Does my business need a bespoke WordPress theme?

An example of one of our bespoke WordPress web designs

At EggCup Web Design we aim to build websites to suit most budgets. If you have a limited budget, one of the key price considerations is whether to use a ready-made off-the-shelf theme or opt for a bespoke solution instead. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of commissioning a bespoke WordPress theme.

Is an off-the-shelf WordPress theme best for my business?

WordPress theme: Parabola

It seems like an attractive offer, but as a business owner should you use an off-the-shelf WordPress theme for your company website? Or would you be better off investing in a bespoke theme instead?

How to add a photo gallery in WordPress: a beginners guide

Editing an image gallery in WordPress

Many WordPress website owners don’t realise just how easy it is to add impressive photo galleries to their pages and posts, and some don’t even realise the feature exists at all. This tutorial will walk you through the process of inserting an image gallery into a page or post.

How to secure a WordPress website: a beginners tutorial

Padlock symbolising WordPress security

Read these 10 easy steps to learn how to secure a WordPress website. You’ll only need basic WordPress admin skills to put these simple security measures in place. Do it now, before it’s too late!

Choose the best WordPress plugins for your website

Power plug close-up

In the world of WordPress, being free doesn’t mean it’s rubbish — WordPress itself is free of course! But there are bad plugins out there (some of which aren’t even free!). So how do you choose the best plugins for your website?

How to set up WordPress & configure basic settings: a beginners tutorial

Expanded WordPress settings menu

WordPress is pretty well configured out of the box (especially for SEO), but there are a few settings you should give some attention to if you want to make your WordPress website work harder for you. If you can give a little bit of time to considering these settings carefully, you’ll make your website more appealing to search engines and make it harder for spammers to gain a foothold too.

How to spot spam WordPress comments: a beginners tutorial

Spam spelled out in graffiti on a wall

Writing blog posts for your business is a brilliant way of building a conversation around your brand. But not all comments are created equal; if you publish spam comments on your website you’ll be sending out a signal to other spammers that you are a soft target. Worse than this, you might even find your site being downrated by Google too. Read this tutorial to learn how to spot spammy comments.

Optimising images for the web

Modern Spiral Eggcup, with egg

Images are a great thing to add to your website. They add colour, catch the eye, and help to break up long blocks of text. But the first rule of using images on the web effectively is to use them sparingly. The second rule is to make sure they’re as small (in terms of file size) as possible. Read this tutorial to learn more about optimising images for the web.

Use your website to build a mailing list: a beginners tutorial

British Edwardian Postbox -- how many people are on your mailing list?

If you aren’t currently using your website to build a mailing list, you really are missing a trick. At EggCup Web Design we understand the power of social media and use it everyday to build relationships with new clients. But despite what the doomsayers might say, email definitely isn’t dead.

How to increase Twitter followers: be a good egg

A hand-drawn Twitter 'bird' logo

How do you increase Twitter followers? Be a good egg and build strong relationships with your target audience. Also, get to know your bad habits and try not to do these things…