10 reasons to choose WordPress
WordPress offers an easy to use, powerful system for putting you in control of your own content.
WordPress began as a blog service in 2003 and has since evolved into a powerful Content Management System (CMS), now supported by 1000’s of web designers and developers around the world. Major corporations and organizations now use WordPress to power their websites (see ‘WordPress Showcase: 20 High Profile Sites Running on WordPress‘
Josh.biz has been designing WordPress powered websites since 2010 and recommends it for all websites where users wish to be able to update their own content and operate a news/blog page. If you’re not sure if a content managed website is right for you, read our FAQ, ‘Do you need a Content Management System (CMS)?‘.
Here are our top ten reasons why WordPress should be your choice too…
1. Update your website yourself
WordPress allows you to update your web page content yourself (text and images). There’s no need to employ a web designer every time you want to update your website. With basic IT skills and a small amount of training, you can do it yourself.
That means no more waiting around for your web designer to update your pages for you.
WordPress allows for multiple users to be set up, permitting different members of staff to update both the website and the blog (with differing permission levels available).
2. Run a blog/news page
Running a ‘blog’ page on your website simply means having a dedicated page where you can publish stories (known as ‘posts’), usually about your business, organisation or industry.
You don’t have to call it a ‘blog’. Some website owners prefer to call it ‘News’ or ‘Updates’. But, essentially, it’s always still a blog.
A blog provides an easy mechanism for you to communicate with your audience, demonstrating your passion for what you do and coaxing users to come back to your website (time and time again).
Search engines love websites which continuously provide fresh new content and that’s exactly what a blog does. Load it with your targeted keywords and formidable SEO benefits are gained.
New publications (both pages and blog posts) are almost instantly notified to Google. Place a new post on your blog page and Google will usually index it within minutes, bringing new visitors to your website within the hour.
If you wish to, interact with your users through comments (with your approval). This adds even more ‘buzz’ to your website…
3. Using WordPress is easy
WordPress makes it very easy to update your web pages and add posts to your blog, using a friendly editor. It’s very similar to basic word processing.
We provide our own support website, wpmadesimple.org – very useful if you forget how to get started!
This means you can focus on writing for your website, not studying tedious code.
Even adding images, videos and PDF documents is made easy.
4. It’s free
WordPress is free to download, use and update. As the WordPress website explains, “WordPress is an open source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it (more than most commercial platforms).
It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 website, without paying anyone a licence fee and providing a number of other important freedoms.”
5. WordPress experts are easy to find
WordPress developers and experts are relatively easy to find.
This brings peace of mind for you, since the technology running your website is not at risk should you part company with your web designer (or should they go out of business). WordPress websites can be easily transferred from one provider to another.
This also means that costs are very competitive.
6. WordPress is robust, fast and reliable
WordPress is used by over 14% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and is the most popular CMS (content management system) on the internet according to BuiltWith.
It is entirely scalable, suitable for small and large projects alike. And, WordPress allows your website to grow with your business.
7. Update your website wherever you are
WordPress websites can be updated from any internet connected computer, tablet, smartphone or similar. So now you can update your website, even when you’re on the move!
8. WordPress gets better all the time…
WordPress continues to evolve. It is constantly updated, bringing new features and making life even easier. Updates are also released to resolve security vulnerabilities which (due to the nature of the internet) are a constant threat.
Our WordPress Maintenance Service (please enquire for further information) takes care of all of this for you. We will ensure your version of WordPress and all integrated technologies are always up to date.
For example: Version 3.1 of WordPress, launched in February 2011, featured the arrival of the Admin bar (pictured below) giving you quick access to common tasks such as editing the page you’re viewing.
9. WordPress websites are searchable
Your visitors can search your entire website for content.
10. Powerful features and plug-ins
The functionality of WordPress can be extended through ‘plug-ins’, even to the degree of permitting WordPress to be used for e-commerce.
- Only employ WordPress if you are committed to regularly updating your pages and/or blog.
- WordPress websites require a greater amount of time and skill to set up when compared to a regular ’static’ website. Some preliminary training is also usually required (with additional costs). This usually increases the design and running fees significantly.
- And, as with most things in life, unless you use the system regularly, you’ll never feel comfortable with it.
WordPress needs your commitment if your website is to succeed.