If your WordPress website was a car how would it behave and what would it cost? How different would the experience of buying and adding options be? Well quite a lot! The differences are big and have large implications.
For starters, you would buy your WordPress car for Free. Yes the standard version you get for free. And its not sloppy for it has been designed, built and tested by a community of programming enthusiasts and experts who volunteer their time. This standard model car will be white but has all the essentials and a bit more. It will get you to your destination quickly, comfortably and safely (that is, create and adjust post and pages of your site).
The standard version does not come with extras you may have seen elsewhere but you are offered these with plugins and add-ons. These add the extra features, or functionality, to your site. For example if you want a car stereo search for those and install the one you like the sound of. The basic version will be free while the hi-fi ones sell for about $50. The suppliers provide a good description and reasonable support for these free add-ons. More support and features for the paid premium versions.
And why are these add-ons offered for free? Because they can. The free version is like a trial version which allows you to test drive their add-on. Once you have learnt and experienced its features you may well decide to upgrade and buy the premium version. This is where the commercial builder recoups its investment. The free version lets their product to become known to many WordPress users. That is the marketing advantage.
The material resources used to supply any of these ‘parts’ are very low. No metal, coal or petrol is required. Providing a download supply channel via the internet is cheap. So the free version does not cost much to supply. It does take time, sometime lots, for programmers to design and code the add-on. Hence the materials consumed to make the add-on is negligible. Unlike your real automobile car which has much metal and plastic to make, and petrol to transport.
Here are some automobile parts and their WordPress plugin equivalents.
Trims and coloured exterior = Themes
A car alarm = a security plugin
Turbo charge = a cache plugin
Odometer and log book = visitor statistics
Melodic horn = image slider?
Your son’s car = backups
Can you think of some equivalents?
Maintenance is quite different too. Unlike the costly repairs and maintenance of your car, your WordPress site gets updated for free. If the site is badly damaged (hacked or very old) you will probably need to pay someone to rectify.
I hope you enjoyed this article and learnt how different WordPress is to an automobile.
Now go drive your website safely!
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