Why WordPress? 5 Reasons to Choose WordPress as your Website’s Content Management System
Whether you’re starting a new website project, or just working on revamping your existing one, chances are you’ve heard of WordPress at some point in the process. As one of the largest Content Management Systems (CMS) out there, WordPress is very widely used and highly recommended by many users. So how do you know if it’s the right solution for you? Here are 5 of the top reasons we recommend WordPress to our clients.
Easy for you to use
While all CMSs aim to make content management easier for users, WordPress has certainly been a forerunner in achieving that goal. The clean, easily navigable UI allows non-technical people to find what they’re looking for, while the WYSIWYG editor and built-in publishing tools make editing content a breeze. With WordPress, you can create a beautiful website without touching a line of code.
On the other hand, WordPress was made to be customized. No one wants their site to look or feel exactly like someone else’s, and even when using a theme, customizing sites in WordPress is well-supported. Its open-source code can be used and adjusted by anyone, which means there are very few limits to what you can achieve with WordPress. Written in PHP, with extensive documentation, it’s easy for developers and new coders to jump in and create a custom website, whether from scratch or from an existing theme.
One element of WordPress that sometimes confuses users is the amount of updates it receives – sometimes it feels like there’s always a notification on your site to update something or other. That’s a good thing! WordPress cares about the security and the experience of its users, and is always working to find and fix bugs or other issues that arise. WordPress is well-supported, both by WordPress itself and by the thousands of developers who use it and share their knowledge online on sites like Stack Overflow. If you’re having an issue with WordPress, chances are someone else has had the same one, and since WordPress is so ubiquitous, it’s not difficult to find a solution to your problem or a developer with the ability to diagnose it. In addition to being well-supported, WordPress is well-documented and very open about providing information on how to use their functions or what the best way to implement their features may be.
Plugins and Themes
Because of the free and open-source nature of WordPress, there are thousands of free and paid plugins and themes that you can use on this platform. With a built-in plugin and theme directory, you can access the tools you need to provide an abundance of additional functionality to your site, again without even needing to know how to code them yourself. Paid themes and plugins can be found externally, on sites like ThemeForest, and typically come with a period of support time and updates to make sure you can hit the ground running with them.
It’s Been Around for Years
Because WordPress has been around for so long (since 2003), it’s built a reputation as a reliable CMS and become ubiquitous in the field of web design. Almost any host you choose will provide you with the option to install WordPress for free, and almost any web developer you meet has some level of experience with it. The accessibility of WordPress support and developers lowers the cost for you, as more complex CMSs are often supported by specialized developers who charge much more for their services. WordPress has become one of the biggest names in websites, and has options to fit the needs of a wide variety of website users and creators.
If you’re still wondering why WordPress might be a good fit for you, or what kinds of websites can be made with it, take a look at our portfolio! We’ve served hundreds of clients using WordPress, and built a variety of custom websites with widely different needs.
Choosing the Right WordPress Template
WordPress has an overwhelming number of themes to choose from. You can spend a couple of weeks just looking though thousands of themes, only to select one and later figure out that it doesn’t work or look the way you want it to. This checklist is for you to not spend so much time on picking a theme.
Make sure the theme is responsive. With people now spending around 69% of their time on mobile just browsing the internet, optimizing for mobile should be your number one priority. In fact, in a study done in 2018, Google says that 61% of people that had trouble getting on a non-mobile friendly website are unlikely to ever return. Google also won’t be sending your traffic to your website.
Make sure the theme is supported by plugins. Sometimes themes don’t come with everything that you want, like a calendar, or even a contact form. This is where plugins come in and save you many hours of hard coding something that might not even work.
Function Over Fashion
Is the theme up to date? There are many beautiful themes to choose from, but if the theme has not been updated in a while, stay away from it. Throughout the year, WordPress is constantly updating. If themes do not keep up with these updates, you’ll end up spending your money on something that doesn’t even work.
Don’t choose a bloated theme. Having cool features on your site might seem like a good idea, but it could eventually hurt your site. It could slow down your site, which lowers your rank on Google, and could potentially cause a security breach since most of the code for these fancy features are found online.
Why Do You Need a Website?
Make sure your theme matches your website’s purpose. People get distracted with the way a theme looks and think of the functionally of the theme after it has been chosen. Every website has a different purpose. It can be for a simple blog or an e-commerce website. You would want a theme that has a good selection of fonts for a blog site. Same with the e-commerce site, you would want a that would make it easier for customers to buy something.
If you need help finding the right WordPress template or want to explore custom web design, please give us a call at +880 9638251799 or contact us online today.