How much do I love Showit as a website platform? Let me count the ways. The more I use their app to create websites for my clients, the more I see its potential, not only for photographers, but any business owner looking for a unique and interactive website. WordPress is also a powerful content management system that is truly used to its fullest potential when it comes to blogging.
Two subscription levels from Showit include WordPress blogs and many new subscribers or people wondering if it’s time to switch feel lost or confused on how exactly Showit connects to WordPress. It is more simple than you think!
How does it all work?
When you choose a subscription tier, Showit is there to help you setup your WordPress blog from scratch. Have a blog already? They’ll migrate your posts over so you won’t lose them (make sure to grab the tier 3: advanced blog subscription!) if you’re on WordPress already or Squarespace. WordPress works great with Showit. You don’t need a different domain for your blog, or a plus site/subdomain. You’re able to keep your blog on your site, keeping your SEO and traffic all in one place!
You’ll have two separate accounts, your Showit account and your WordPress account. Your usernames and passwords will match but you’ll work in two different spaces to make your website possible. But it’s so easy to remember which is which and where you need to be to maintain your website.
Where do I design my Showit site and WordPress blog?
You’ll design both in Showit! That’s the first helpful tip to remember: anything design related will always be done in Showit. The only time you’ll need to design in WordPress is if you need an advanced plugin on a page on WordPress. But this is mostly used for things like membership sites and not everyone will be implementing those on their site. So good news, no code!
Keeping your design in one place makes planning your user experience and the flow of your website to boost your conversions that much easier. You don’t need to feel limited by code or plugins to make sure you can have a website designed exactly as you’d like. Showit also provides unique functionality (like canvas views that allow you to add click through information, quizzes, gallery filters, and more!) so once it’s time to design your WordPress blog, you can have the blog of your dreams!
Where do I create blog posts?
Your other space you’ll maintain your website in is your WordPress dashboard. Your blog posts, comments, and SEO will be managed here. Adding posts to WordPress is very simple and maintaining a large amount of posts is made easy with categories and tagging.
WordPress was first and foremost a blogging platform and using Showit for the design is a perfect merging for a modern website that every business owner needs in the current marketplace. Your website is essential with most commerce happening online and the possibility of working with and connecting to people all over the world!
The benefits to this setup
WordPress is open source which is great if you want total freedom to make the platform anything you want. However, be prepared to have a website developer on your team any time you want to make a major change. And what if something goes wrong (like a missed update or clashing plugins)? Be prepared to search forums, and a lot of them. And you may never find the answer! Someone has your problem with your newsletter app, you try the solution, but because you’re using a certain form plugin, it doesn’t work. It can quickly become a headache.
Showit offers support not only for your website, but with your WordPress blog! They are easy to reach, either through the in-app chat, email, or the Facebook User Group where the community and Showit team members help with any questions you may come across.
Blog posts with optimized SEO, but no code
WordPress has basic plugins that can be a huge help when you’re creating posts. My favorite one is definitely Yoast SEO. It’s free and so easy to use. You can optimize every single post to its fullest potential so you rank better on Google and it’s easier to find your post when someone needs the answer you’ve provided!
With Showit handling the design, most of your frequent maintenance will be within WordPress and you’ll know if you need to update pricing or add a new gallery to your portfolio, Showit is where you’d go.
Showit recently made this handy video breaking it all down.
With the ability to build in Showit but use WordPress, the possibilities are endless. Are you currently on WordPress? Maybe it’s time to give Showit a try so you can maintain your website yourself!