Why WordPress is the Best for Website Design
If you’ve never tried WordPress for your website design, then it’s high time you did.
WordPress is best for blogging and best for website design. In this article I explain why.
Building Your Website – How to Choose Which Option?
You can build a custom website from scratch – if you know code. It will take you some time, however.
You could try a drag-and-drop page builder with templates like Wix, Shopify or Squarespace. You’ll have limited flexibility with these DIY solutions. And if you want extra functions or plugins, it will cost you more.
Start with WordPress
Or….you could simply start with WordPress.
WordPress is a free, open-source content management system (CMS). It’s based on coding languages PHP and MySQL.
WordPress was released in 2003 by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Since then WordPress has gone on to dominate the website design and blogging world.
Why WordPress is The Best
Why WordPress for website design, you might ask? Isn’t a hand-coded site the best?
(*Stats pulled from WordPress Stats: Your Ultimate List of WordPress Statistics that appeared on the codeinwp.blog):
- A third – 33% – of the entire Internet is run by WordPress.
- WordPress powers 14.7% of top 100 websites in the world.
- WordPress is, by far, the world’s largest CMS (Content Management System), with 50-60% of the global CMS market.
- The fastest growing CMS is WordPress, with roughly 500+ new sites being built daily in the top 10 million websites on the web (compared to Shopify’s and Squarespace’s 60-80).
- Around 19,500,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress, including the New York Observer, New York Post, TED, Thought Catalog, Williams, USA Today, CNN, Fortune.com, TIME.com, National Post, Spotify, TechCrunch, CBS Local, NBC and more. WordPress.com gets more unique visitors than Amazon (126 million per month vs. 96 million per month).
6. WordPress is Free
The WordPress platform is free to use and upgrade. I recommend you use a WordPress-approved webhosting company (as I do) like BlueHost (affiliate link). BlueHost has a simple one-click install to help you get your WordPress site up and running.
There are more than 55,000 WordPress ‘plugins’. Plugins offer all types of extra functionality to your WordPress site, such as SEO, contact forms and security. Most of these plugins are free or have free versions.
7. WordPress Is For Everybody
WordPress can be used by tech-savvy developers or newbies. There is a wealth of information, courses and tutorials out there, both free and paid, to help anyone manage and update their WordPress site.
There are also tens of thousands of free and paid WordPress ‘themes’ for you to use. Themes enable users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content. For example, I am a user, life member and affiliate of Elegant Themes, one of the premier paid WordPress themes companies.
WordPress not only is the best choice for website design and blogging, but it’s incredibly versatile too. For example, you can easily add audio and video to posts and pages.
WordPress can be used by non-profits, businesses and people selling products or services online (e-commerce).
It’s no accident that some of the worlds’ biggest websites, including CNN, CBS New York, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Mercedes-Benz and Vogue all use WordPress.
8. WordPress is Great for SEO
Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is built-in to WordPress. WordPress supports a variety of SEO plug-ins, and enables the publication of regular, relevant content – which Google loves.
More people access the web on mobile devices than on desktop computers. There are many mobile-responsive WordPress themes. If a given theme is not mobile-friendly, WordPress enables developers to change that without ruining the site.
9. WordPress has Loads of Free Tutorials and Articles
WordPress is considered an easy-to-work-with software. Yet, if you are a beginner you might need some help. Or you might be looking for tweaks that do not come naturally even to more advanced users.
Some great free online resources for learing WordPress website design include:
10. Your Security
WordPress is security-conscious. The company behind WordPress, Automattic, employs a large security team dedicated to guarding WordPress against hackers and viruses. There are a variety of plug-ins that also help further protect your WordPress site.
WordPress free, open-source software coded by a bunch of volunteers and some employees. But don’t think that it’s substandard. Far from it.
WordPress meets all guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium, which is an international community that aims to develop across-the-Web standards for coding. WordPress also adheres to best practices as laid out by search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo.
11. WordPress is Accessible
The WordPress community is committed to being as inclusive and accessible as possible. These days, more than ever, it’s important for websites to be accessible to people with disabilities.
All new and updated code released in WordPress must conform with the WordPress Accessibility Coding Standards. The WordPress accessibility coding standards require new or updated code to meet the standards of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 at level AA.
An accessible website is better for people with vision loss, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and people with cognitive or physical difficulties. It also means you’re constructing your website according to approved W3C standards, and ideal for SEO.
You run a risk if you don’t make your website accessible. You risk losing customers, web traffic, reputation, and potentially losing money through expensive (and avoidable) litigation.
WordPress Saves You Time and Money
It’s true that WordPress can save you time and money. Anyone with access to a WordPress site can add blog posts, change text or images, or update plug-ins.
WordPress offers multi-user capability. Larger organizations can enable designated staff members to edit or add to content on a regular basis.
If you’re not using WordPress you’re missing out. WordPress is what I use for all the sites I build.
Email me at email@example.com or contact me online if you’d like to ask me any questions about WordPress and how to get the best out of it.
To your online success,