At 17.2% of all the traffic on the web, WordPress is the most popular blogging platform on the internet. No only does it power the majority of personal blogs and even this site, it also is the engine behind The New York Times, People, CNN and more. Better yet, for the bulk of its users, the system is free. Even better, you don’t have a developer talking you into using Flash!
I’ve often thought it had great potential for restaurant websites, but using the system to display menus could be time-consuming, and the results weren’t too great. Now that has all changed, with the announcement this morning of “WordPress Sites for Restaurants”.
The new templates make it easy to create an entire website with built-in Open Table reservations, simple menus with drag and drop editing, maps, hours, full screen images etc. Even better, the whole site will be mobile ready, so your customers can view all the information while they are on the go. If you have or want a custom url, you can transfer it over for $13 a year.
This sounds like I am pimping for WordPress, but I know how many thousands of dollars are unnecessarily spent on the average restaurant website. For those with basic needs, it’s just not necessary. For a test, I opened a WordPress account and created a restaurant website with all the usual pages including a menu in less than an hour.