5 Good Reasons To Use The WordPress CMS
Thousands of websites around the world use WordPress as the CMS (content management system) of choice, so it would seem logical that we would do the same. But it isn’t just a numbers game – there are a lot of good reasons to choose WordPress above any other platform. Here are just 5 of the reasons why we use WordPress.
1 – It Separates Content and Appearance
In the good old days, websites were coded by hand or put together using tools like Dreamweaver or Frontpage, and the text you saw on the page was hardcoded into the design. Each page was built individually, and if you decided you wanted to change the way the site looked you had to edit and update every page.
WordPress is a content management system and separates the content from the design. In simple terms, this means that the words and pictures that are on your site are kept separate from the layout and color scheme.
If you want to change the way the site looks, you can do it easily. WordPress uses “themes” to define the look of a site, and themes can be downloaded for free, purchased for a more professional option, or custom built by a web design company.
When you need or want to change – you can! All without having to worry about the carefully crafted text content that already exists on your site, as it will simply transfer to your new layout.
2 – It’s Extendable and Extensible
If you want a feature included in your website – perhaps a zooming lightbox image, a map, a calendar, or pretty much anything you can think of – there’s an extension for that.
Thousands of extensions already exist, so if you want to add a sign-up form easily, or completely change the way that WordPress works, there’s a good chance there’s an extension that can do it.
And if not, one could even be written from scratch…
3 – You Can Do Things Your Way
With the customizability of themes and extensions, you can pretty much do whatever you want with a WordPress site. Many see it as a blogging platform, but the core of WordPress itself doesn’t force you down that route.
You certainly can use it for blogging, but you can also use it for any kind of website you can imagine. A corporate homepage, a community site, even a discussion forum – whatever you can think of as a use for a website, WordPress can do it. There are dedicated user-management plugins, e-commerce addons, and the ability to integrate with other sites and platforms.
Whatever you want to do, you can do it with WordPress.
4 – It’s Secure
Because WordPress is a platform to build your website on, you don’t have to worry about the underlying basic code of the website. If you create a website from nothing, you need to be certain that you are aware of security every step of the way.
If you make a mistake or an error of judgment, you could leave your site open to attack by hackers. The WordPress core is constantly updated to protect against potential hacks, and it is as secure as possible.
For any security threat, fixes are made and automatically distributed. This means you can just get on with your business and not have to worry about something going horribly wrong with your website.
Plugins and extensions are available to further enhance the standard security present in every WordPress installation, which makes WordPress one of the most well-maintained and secure platforms available to build a website on top of.
5 – Support is Everywhere
WordPress has been around for well over a decade and has gained many users in the process. For any problem that might be encountered while developing or maintaining a site, there’s a good chance someone has encountered the same thing before.
The WordPress community is exactly what its name suggests – a true community. Support is everywhere from official forums to blog posts on individual users’ sites. This ubiquity of support gives confidence that any site built on WordPress is built to last and won’t fall foul to an unknown error.
As technology and standards have progressed, many older non-WordPress sites have struggled to keep up, and some no longer even work. With regular updates and support in the event of any issues coming up, WordPress sites will keep on working long into the future.
We Choose WordPress
With great ease of use, flexibility, support, and built-in future proofing, we can’t see any better option for building a website than using WordPress. It’s fast, reliable, and can be molded into any shape that is necessary, making it the ideal choice for any web design company that wants to build websites that will stand the test of time.