WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world according to W3techs.com, 21% of all websites running on a CMS platform are using WordPress. Roughly that means every one out of every six websites is using WordPress. That comes out to about 60 million websites and growing!
Compared to other systems, WordPress has an abundance of features that makes it a better choice for all kinds of websites. It doesn’t matter if a website is a small business blog or major corporate websites like, Forbes.com, Washingtonpost.com or CNN.com, all of which use WordPress to run their websites with several million visitors each day.
So why is WordPress so widely used when other CMS systems like Drupal, Joomla, Magento and even Blogger are readily available? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and features that make WordPress the best choice when it comes to building a website.
Putting together a website from scratch can be an overwhelming task especially if you don’t have a background in web development. Sure you could use one of those easy web building templates but the results will be lacking quite a bit when it comes to functionality. The abundance of themes for WordPress means you can find and create a fantastic looking website with a lot of flexibility. You can find very simple themes to those that offer a lot more. Premium themes can give you a high end look and feel without busting your budget.
When you want to make changes to your website, you won’t have to hire someone to make them for you. WordPress themes makes the process easy and painless. You can add images, videos, new content etc easily. Some themes have several different site colors and designs to choose from. So should you decide you want a completely new look, you can make changes using the same theme. Or simply choose a completely new theme. Changing from one look to something completely different can literally takes minutes. Plus any content you add to your site will still be there even if you decide to go with a different theme.
You will also find many WordPress themes are mobile friendly. Thanks to responsive design, many themes will automatically resize whenever someone using a smartphone or tablet visits your website. Your site will look professional and easy to navigate no matter what device a visitor may be using to access your website.
WordPress is very user friendly and has a lot of excellent features built in. For example, you could create a series of blog posts broken up into several parts. Maybe you’re teaching a course on how to do something or maybe you don’t have the time to write as often as you would like. WordPress allows you to write your content and have it post at a future date and time automatically.
Imagine how much time that could save you! That’s just one of dozens of features you can take advantage of.
Plug-ins allow you to add more features and functions to your website quickly and easily. The majority of which work seemlessly with any WordPress theme. Plug-ins can be used to set up an online store, take reservations, appointments, sell advertising space and a very long list of other features. If you’ve ever dreamed of setting up your own membership site for a charity, school or even your business you can do that with WordPress. For the most part, you can find a plug-in for just about anything you could imagine.
The WordPress platform is free to use and can be installed in less than 10 minutes. You don’t have to be a web pro to get your website up and running as its extremely easy to install. Plus most web hosting companies have WordPress already available to you and can help you if you aren’t comfortable setting it up on your own. WordPress.org has a great support forum and documentation if you have questions about something. The WordPress community is huge and you’ll always find someone there to help you out.
Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are a must. With WordPress you can easily integrate your social media accounts with your website. In fact, when you post something new to your website you can also post the same content to your Facebook or just about any other social account you have at the same time.
WordPress is in constant development and new functions and features are constantly being added and improved so you can feel confident you have a platform that won’t disappear!