Why I Use WordPress
When it’s time for a new website, the biggest decision you’ll make is which platform to use. After all, you’ll be stuck with the platform for the life of the website. With such a large number of options available to consumers and developers, many people ask why we use WordPress.
Here are the top 5 reasons why I use WordPress.
WordPress is the most popular CMS (content management system) in the world. According to Forbes Magazine, WordPress is used by nearly 75 million websites on the internet. That’s more than 25% percent of the entire internet.
WordPress is trusted by the most powerful companies and franchises in the world, including Disney, Sony, MTV, New York Times, Star Wars, PlayStation, BBC, Bloomberg News and more.
WordPress is entirely open source. This means the code is free and belongs to you. Other consumer platforms like Wix and Squarespace incur monthly costs and you can’t take your website with you if you leave. WordPress is code that most anyone can work on and it’s portable, so if you want to take your website and move it to a cheaper hosting solution, you’re free to do so.
WordPress is very easy for laypeople to use. This makes a huge difference. Once I finish a website and go live, my clients often like to be able to go in and add text, change pictures around or alter business details. With WordPress, they can easily make these changes themselves and when they run into a challenge, the solution is often just one google search away.
Extensibility refers to the ability to extend the functionality of your website. For instance, you may want to add a contact form, eCommerce shop, or photo gallery to your website. With WordPress, this is a cinch. WordPress has tens of thousands of plugins that extend what you can do with your website and the vast majority are free.
WordPress has been around since 2003. It’s one of the oldest modern CMSs available today. Needless to say, it’s been through the paces and seen countless updates in order to meet the threats of the modern web. This doesn’t mean that WordPress can’t be hacked, but it does mean that there’s plenty of security layers someone will have to get through first. Also, when you’re not being hacked, your site is going to run reliably.
*We provide daily backups in the event that one of our sites are hacked. We can typically restore a site within an hour.
These are my top 5 reasons for using WordPress. I’ve had good experiences with many other platforms, but WordPress is still the best in my opinion. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments or call us if you’re interested in a beautiful, custom site… on WordPress!