WordPress was first launched in 2003. At that time, it was seen an a fairly simple (yet competent) CMS for blogging purposes. Even as recently as a few years ago, many Web designers still thought of WordPress as a CMS best suited to blogs, and chose the traditional html/php method for websites.But, this is no longer the case. WordPress is capable of acting as the backbone for all kinds of different websites. It’s even used by names as big as CNN, Forbes and Samsung, to name but a few.
10 Reasons that we recommend you consider using WordPress for your website
- Although WordPress has retained ease-of-use (and practically the same “back end” interface) for a number of years, the features list has grown exponentially. Menu configuration and media handling are two good examples of things that have got steadily more powerful with no sacrifice made in usability. Clever enhancements in new versions of WordPress are what has made the platform evolve into a great CMS for all types of websites, and not merely a solid blogging platform.
- With an easy learning curve, creating a new post in WordPress or uploading some images is simplicity itself, to the point that real technophobes can use WordPress without feeling intimidated. At the same time, however, there’s loads of functionality at your fingertips. It’s easy to ignore things you don’t understand, and then gradually learn more and more. By contrast, Joomla and (especially) Drupal, make the basics easy, but then leave you with complex documentation to achieve things that WordPress can do without blinding you with science.
- There are thousands of great WordPress themes available, and many of them are completely free. However, it’s at the premium (commercial) end of the market that things get really interesting. Some of the premium WordPress themes essentially work like Web design construction kits in their own right and give you the ability to create sites that look truly world-class when customised correctly.
- Selling products directly from your WordPress based site, can be handled easily by a range of plugins including the popular WooCommerce.
- There are so many quality plug-ins for WordPress that you’d be hard pressed to think of any functionality you cannot quickly add to a WordPress site. For example, the WP Google maps plugin has a very capable free version, but the paid for version does so much more! Need a calendar plugin to advertise your events? One of the best we’ve found is the All in 1 Event Calendar by Timley. Again the free version is good, but you get so much more functionality with the paid for version
- As WordPress is so popular, work on the platform never stops. Updates for the base platform are regularly released, so it makes for a system that’s constantly evolving and improving, with new functions being added all the time.
- As you would expect from such a popular platform, the support community is active and huge. Aside from the dedicated WordPress support resources, you’ll find an abundance of third-party forums and other options for assistance. If you have any question at all, you can be pretty sure that somebody has already answered it somewhere.
- WordPress is inherently quite SEO-friendly, with features such as the ability to automatically generate search-friendly URLS, but with the addition of a couple of plugins, such as the Google XML Site Map and the All-in-One SEO pack, you can force yourself to maintain good SEO discipline, giving your site the best chance of good search results.
- Social media integration is again made easy, by the use of one of serval plugins that are available, that link to your Facebook/Twitter account.
- WordPress remains the best blogging platform bar none. Its a great choice for a new website and an obvious choice for a new blog.