Let’s start at the basics. So what is a CMS? CMS stands for content management system.
WordPress is available in 55 different languages. Over 50 million comments are posted on WordPress blogs a month and the word “WordPress” is searched roughly 37 million times a month. (For more facts see Peter’s post “10 Surprising Facts Which Shows How Popular WordPress Really Is.” ) WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and there are many positives to choosing it. But why should WordPress be the CMS of your choice?
1. Widely Supported
- Since WordPress is so popular there are plenty of experienced developers all around the world. If you don’t want to manage your site yourself there will be many people out there who can help.
- You are not tied to one specific web developer.
- Using WordPress is a good avenue to use if you want to create a professional website, but aren’t sure about how to build a website.
2. Easy to Use
- WordPress can be downloaded in minutes and is ready to use straightaway.
- Its format is fairly easy to grasp and it is easy to update and manage.
- You can control how complicated and techie you want to make your site behind the scenes. You can get a lot of advanced functions for free or for a small additional cost through plugins.
Whether you want to customise the appearance of the site or customise behind the scenes you can do it. There are tons of themes to choose from and over 38,000, most of which are free or cost very little. There are plugins like Jetpack which means you can monitor site traffic. Akismet filters and blocks spam comments. You can even integrate a CRM like Zoho. Zoho in particular can help manage customer relations in a more efficient way as it amalgamates marketing, customer support, inventory management functions and also sales into one system. SEO plugins like Yoast can also come in handy to help boost site traffic. If you can think of a need then chances are someone’s already made a plugin for it.
4. Open Source
WordPress is free for all users. Since it is open source it means that programmers can easily create new plugins. For the more tech savvy person it allows you to read and edit all the code on your WordPress site, making it even more customisable.
5. Lots of Support and Advice
Since WordPress is so popular there is a large community of people who can offer free support and advice if you want to manage your own site. There are hundreds of forums on the internet and a “WordPress for Dummies” book has even been published.
6. Constantly Evolving
WordPress was founded in 2003 and since then it has constantly been improved. The developers behind WordPress keep tabs on the current trends and are adapting the CMS accordingly. New updates are frequently released and new plugins are being created all the time. One of the biggest recent updates is to the WordPress API which increases the possibilities for what can be done using a WordPress site as Apps can now post and read directly from the WordPress API.
There are so many positives to using WordPress as your CMS of choice. WordPress is so widely supported that if you have any glitches with your site management then there will always be help at your disposal. It lays the path to a fantastic foundation for creating a professional looking site. It is easy to use and if you don’t fancy managing it yourself there are plenty of developers out there who will do it for you. Because it is constantly evolving, WordPress is something you could use for decades to come. If you are looking to start writing a blog, launch a site for your business or just create a site for fun, WordPress is a great CMS to use.