WordPress.com announced its website building service. The service, launched in beta in the fall of 2020, focuses on customers’ needs, whether it is an eCommerce store for their products and/or services, a website for a professional services firm, or an educational website for their online courses.
Reactions are mixed
WordPress.com’s experts will build the website for the customer, with a dedicated engagement manager throughout the entire project, ensuring that the vision is carried through from start to finish. According to the questionnaire posted on WordPress.com, the starting price for the website $4,900.
Automattic has been testing the service since Q4 of 2020. The first reaction of the community is mixed. Some developers see the product as a good new competitor in the market. On the other hand, others perceived it as a threat to WordPress developers, consultants, and agencies.
Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic mentioned, the product is targeted at people who have a difficult time getting started with WordPress.
“I would be extremely surprised if this impacts anyone’s consulting business, if you do have a current or potential client leave for it please let me know — it should be all new-to-WP users who wouldn’t have been successful getting started.”
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