Why WordPress is 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.

And a lot of technical know-how.

Want to add extra features like a blog or shopping cart?

Then you’ll want to know about lots of programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.

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. Certainly, they have some beautiful templates. But not nearly as many ‘themes’ or as customisable as WordPress.

And if you want extra functions or plugins, it will cost you more.

In some cases, a lot more.

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Start With WordPress

Or….you could simply start off with WordPress.

WordPress is a free, open-source content management system based on coding languages PHP and MySQL.

WordPress was released in 2003 by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, and has gone on to dominate the website creation and blogging world.

Why WordPress is The Best

Why WordPress, you might ask?

Isn’t a hand-coded site the best?

Consider these stats pulled from an article WordPress Stats: Your Ultimate List of WordPress Statistics that appeared on the codeinwp.blog:

  1. WordPress is used by 42.8% of the top 10 million websites as of October 2021.
  2. WordPress powers 14.7% of top 100 websites in the world.
  3. WordPress is – by far – the world’s largest CMS (Content Management System), with 50-60% of the global CMS market.
  4. WordPress is the fastest growing CMS, 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).
  5. 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

6.  WordPress is Free

The WordPress platform is free to use and upgrade.

If you use a WordPress-approved webhosting company (as I do) like SiteGround or BlueHost (affiliate links), they have a simple one-click install to help you get your WordPress site up and running.

There are more than 58,000 WordPress ‘plugins’ that 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.

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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.

Anyone can learn to 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. 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.

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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 (and paid) online resources for learning WordPress 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.

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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 2.1 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.

12. 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 tom@perrypromotions.com.au if you’d like to ask me any questions about WordPress and how to get the best out of it.

To your online success,

Tom Perry

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