When setting out to build a new website for your business or hobby, it can be hard to decide which Content Management System (CMS) is right for you. You will probably come across CMSs and website builders such as Joomla, Drupal, Wix, Squarespace and WordPress in your search for the best solution for your site. And while each of these platforms has its own PROs and CONs, I want to give you 3 reasons to really consider using WordPress for your next project.
Reason 1 to use WordPress: It’s Easy!
WordPress was very obviously designed with end users in mind. The admin area has a very user-friendly user interface (UI) that allows the majority of users to feel quite comfortable using it after only a few hours of tinkering around.
Post and Page editors are nicely spaced out with areas for adding content, images, excerpts and categories and Menus are easy to create using a drag and drop interface. Files, images, themes and plugins can easily be uploaded using a drag and drop interface or using a standard “browse” button.
And if you have any questions about how to do something, you can find a free answer via Google 99.9% of the time – which leads us to Reason #2.
Reason 2 to use WordPress: The WordPress Community
WordPress is easily the most commonly used CMS for websites and has been for a while. That popularity has resulted in a massive community of developers and users, all of whom answer each other’s questions via online forums and blog posts, allowing you to “google” any question you may have about WordPress and almost always find the exact answer you need.
Another benefit of having such a large community is that there are so many professional WordPress developers available. There are always enough qualified developers to go around which is crucial when an emergency comes up and your developer has seemingly fallen off the grid. (Word of Advice: find a developer that won’t disappear on you)
Reason 3 to use WordPress: It’s Extensible
One feature that makes WordPress so powerful is it’s extensibility via Plugins. Plugins allow you to easily extend the functionality of your WordPress site without directly changing core WordPress files or WordPress theme files. This is important because it allows WordPress to remain stable and receive updates as well as any theme you are using, and the end result is that you are able to maintain a more secure website.
The ability to extend the functionality of your website is priceless. You can turn what was a simple blogging website into a complete online store using a plugin such as Woocommerce. You can also find plugins built for a very specific purpose like Subscription Boxer, which is a plugin for building an online subscription business. If you can think of functionality that would make your site better or work the way you want, you can almost guarantee there is a WordPress plugin already built with that functionality.
So there you have it: 3 excellent reasons you should consider using WordPress for your next project. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about WordPress. Just shoot me a message here