and has expanded considerably.

Goodluck to all WordPress users and I shall continue to keep learning WP across all capabilities (inc.. business themes).
Best wishes

By: Kevin Leary Sun, 24 Apr 2011 22:18:46 +0000 Thanks for the great article Brian!

I thought I would share a few thoughts on my personal experience as a WordPress freelance specialist. For over 3 years I’ve been a web design and development freelancer specializing in customized WordPress CMS design and development. I highly recommend building a business around WordPress, provided that you understand the benefits and drawbacks of doing so. There is definitely a benefit to experimenting with other systems like Drupal and Silverstripe as it helps keep an open mind.

It’s important to understand the technology behind WordPress to build a skill-set that is bulletproof for the future. If WordPress goes belly up I’m confident that I’ll be able to find other work BECAUSE of what I’ve learned from using WordPress.

During my experience developing plugins and custom themes I’ve become incredibly skilled with Photoshop, CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery and OOP PHP programming. All of these skills will translate into other areas in the future if things change. For that reason, I’m not worried about specializing in a single platform.