WordPress is the most used CMS in the World. It’s a great CMS to use when developing a website for a client. It is easy to learn, it’s free and Open-Source. You will have to keep in mind you have a different experience using WordPress then your Client does. We have put together a list with things to keep mind when using WordPress with your clients.
1. Inform the client about the importance of updates.
Having to update your WordPress site to the latest version seems to be just annoying without any reason in the eyes of your client. Inform them about the security risks they take when do not update their software. Don’t wait to the last moment to touch the subject. Give your clients enough time to decide would like to do the updates themselves or have somebody do it for them.
2. Teach how to use WordPress
You can make the greatest Website in the World, but if your client doesn’t know how to use it, he will not think good about it. Don’t think it is just the clients problem. Be prepared to train your client. If you would like to avoid to give a WordPress course every time you develop a WordPress site, simply create a tutorial or find one on the web. If the client does not understand it, be prepared to do your best to help him/her.
3. Don’t use too much plugins
Keep the number of plugins to the bare minimum. The more plugins you use, the bigger the chance something goes wrong when the client updates their WordPress site. Also try to use frequently updated plugins to make sure the plugins are compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
4. Install a Backup Plugin
Avoid painful scenario’s later on by installing a back up plugin. Like updates, it is good to inform your client about this early on. We recommend using WordPress Plugin KDT. If the client does not have a second webhosting account, it can automatically send backups to a Dropbox account or send Backups by email without your client having to do anything.
5. Use an existing WordPress theme if the client is on a tight budget
Not all clients have the budget for custom webdesign. Offer them the option of using an existing WordPress theme. When using an existing WordPress theme it is very important to be open about this, explain to your client what you are offering him. Don’t pretend you have created things which you haven’t. Be honest, your client will be happy you found a solution for his/her tight budget.
What is your advice when using WordPress with clients?