WordPress: What Are The Benefits?

There are countless benefits of using WordPress over other Content Management Systems. I couldn’t even list them all if I wanted to. Listing a few of them briefly below:

Easy and Intuitive to Use

Using WordPress is very easy and involves a very minimal learning curve for beginners. And if you are a designer or a developer like me, the same holds true for you too. You will be up and running with the necessary skills to service your clients in no time at all. However whilst anyone can get a website up and running with WordPress if you want something amazing, you still have a profession design it for you.

Easy to Setup and Install:

You will be surprised with how easy it is to set it up on your own web server. It usually takes less than 5 minutes to do this. If that is too difficult, you can host it for free with WordPress.org (Although you are limited slightly compared to self-hosted). If either of those aren’t options, then there are countless web hosting companies who will install it for you.

Lightweight and Speedy:

WordPress is lightweight right out of the box. It is approx a 10MB download when you first download it from WordPress.org site. Therefore, it is super quick in terms of uploading it to your server, backing it up, moving from one server to another, it occupies less space. It also means your site should be fairly quick straight off the mark. Obviously this will bulk up as you add content and install plugins, but you have a great fast starting point.

Highly Scalable

With the right hosting infrastructure, resources and expertise you can scale it up to several hundreds and thousands of users at the same time. It is, therefore, no surprise or shock that some of the most used sites like TechCrunch, The New Yorker, Sony Music, BBC America, Bloomberg Professional, and many other significant names use WordPress as their content management system and the base of their website.

WordPress is the Most Used & Popular CMS

When it comes to its popularity, it is number one. There is no argument about it. If someone tells you otherwise, they are lying or they just don’t know what they’re talking about. Today it powers 32% of all sites on the internet. This far exceeds the market share of any other CMS available today.

Easily Add Features and Functionality without Code

WordPress out of the box is pretty basic. It is essentially just a blogging platform. After all, that is what it was born as, a blogging platform. However, it can be easily extended to add more features and functionality. You can do this easily with the help of plugins without knowing how to program or code in PHP, Javascript etc. Plugins are bits of software that someone else has already coded for you that add functionality to WordPress. These can be easily installed on your existing WordPress site to add those additional features and functionality that you require. If you do know your way around PHP and Javascript etc, then with WordPress, the world really is your oyster.

Thriving WordPress Community

Because WordPress is the most used CMS in the world, you have endless resources available, not just from WordPress, but from the community which is made up of its millions of users. If you have a question about it, 99.9% of the time you’ll get your answer.

WordPress is Open-Source

WordPress is open-source, which means that anyone can help develop it and you can have your input on it. This in turn means, development and therefore new great features are constant.

Other Advantages

The other advantages of using WordPress include that it is free software (also for commercial use), easy to find answers to your WordPress questions, lots of themes available that do a lot of the design for you, supports site builders, it is a mature and stable product etc. The list of advantages goes on and on.

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