First the facts- WordPress is, by far, the most popular open source Content Management System (CMS) on the planet. It is used by an estimated 75 million websites. It currently accounts for over a quarter of all websites. WOW.
That being said, it’s easy to question if being popular is a good reason for choosing WordPress in the first place and you’re right to question whether 75 million websites can be wrong, especially with seemingly easier options out there such as Wix™, Squarespace™, Weebly™ and host of other “easy web builders”.
WordPress’s popularity is due to its affordability as well as it being powerful enough to add on customizations as your website needs develop. Its features are so straightforward and flexible that there are very few business or individual requirements it can’t meet.
Let’s dig a bit deeper
- WordPress is open source and free to use (open source… means not only free but open to anyone)
- Specifically, WordPress is free to install, deploy, and upgrade.
- Since it is so popular, many users are already familiar with it, thus your website will require less staff training.
- It is built for anyone. Before it became a popular CMS for website development, it was developed for non-techie bloggers. So, it had to be easy to use, with written and recorded manuals they could easily learn how to use WordPress functions.
- If you do need a developer- you will have no trouble finding WordPress designers and developers on every level.
- WP can be self hosted
- WP is highly customizable for great flexibility which means- it provides a flexible framework, which allows developers and designers to create and modify layouts and application
- WP has lower setup and maintenance costs than other CRM’s. According to most surveys, WordPress incurs fewer customization, setup, and maintenance costs in comparison to other Open Source CMS like Drupal and Joomla.
How about will WP work for me?
What kind of website are you interested in building? Is it for ecommerce, an online calling card or maybe you want to start a network hub? Do you need to sell products, services or ideas? It does not matter WP has a theme that will work. Here is a partial list of the forms WP takes-
- A Blog like TechCrunch and Mashable
- A Video Website like Vimeo or YouTube
- A Service/Appointment Booking Website.
- A Flickr type Photography Website
- An eCommerce website like Alibaba or eBay
- A Directory Website like Yelp or YellowPages
- A OLX Classified Ads Listing Website
- A Membership Website like Udemy.
- A Question Answer Forum like Quora
- A Wiki/KnowledgeBase website.
Every online business needs a website that is easy to use, attractive and cost effective. We are convinced that WordPress offers the most in management, design and scalability. Don’t waste your time or money on anything else. You can take that advice to the bank! If you have any questions or want to comment, please do not hesitate. Our next post will be a deeper look at WordPress vs. other platforms… so, wordpress vs. squarespace, wix, weebly, etc. Please tell us know your thoughts, We are here to learn and share.