Why Use The WordPress Platform?
When people hear the term WordPress, they often think of a blog. It’s true that WordPress started out as a blog platform but it has since evolved into a fully capable CMS platform. It’s no longer limited to a specific use.
Matter of fact, it’s now one of the best ways to manage your content. Not only is it FREE, but it’s also simple and easy to use. What more can you ask for?
WordPress is now used by some of the largest companies in the World including CNN and the United States government. It even runs some University websites!
Still not sold? Here’s a few more reasons why we HIGHLY recommend using the WordPress platform:
Did We Mention It’s FREE?
Don’t forget it’s free to use the WordPress platform. So you can put the hammer down and put your piggy-bank back on the shelf.
All you need to get started with WordPress is a domain name and compatible hosting account. If you need help with this, check out our recommended resources or feel free to contact us with any questions.
It’s Open Source
One of the best things about WordPress is the fact that it’s Open Source. In other words, it’s free to use, regardless if you are running a personal website or a commercial one.
Why pay a company for software that isn’t nearly as good? Instead, you can spend your money on a WordPress developer that can help you get your website or blog done the way you want it. From that point on, you can manage it on your own.
It’s Easy To Update
Since WordPress is Open Source, there are constantly new versions available as bugs are reported and fixes are made. That way you always have up to date software that is secure and stable.
Even better, upgrading WordPress is super easy. You can do it with a click of a button which makes staying up to date really easy.
Despite what people may tell you, WordPress is a very secure platform. Almost all WordPress hacking incidents are related to users running older versions or using very simple passwords. If you keep your blog or website up to date, you shouldn’t have any issues with security.
Check out this great article for more information on WordPress security.
It’s User Friendly
Another great thing about WordPress is its ease of use. You don’t have to be an experienced computer expert to understand how to use it. Setting it up is also easy since most web hosts now offer one click installations of WordPress. That way you can spend more time creating content instead of messing around with your server settings.
Once you get WordPress up and running, it’s even easier to learn. Simply poking around the different pages of the dashboard will prove how easy it is to use. You’ll start to understand where everything is and be an expert in no time at all.
Just look how easy it is to create a blog post. Here’s a screenshot of us working on this exact post:
It’s Got Built In User Registration
One feature that is often overlooked with WordPress is the user registration system. You can create user accounts that have different levels of privileges, which makes it a perfect platform to do multi-author publishing.
It’s also super easy to add a new account, just take a look at the screenshot below:
It Uses Themes
When it comes to design, WordPress has it covered. There are literally thousands of WordPress themes available that can be installed in a matter of minutes (if not seconds). There are tons of free themes available, as well as a handful of premium themes that offer more flexibility.
Once a theme is installed, you can simply click activate to instantly change the entire look of your website or blog. Here’s what you’ll see when you have a few themes installed:
If you ever get sick of a theme, you can simply install another one and change it up.
If for some reason you can’t find a theme you like, we can customize one to fit your needs. That way you can get the EXACT design you are looking for.
It Uses Plugins
Plugins help add different functions to your blog that do not come pre-packaged with WordPress. So if you ever run in to something WordPress can’t do, you’ll more than likely be able to find a plugin that does what you are looking for.
Just like themes, WordPress plugins are available all over the web and are super easy to install. With the newest version of WordPress, you can now install plugins with the click of a button. Simply type in a keyword to find a plugin and you will get a list of plugins that match your search.
Here’s an example of a search for a contact form plugin:
It will even give you ratings from other WordPress users, that way you can tell which plugins are the best.
Best of all, most plugins are FREE to use. So you don’t have to get out your wallet every time you want to add a certain function.
It Kills Spam (And Eats It For Dinner)
If you plan to run a blog on WordPress, you might be worried about spam. Luckily, WordPress comes with a built-in spam protection plugin called Akismet. It works like a charm and does exactly what it’s supposed to, block spam!
Here’s the current spam stats for our website:
It automatically marks spam comments and gets rid of them after a certain amount of days. It’s very accurate and makes moderating comments a breeze.
These are just some of the reasons why we HIGHLY recommend using the WordPress platform. If for some reason you still aren’t sure, check out 23 popular websites using WordPress.