When you read this blog, it is obvious that you have heard the name of WordPress. You must be puzzled about what exactly is WordPress and why use it. This blog is an in-depth analysis of the reasons for using WordPress.
What exactly is WordPress?
WordPress started as a simple blogging platform which then developed into a powerful CMS later. WordPress is written in PHP and it uses MySQL as a database. The main purpose of PHP is to write dynamic web applications which is an open source software, so that you can use it to create a beautiful website, blog and complex applications. WordPress includes beautiful design and powerful features of themes and plugins that users can add by themselves and freedom to build anything you want. 41% of the website CMS uses WordPress, from hobby blogs and e-Commerce to the biggest news site online, for example, The New Yorker, BBC America, Sonic Music, MTV News and Facebook Newsroom.
10 good reasons – Why use WordPress ?
1. The software is free and open-source
The open source software allows you to freely use, modify, build and distribute the software freely with zero cost. WordPress is an open source software community project and is free for everyone to download and use it. Thousands of talents have contributed for developing this software from around the globe, and there is a core development team leading the project development, but anyone can provide patches, report bugs, suggest features, etc.
2. It adapts to build any type of website
WordPress is not only used for blogs anymore, it can also be used for building simple to complex websites and web applications. In the past twelve years, those blog and personal website components have not disappeared. They become more refined and mature.
The list of type of website that can build by WordPress CMS:
3. WordPress can run on multiple terminals
In addition to running on PCs, websites built by WordPress can also be run on tablets and smartphones. At present, most WordPress themes are responsive themes. Regardless of whether users access our WordPress site with a PC, tablet or smartphone, they can access and browse normally, and WordPress is also optimized for mobile devices. After you use WordPress to build the site, there is no need to worry about mobile access and optimization.
4. It’s easy to learn and everyone can use it
WordPress is an open source software, and everyone can use it without any pricing and skill level. You can find a module named “Learn” from the website “wordpress.org”. On the “Learn” Page, you can search for a learning resource which is located in the middle of the screen. You are provided Workshop and Lesson Plans to learn how to use it. The Workshop explains the different types of hosting packages that are available for WordPress powered websites, tips about how to choose a suitable hosting package and details the steps involved in considering a hosting package for the website. The workshop also covers several tips and tricks for users and goes into detail about the importance of choosing a good vendor. In the Workshops, you can have a look at the videos which are more clearly than words to show you how to use WordPress. Lesson Plan provides lots of lessons that teach you the details about how to use WordPress. You can find the suitable lessons based on audience and experience level which is shown under the topic name.
5. Has a huge community
The community can be used mainly for two reasons:
When you search online you can find many communities providing support for WordPress bugs and issues. You can learn how to use WordPress and more knowledge or practices of WordPress from other users, communicate with other users about your experience, help other users solve their problems based on your experience and post your problems to ask other users for help.
6. You can scale up and expand your website with themes and plugins
Developers realize the addition of applications through plugins. You can extend your WordPress experience with 58,868 plugins which include four categories: Block-Enabled Plugins, Featured Plugins, Beta Plugins and Popular Plugins. You also can develop plugins by yourself. WordPress has over 8,526 themes to choose from to build a website. A WordPress theme consists of a series of files and style sheets, which work together to generate the appearance and functionality of the WordPress website. Each theme is different, and users can change the appearance of their website at will with these themes.
7. It’s easy to manage
WordPress is not only easy to write and post articles, in fact, it is easier to manage the whole website. WordPress has a built-in software and plugins update management system. You can update plugins and themes from the WordPress management in the admin dashboard. When there is a new version, WordPress will also remind you that you only need to click to update the WordPress and its plugins.
8. SEO Friendly
Most themes are optimized for SEO by default which is conducive to search engines to retrieve and include your website and increase organic online presence. There are more advanced SEO optimization plugins to choose from, just click to install, for example, Yoast SEO, All in One SEO Pack and SEO Framework.
9. Most popular CMS, it’s more than just a blog
WordPress started as a blog, and now its role is not limited to building just a blog site. You can use WordPress to build a website and complex web applications. Among millions of websites, WordPress supports more than 30% of them. More than 500 new sites using WordPress are launched every day, and the number is still increasing. With such a large user base, it is certain that WordPress developers will continue to develop it. This means that choosing this CMS ensures that you can always access, update and add new features more securely.
10. Security wise, it’s safe
Security is a very important issue. It is best to use the latest version to avoid vulnerability attacks at the source. Not only that, you can further improve the security of your website by installing security plugins, such as: “Wordfence Security – Firewall & Malware Scan”, “iThemes Security(formerly Better WP Security)” or “Hide My WP Ghost – Security Plugin”.
Therefore, WordPress is the best CMS to create small to medium sized websites and applications if you have a limited budget and tight deadline. However it is not limited as WordPress can also be used to build top class complex custom e-Commerce and web applications, if you have a highly skilled developer and enough time to build.