As we are advancing through a modern technological era there is a greater demand for effective expression through a written platform. As users of technology, whether experienced or simply new, we always strive for a means of such expression – to get a perspective across, to provide facts: to change the thoughts of those who are interested.
With these demands in mind, many internet users are seeking a platform for this expression and modern blogging websites have become fundamental to satisfying these needs – WordPress, as an example, has garnished it's name with a firm reputation for ease of use. This, to some extent, is very true indeed. Though certain aspects plague what could be a completely efficient tool for website publishing.
Though the topic for this piece revolves around the possibility of expanding the horizons of WordPress, largely through the use of modernised plugins and arrays of themes for designing. The question has arisen countless times and answered equally as much, 'Is it too good to be true?'. The answer is no.
Can a WPMU-Dev Membership Assist Your Site?
So we take on WPMU Dev: and the membership, which seemingly gives you endless freedom of customisation and expression – for a price. So are these claims met to a satisfactory level? Or will you, as the potential customer, be left in the dark and thus questioning the reliability of this membership. To answer this question, perhaps we should delve into the benefits provided by gaining the membership – and from there we can collect the positives and the negatives, and help manifest a conclusion.
The Fundamental Features – Are They Worth It?
So what is offered exactly well let's take a quick peek:
With a membership on WPMU Dev, you will gain 140+ plugins for your WordPress site. You will gain access to 160+ themes, with the added support for those with more experience.
These two points are, largely, the fundamental benefits within the package, along with the added support granted through live Q&A and manuals. So what does this mean for you as a user of WordPress?
You will be given a vast amount of liberty in choosing the appearance of your site with the collection of themes available, while also being able to enhance the functionality of your website through the use of plugins (some notable plugins include 'The new blog templates' and 'Custom press', amongst many more). In contrast, if you are unsure about certain aspects regarding the membership, or WordPress in general, you have firm access to manual support and live help with a professional. This, for newcomers in particular, is immensely important and should naturally entice.
In regards to usability, there is a negative factor, which potential customers should consider. The choice of themes and plugins, though carrying the potential of customisation for a web developer, are not so easily accessible for a beginner. Many of the plugins, though quite helpful by themselves, lack the potential of customisation for those who are not acquainted with web developing or those who are not knowledgeable in coding a website or designing.
Thus this particular limitation is largely a result of technological barriers, which, therefore, may cause difficulties for certain users who are not 'tech' enthusiasts. Users who carry knowledge in web development may therefore be better suited to using the plugins provided by WPMU Dev, due to having experience and knowledge.
Another element, which at this stage may dishearten potential customers, is the fact that the amount of themes is limited. Due to this, many websites may carry a similar appearance to one another. This is largely a result of lack of knowledge regarding customisation options and methods. So it may be said quite frankly – the WPMU Dev membership has the potential to appease and satisfy newcomers into the world of website creation, though users who have no particular inclination towards web development, may not be able to utilise the features of the membership to the full extent.
Despite these technological limitations, this particular membership carries a large amount of potential for business' and website owners alike. Within the membership there are many notable plugins, which provide simplicity for managing a business online. For example, the use of specific plugins such as 'Appointments+': a plugin, which will categorise and manage appointments – can essentially be pivotal to the success of a modern business. This plugin, amidst a category of others, is a testament to providing simplicity for the user.
It is relevant to note that there is in fact future potential for this membership in regards to the implementation of unique plugins. WordPress have brought forward an interesting point regarding the prematurity of the WMBU Dev membership: they have openly affirmed the fact that future updates will be released on a continual basis which may bring forth some excitement. This, in some regard, gives extra value to the membership itself due to the fact that more plugins and extra themes will be released and perhaps even new, unique features.
Notable Plugins within the Membership
One aspect that the team at WordPress perfected was the broad choice of plugins made available for the user: each being effective and unique to the other. So which particular plugins are quintessential to a website owner?
The Appointments+ plugin is incredibly helpful for organising and managing appointments while providing simplicity for both customers of a business and owners.
The WPMU Dev's snapshot plugin is equally as effective. This plugin essentially gives the user piece of mind, knowing that your database is completely safe and stored away if the worst was to happen.
Pricing – Does It Comply with Your Wallet?
Within the phase of the new year, WordPress is propelling its own price cuts for the WPMU Dev membership. The pricing, for the time being, has been lowered quite significantly:
Typically, the pricing for a full membership costs $79. This price, quite fairly, may be viewed as over-priced considering the prematurity of the features.
At the current stage, WordPress are providing an offer for new users, which is expressed as being for a 'limited time'. The total price is slashed down to $39.50: thus much more lenient on the wallet.
The price is therefore acceptable and doesn't place a heavy strain on a potential website owner who, most probably, is already gathering an income through either business or advertising.
Overall, the WPMU Dev membership carries its worth through the broad category of options for themes and plugins with the added support of live Q&A. WordPress has solidified its reputation for ease of use and has marked a phase of originality with the innovative plugins previously mentioned.
The primary negative aspect, which should be emphasised however, is the technological barrier, which may conflict with plugin customisation for a beginner to web development – certain features of WPMU Dev rely upon the web developmental knowledge of the user.
For a newcomer to basic website creation: the WPMU Dev membership will more than satisfy in creating and editing a website layout and structure. The focus on simplicity is a fundamental benefit to any website owner, and WordPress does not fail on this front.
We are excited to partner with WPMU DEV and give away 3 free memberships for our esteemed readers. Read on to find out how you can become one of the winners.
3 X 1 year full memberships total worth $1260 ($410 value per membership).
How to Win?
Please follow the below simple steps in order to be eligible for the contest.
- Submit a comment to this post telling us how you can make use of WPMU Dev.
- Follow @wpmuorg and @onextrapixel on Twitter and include the tweeted link together in your comment.
- Like WPMU DEV and onextrapixel on Facebook.
- You can also follow WPMU DEV on Google+ to double your chance on winning.
This giveaway ends on 28th January 2013. Please use a valid email address when filling out the comment form. Please comment only once.
The winners will be selected at random, contacted by email within 3 business days after the contest is over and announced in this article.
Good luck, everyone!
Here Are The Lucky Winners
We are glad to announce the winners for WPMU DEV giveaway. They are:
- Nachumi Eliyahu
- Kevin Moreau
Congratulations to the winners and do stay tuned for more exciting giveaways!