Looking to build a website or a blog?
Heard about WordPress and thinking 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 on using plugins just like iPhone apps.
WordPress is an open source CMS and hundreds of developers from WordPress 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 WordPress 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, 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 59% CMS market share.
WordPress gives you a strong foundation to build, maintain and grow your website. Not only that, WordPress 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 30.7% of all the websites on the internet.
WordPress is the perfect content management system for creating powerful websites or blog for any purpose you can imagine.
If you have an idea of Website or blog in mind, that’s enough to get started. All you need is a domain name, 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 WordPress in minutes. Zac from Bluehost is taking you through 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 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 one of the best investment you’ll do for your website.
The benefits of using a premium themes versus a free theme are many. The most important reason why you shouldn’t use a free WordPress 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 WordPress to build any type of website you can imagine from personal blog to an E-Commerce store.
You can see 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 Yoast WordPress plugin and supercharge your WordPress website SEO really quickly.
You can manage all aspects of your website SEO from optimizing your title tags to managing your XML sitemaps using Yoast WordPress 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 WordPress 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 WordPress website
- many more!
7. WordPress is Responsive
WordPress is responsive out of the box now.
Genesis & most premium WordPress themes are responsive, which means your website will look good all screen sizes.
One of the many benefits of investing in a premium theme 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 following content management task is really easy to do with WordPress.
- Creating a new page or post
- Organising your blog
- How to use headings in your pages
- How to add videos or picture to your content
- Managing your website header, sidebar or footer
- Changing your sit icon or favicon
You must try the WordPress to experience it.
9. Blogging to Your Success
So using WordPress 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 blog is the perfect tool to do that.
That was lots of reasons to use WordPress and these are only the tip of the iceberg to answer your question of why WordPress.
I hope the above points will give you a good idea of why you should prefer WordPress over other CMS or custom build website.
What’s more, I really hope that you see that it doesn’t break your bank. Even, you can create a WordPress website free if you want to.
So why WordPress? Did you get the answer to your question? Will you use WordPress to build your website or blog?
If you are already using WordPress and any benefit of using WordPress that I’ve missed, please tell me about that in the comments below.