WordPress is arguably the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in the world. Stats shows 34% of websites on the internet was built using WordPress. As of today we have over 1.94 billion websites on the internet and over a quarter of them were built using WordPress. Those are some amazing figures, if you ask me.
Despite the efficacy of WordPress, a lot of businesses don’t have websites. Whether it’s for e-commerce or just an online portfolio to showcase what you do, a website is essential.
The most common reason people give for not having a website is that it costs too much. Well, “hello, WordPress” – free to install, cheap to maintain. There are several other reasons you should explore this awesome content management system, and we’ll get to them shortly.
Firstly, what is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source content management system built using PHP and MySQL. It is also the most popular content management system and the simplest way you can build your own website. With it, you can build any type of website – blog, e-commerce, forums, business website, portfolio website, a membership website and even a social network.
Let’s delve into some concrete reasons you should check out WordPress for your next website design project,
The stats are in your favour
There are over 1.94 billion websites on the internet. 34% of those websites are powered by WordPress. The CMS also powers over 14% of the top 10 million websites in the world.
Looking to build a blog? Then, you’d be interested in the fact that blog owners prefer WordPress because of the many features it offers, so much so that 17 blog posts are published every second on WordPress. To buttress this point, some of the world’s biggest brands, including Facebook Newsroom, BBC, New York Times, TechCrunch and over a quarter of websites for the Fortune 500 companies use it.
WordPress’s Awesome Features
1. Easy to learn, customise and manage
One of the main reasons people use WordPress for their website is its simplicity. Basically, you can set up your website without writing a single line of code. Then, there’s a wide selection of themes and an easy-to-use WYSIWYG editor, with which you can add and update content as you wish.
In addition to these, there are over 50,000 plugins in the plugin library. With these, you can enable most of the functionality you may need for your website – everything from regular backups and security to commerce.
2. Cheap to set up
WordPress is relatively cheap to set up, while setting up a custom website for your business costs a fair bit. That’s why small business owners prefer to build their websites using tools like SquareSpace, Joomla and WordPress. Still, you get the same quality as a custom websites and sometimes, even better. The main running costs you will accrue will be your domain name registration and web hosting.
When setting up your website, SEO friendliness is an important thing to factor in. Some content management systems and custom websites might not be too SEO friendly. Don’t worry, that’s not a problem with this CMS.
All in all, WordPress is a great platform to build your website. So if you don’t have a website or you’re thinking of improving your current website, you should really consider it. If you need a hand setting one up, feel free to contact us, your resident WordPress professionals. We’d be more than happy to help.