Why Use WordPress
Why use WordPress? WordPress has been around for nearly 14 years now. In that time it has become the #1 content management system, or CMS.
Most Popular CMS
One of the best reasons to use WordPress is that it is by far the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS). WordPress has 58% of the current CMS market share, or 20.5 million active websites (websitesetup.org, 2016). That is an incredible achievement for a platform that is nearly 14 years old.
The advantages of having so many websites built on just one CMS platform are many. Such as reducing staff training. As WordPress is so popular there are a huge number of developers who regularly working on it. Also giving the person looking to have a website built confidence that the platform isn’t going to go away anytime soon.
It is Expandable
WordPress currently has 44,225 plugins available (managewp.com, 2016). This mean that the possibilities for your website are almost endless. Want a booking system? There are numerous booking system plugins available. Want eCommerce? WordPress has one of the most popular eCommerce platforms called WooCommerce and this powers 26% of all eCommerce websites and is the #1 platform by popularity (aheadworks.com, 2015).
As well has been hugely expandable using plugins, there are thousands and thousands of pre-built themes, many free. WordPress benefits from being Open Source. Essentially, this makes the WordPress platform free, it is kept up to date by 449 passionate programmers who bring out a major new version on average every 152 days. There aren’t many platforms that can boast that!
WordPress Is Search Engine Friendly
WordPress is search engine friendly, this is vital these days as there is huge competition to reach the top spot in the search engines. WordPress is built from the ground up to be search engine friendly and you can use several plugins designed specifically to help you, such as Yoast.
WordPress, together with some additional plugins, fulfil some critical on-page optimisation requirements for validation. These include:
- Fast Loading
- Good coding practices with valid HTML 5
- XML Sitemaps
- Image Optimisation
- Integrates Social Media
There are many other ways to ensure your website is search engine friendly, using plugins and using good quality themes is a great way to start with this. Again there are thousands of articles on this subject available, from articles designed for the complete novice to more technical papers.
WordPress is Easy to Use
WordPress is easy to use, if you can use a Word-processor then you will find WordPress fairly straightforward. Like a word-processor, WordPress uses a click and type system. Simply click where you want to add text and/or an image.
Split mainly into either pages or posts (articles for a blog), the basic WordPress platform hasn’t changed much in the 13 years since it was created. There are thousands of articles how to use WordPress together with a similar number of YouTube videos showing you step by step use of the WordPress platform.
Whether you want to create a blog or a full-blown website, WordPress offers you flexibility and an extensive library of plugins and themes to get you started.
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