Why Use The WordPress Platform?

why-use-wordpressWhen 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:

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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.

It’s Secure

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

Posted By: Justin Wright

This post was published by Justin Wright on September 10th, 2009.

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  1. Adam Pieniazek 10 September 2009 at 10:51 am permalink

    WordPress for sure has the best theming structure of all the CMS packages out there. Would love to see a post about the biggest sites that run WordPress. I’ve seen a few, but haven’t seen many big sites that operate as a true CMS (with forums, job boards, & other community features, ecommerce etc.).

    I know the CNN sites that are run off WordPress are not the main CNN.com site, but just their blogs sites…correct me if I’m wrong!

    • Justin Wright 10 September 2009 at 12:43 pm permalink

      You are correct sir. CNN mainly uses WordPress to run individual blogs, such as the Anderson Cooper 360 one: http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/

      But thanks for the idea. I have a feeling tomorrow’s post is going to be an overview of some of the big websites utilizing WordPress ;)

  2. Jane 11 September 2009 at 3:16 am permalink

    I’m thinking about getting a website setup for my hobby. Is wordpress good for something like this or is it “too much”for something simple like that?

    • Justin Wright 11 September 2009 at 6:17 am permalink

      Hey Jane,

      The nice thing about WordPress is that it’s so flexible. It will only do as much as you want it to do. I think it would work great for you, especially since you can learn how to manage the site yourself and not have to count on a web designer to make changes.

    • Adam Pieniazek 11 September 2009 at 8:48 am permalink

      Jane, WordPress is likely perfect for such a site. It’s on of the easiest CMSs to set up, and it’s super highly supported.

  3. Lee Roberts 21 October 2009 at 6:25 am permalink

    Lately I have been hearing more and more about CMS and the fact that brochure websites are dead, and that content needs to be changed regularly in order to keep a site relevant. Do you think I should consider Word Press as a legitimate choice for my small business website? I do also need to sell services (not products) on my site, and most of the ecommerce companies out there (Amazon, Yahoo) are adept at selling products, not services. Any advice?

    • Justin Wright 21 October 2009 at 12:44 pm permalink

      Hey Lee, I highly recommend WordPress. It works great for things like small businesses, consulting firms, and other things that require services. We use it here on our site to promote our services.

  4. Auggie Turnkey Biz Geek 31 October 2009 at 3:33 pm permalink

    Great Feedback on WordPress, we use it on our site and are now recommending it to our clients.

    The great thing about wordpress is the Newbie can easily change the design of there site with our the cost of a webmaster. easy as upload and click.

    thanks again for the post

  5. Blitz 3 March 2010 at 12:06 am permalink

    New York Times uses WordPress.

  6. Denise 28 June 2011 at 3:50 pm permalink

    Hi, can u use wordpress software on a commercial site? Is it different than the policy they have against commercial use of their own hosting service?

    • Justin Wright 12 September 2011 at 2:11 pm permalink

      Yes, you can use it on a commercial site as well.

  7. Imhelp 6 July 2012 at 1:59 am permalink

    Really interesting points are mentioned in the blog. I myself use wordpress for my site and its really helpful. All you have to do is drag and drop and everything is done. There is plugin for everything and tutorial for every plugin on internet.
    and most important, you do not need any script knowledge.


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