Stream News & Views

24 Jul 2020
Continuing Professional Development, why is it so important to your organisation?
15 Jul 2020
Order your towbars online using the new Hayman Reese NZ website
Order your towbars online
23 Jun 2020
Chemfeed rebrand: an opportunity to improve product searching
24 Mar 2020
Covid19 Update - We're open for business
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Stream Interactive Limited has been monitoring developments across the globe and we are acting in a proactive...
03 Mar 2020
Is voice search a thing to consider in my SEO strategy?
Yes.. you bet it is! With smartphones, smart speakers and digital assistants becoming more prevalent, stats show that voice related searching is...
27 Feb 2020
Is Wordpress the right choice for your organisation or business website?
Wordpress is great... well it is but you can be in danger of taking your eye off the ball while you learn how to set it up and keep it running. What...
22 Nov 2019
Better bounce rates
Bounce rate is typically used as a measurement of a websites overall engagement. A high bounce rate could mean that you're not connecting effectively...
15 Nov 2019
World cup game adds magic to successful 2019 tournament
For New Zealanders the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan didn't exactly live up to their expectations with the All Blacks eventually finishing 3rd...
08 Aug 2019
Association membership platform costs, what to look out for?
Looking for a membership management platform can be a daunting task, with a broad variety of providers offering different options in terms of...
06 Aug 2019
Simple and affordable fantasy rugby games for your business
Play a simple 'Pick the Score' fantasy rugby game that your customers, staff and suppliers will love. Make it your own by re-skinning it with your...
01 Aug 2019
Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007
The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act 2007 prohibits the sending of spam with a New Zealand link (i.e. messages sent to, from, or within New...
15 May 2019
Do your SERPs make sense?
Probably the single most important thing that your website must achieve is being found by a search engine, without that your site and content are...
27 Mar 2019
streamSWEET multi site capability a bonus for associations
How good would it be if you could manage your own conference website using the same CMS tools as your main site, and connect seamlessly to your...
20 Nov 2018
Going for Gold at the Masters Games
Recently Jim Griffiths (co-director and co-owner of Stream Interactive) competed in the 2018 Pan Pacific Masters Games, playing his favourite sport of...
14 Nov 2018
What is an SPF record, and why should we care?
In an ever increasing technical world "spammers" and "phishers" are looking to pretend to be someone the aren't, for all sorts of reasons. As domain...
29 Aug 2018
Membership application is a breeze
We've created a quick 4 step wizard that makes member applications online a whole lot simpler
27 Aug 2018
Trade show POS app saves time & improves customer experience
A customer had a requirement to sell product at a trade show. We created a point of sale system that allowed them to scan a product supermarket style
25 Aug 2018
Dental EXPO 2018
Dental EXPO is an industry expo showcasing current and emerging industry products, services, technologies and trends.
23 Aug 2018
We've partnered with The Performance Team to improve our performance
Our business is ever evolving and a recent chance meeting with a team performance coach gave rise to a new opportunity to refocus on the way we do...
16 Apr 2018
Your online profile - tips to improve safety
Over time people slowly filter out into the internet a vast amount of information about themselves. The recent Cambridge Analytic/Facebook Scandal...

Is Wordpress the right choice for your organisation or business website?

27 Feb 2020

Wordpress is great...  Well it is but you can be in danger of taking your eye off the ball while you learn how to set it up and keep it running. What happens when the team member in your organisation leaves... OMG mayhem!!

WordPress the undisputed King!

Wordpress is super popular powering over 60 million websites. Written in PHP and MySQL it’s robust and proven, having been around since 2003 when it was first released by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little.

Back in those days, finding a web platform with a decent CMS (Content Management System) for a low set-up cost was near impossible. Stream at the time was using an early version of streamSWEET to do the same thing but we weren’t giving it away for free. We chose to charge a small license fee combined with a hosting fee and still do that to this day.

Is WordPress for you?

Today the picture is quite different from that of 2003.There are dozens of cheap or free systems available, the likes of Wix.com, Squarespace.com, Weebly.com… too many to list! They all do a professional job of creating stylish websites without you needing to learn any programming, these systems also have the advantage of not having to install anything onto a server.

Most web host companies these days will make this step easier for you by having a pre-installed site ready to go. You need to do your research to find a partner that will take care of all the version updates, security, back-ups, even plugin vetting, so that you can spend more time on your website content.

Pros

  • Free Open-Source
  • Highly configurable
  • Fast to deploy
  • Plugins for everything
    (roughly 55,000 and counting)
  • Built for Blogs
  • Supported in over 80 languages
  • Huge community support groups
  • Themes are free or cheap, and are always being updated to the most modern trends
    (Go to ThemeForest to see more than 11,000 examples)
  • Lots of people skilled in using WordPress are available for hire
    (like with most things, finding a good one is not always easy)

Cons

  • You need a server to install and host it on
  • Keeping the updates current can be a big hassle
    (on average major version releases happen every 152 days)
  • 40,000+ plugins is way too many
  • You pay for plugins, these can mount up and add to overall monthly costs
  • Helpdesk can be slow
    (be prepared to use online forums & blogs for support)
  • Bloated code can make it slow
  • Complicated CMS
  • Can be targeted by Malware


Wordpress

Do you really want to be a WordPress Pro?

Running a WordPress site is not for everyone. Be prepared to put in the time and effort to do it well, remember your website is crucial to your online success. If you'd rather concentrate on improving your business operations, increasing sales and profits, leave it to the professionals.

Need help moving from WordPress to a new platform?

We can help you through that journey. Check out this case study where we did just that.


 

WordPress FAQs

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Does Stream develop or support WordPress websites?

No we don't, we build on our own system which is totally different to WordPress.


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I’ve just spent my budget building a new WordPress site. If I get Stream to rebuild my site, can any of it be reused?

If you really like your current design, our design team can convert a lot of the existing ‘look’ over to our system. There may be some compromises but generally we can get most of it working as expected.
To see an example check out this site that we converted.


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What about plugins, can these be used in your system?

No we don’t support WordPress 3rd Party Plugins. We do however have a lot of similar web apps that can do the same job. Like MAIL our email / newsletter product or SHOP for online purchasing. We have useful tools for Blogging, news, galleries etc but unlike WordPress we can actually build anything you want or configure streamSWEET to do almost anything.


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