Looking to build a website or a blog? Heard about WordPress and thinking about why WordPress? Using WordPress to build your website is one of the best things you can do for your business.
What is WordPress
You can say WordPress is an operating system for websites just like the iOS for iPhone. By using WordPress to build your website means you have a strong base on which you can build using plugins just like iPhone apps.
It is an open-source CMS and hundreds of developers from the said community contributed to making it as it stands now.
In short, you don’t need to invent the wheel again. You should start developing your dream website by installing it without any delay, which will give you a massive heads up.
Once installed, 80% of the website development job is done for most people who are just starting out, the rest you need to customize or improve your website using the powerful plugins (just like apps for iPhone) to fit your business needs.
It’s the perfect content management system for most websites. Proven by the fact that it has a 59% CMS market share.
WordPress gives you a strong foundation to build, maintain and grow your website. Not only that, It is really easy to use for non-coders, people like you and me. We have been using WordPress for over 8 years now to build websites for customers.
WordPress is used by 42.7% of all the websites on the internet.
It is the perfect content management system for creating powerful websites or blogs for any purpose you can imagine.
If you have an idea for a Website or blog in mind, that’s enough to get started. All you need is a domain name, and hosting account, and you will be all set to install WordPress to start publishing your content in minutes.
1. Website Development
WordPress website development is fast, easy, and powerful using free or inexpensive plugins.
You can install it in minutes. Zac from Bluehost is taking you step by step in this quick video tutorial on how to install WordPress. Bluehost is a recommended host if you are just starting out.
2. Choice of Themes
Because of the most popular CMS, choices of free and paid themes are infinite. I recommend the Genesis framework and child theme if your website is important to you.
A great-looking and responsive premium theme like the screenshot below will cost you less than $100 and definitely be one of the best investments you’ll do for your website.
The benefits of using premium themes versus a free theme are many. The most important reason why you shouldn’t use a free theme is its lack of support, documentation, and updates.
3. WordPress Hosting
Hosting providers offer special hosting products particularly to host WordPress websites.
4. Types of Websites
WordPress started as a blogging tool.
Now you can use it to build any type of website you can imagine from a personal blog to an E-Commerce store.
You can see the top 100 brands here, who are using WordPress.
5. Google Loves WordPress
WordPress is one of the best, if not the best content management systems when it comes to SEO. You can install the Yoast WordPress plugin and supercharge your website SEO really quickly.
You can manage all aspects of your website SEO from optimizing your title tags to managing your XML sitemaps using the Yoast plugin.
6. Huge Choice of Plugins
Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress.
The core of WordPress is designed to be lean and lightweight, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins then offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.
You can add almost any required functionality to your website by using plugins.
- Speed up your website with caching plugins
- Set up a membership and/or e-commerce site with WooCommerce
- Yoast SEO, you can manage all your SEO through this plugin
- Contact Form 7 – You don’t need to create your own contact form
- Sucuri. With this, you control the security of your website.
- Backup Buddy to back up your website
- Many more!
WordPress is responsive out of the box now.
Genesis & most premium WordPress themes are responsive, which means your website will look good in all screen sizes.
One of the many benefits of investing in a premium theme is that you don’t need to invest extra time and money to make your website look good on different screen sizes.
8. Content Management
WordPress is super easy to manage your website content. For example, performing the following content management task is really easy:
- Creating a new page or post
- Organizing your blog
- How to use headings in your pages
- How to add videos or pictures to your content
- Managing your website header, sidebar, or footer
- Changing your site icon or favicon
9. Blogging to Your Success
So using it to build your website comes with built-in powerful blog functionality.
SEO has evolved a lot in recent years and it has almost become impossible to gain any search traffic to your website without quality content creation.
Content creation is all about storytelling and a blog is a perfect tool to do that.
Those were a lot of reasons to use WordPress and these are only the tip of the iceberg to answer your question about why WordPress.
I hope the above points will give you a good idea of why you should prefer it over other CMS or custom build websites.
What’s more, I really hope that you see that it doesn’t break your bank. Even, you can create a website for free if you want to.
So why WordPress? Did you get the answer to your question? Will you use it to build your website or blog?
If you are already using it and any benefit of using it I’ve missed, please tell me about that in the comments below.