What is WordPress and why should you consider using it as the Content Management System (CMS) for your next website? In this post, we will explain what WordPress is, and the types of websites one can build with it. We will also list ten excellent reasons why you should use it to build your website. Since its launch in 2003, WordPress grown to power more than 42% of all websites on the internet today. Its primary selling points are that it is free, relatively easy to learn and has a massive community of developers. This community create an almost unlimited supply of plugins and themes that can accomplish almost any design or functionality imaginable. In this post, we will argue that WordPress is the best, user-friendly, cost effective, and secure CMS platform around today.
Today, unlike a few years ago, there are numerous options to pick from if you want to build a website. Platforms such as Microsoft IIS and other CMS solutions like Joomla and Drupal have existed for years. However, we believe that the primary distinguishing factor between WordPress and these other solutions is their community. By this, we mean their support community of creators and developers and their community of users. Like we said earlier, in combination with the WordPress Core development team, literally anything can be designed with WordPress.
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In the next section, we will briefly explain what WordPress is.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) website creation platform. Written in PHP, it is installed on a web server or webhost and allows for management of website content. To put it simply, it is an application that allows one to build websites and publish content online. Released under the GPLv2 license, WordPress is completely free for both personal and commercial use.
Since its release, almost two decades ago, it has evolved to support more full-blown websites like membership and ecommerce websites. It also supports SEO, mobile responsiveness, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Search Engine and Social media integrations.
In recent years, WordPress has effectively addressed issues of security by enabling automatic updates to prevent exploitation of zero-day vulnerabilities.
What type of Websites can WordPress create?
Over the years, WordPress has evolved from a relatively simple blogging platform to one that supports full blown websites. Here are a few examples of the types of websites that can be built with WordPress:
- A blog, Online Magazine, Newspaper or Personal websites.
- Corporate and Business websites.
- E-commerce and Online Store websites.
- Non-for-Profits, NGOs, Community-based and other Religious Websites
- Coupon and Discount Sales Websites.
- Portfolio Websites.
- Educational and Learning Based Websites.
WordPress also has plugins that allow for its admin backend to manage content for iOS and Android Apps and other mobile services.
So, why WordPress? Well, because it offers almost unlimited possibilities on what can be used to create.
Ten Reasons why WordPress is the Right choice for You
On that note, here are ten reasons why WordPress is the right choice for your business or personal website:
- Search Engine Friendly: WordPress supports Search engine optimization and easily integrates with major Search Engines for online optimization.
- Adaptability: Through a practically unlimited supply of free and premium templates and plugins, WordPress allows for easy-to-implement adaptability. Practically any style and functionality can be integrated with a WordPress website with the right theme or plugin.
- Secure and Safe: Like we said earlier, WordPress has taken major steps to ensure the security of its core, plugins, and templates. This includes review of plugin and template codes, automatic updates, and notifications when security updates are needed. Several security, anti-malware and Intrusion Detection System plugins are also available to keep WordPress secure.
- Mobile Friendly: Another reason why WordPress is the right choice for you is its mobile friendliness. Recent updates to the WordPress core now integrate mobile-first features to make websites mobile-ready once it is launched. More robust mobile adjustments can be made with the right themes or templates.
- Easy to Use: This is perhaps the greatest benefit of WordPress. It is easy to use, easy to learn and easy to update. As a matter of fact, entire websites can be built without the need to write or edit code.
- It is Multilingual: WordPress also natively supports multiple languages. In addition, several free and premium plugins allow for translation into other languages at the click of a button.
- Schedule Posts: Another in-built benefit of WordPress is its native support for scheduled posts. This means website updates can be scheduled to automatically load to pre-defined times. This feature means you never have to worry about publishing posts or pages at odd times. Instead, they can simply be scheduled in advance. Plugins for scheduled social media posts are also available.
- Multiuser Capabilities: WordPress User Roles feature options for multiple users with different administrative access levels. This makes it possible to assign different user roles to different people. This feature can be expanded using plugins to create membership-based websites, forums, and paid content websites.
- WordPress is Free: Another reason to use WordPress is that it is completely free for personal and commercial use. As a GPL, open-source software, users have the option to modify its code to suit their unique needs.
- It keeps Improving: Our final reason for why you should use WordPress is that it keeps improving. As with all widely used software, the need for new feature releases, and bug fixes is extremely important. The community of developers at WordPress ensure these regular bug fixes, new features, and improved performance.
What CMS do you use for your personal or business website? Why did you choose it? Also, if you use WordPress, which of its benefits appealed to you the most? Leave us a comment with your thoughts and feedback. We would love to hear from you.
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Today’s Funny Quote
As is our custom, we end today’s post with a funny quote. Our funny quote today is by Bill Watterson, the American Cartoonist. He said:
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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