Reasons to use WordPress

13 Reasons to Use WordPress

Since its birth early in May 2003, WordPress has gone from a simple blogging platform to the worlds best content management system (CMS).

In this article we'll share 13 reasons to use WordPress. And, we'll throw in some mind boggling facts that may convince you WordPress is the CMS for you.

Here's Our 13 Reasons to Use WordPress

1. It's Free

WordPress is free, and it always will be. This means you can download, install and play with WordPress for nothing. You can download WordPress from https://wordpress.org/download/.

All you need to get started with WordPress is an internet connection, hosting and you can begin. Most hosting companies even offer a one click installation solution for WordPress.

2. Easy to Use

WordPress is user-friendly and easy to learn and is used daily by millions of people. You can wrap you head around the basics of WordPress in a matter of minutes.

There are thousands of blogs on the web which create content daily for users looking to learn how to use WordPress. If you're ever stuck, you can be sure a Google search will provide an answer.

3. Easy to Manage

Managing websites powered by WordPress is fun. Updating plugins and themes is a breeze and can be done with a single click from with-in the WordPress dashboard.

There are also some tools available which make managing multiple WordPress websites very easy. For agencies who design and develop websites, this is a huge plus.

4. Safe and Secure

Due to the fact that WordPress is the most popular CMS is the world, it's no surprise that it's a target for hackers. Fortunately, security in WordPress is taken very seriously.

Downloading themes and plugins from trusted sources and keeping WordPress core, themes and plugins up to date is important for keeping WordPress secure.

5. Customisable

WordPress can be heavily customised due to the thousands of plugins and themes available. With a single click of a button you can customise your websites appearance and more.

Depending on the theme you are using you can customise just about any element of a website with WordPress. From page titles to colours schemes and everything between.

6. WordPress Themes

A fantastic reason to use WordPress is the amount of quality WordPress themes available both free and premium. WordPress themes control the look a feel of a WordPress website.

You can be absolutely sure there is a WordPress theme available somewhere for you exact needs. With a few tweaks you can end up with a completely unique website.

7. WordPress Plugins

Another great reason to WordPress is plugins. There are thousands of free and premium plugins available for WordPress. WordPress plugins add additional functionality to a WordPress website.

Whether you want to add social sharing links, or a custom contact form, or even search engine optimisation features, you can be sure WordPress has a plugin to suit your needs.

8. Mobile Friendly

After Google stated it would be giving higher rankings to mobile friendly websites, it's become more important than ever to ensure your website is mobile friendly.

Thankfully, most up to date free and premium WordPress themes are responsive and mobile friendly right out of the box. The WordPress admin is also mobile friendly as standard too.

9. Search Engine Friendly

WordPress is search engine friendly out of the box. Even Google's Matt Cutts says so. He says "WordPress automatically solves to ton of SEO issues".

Then if you want to take SEO even further, the free and amazing Yoast SEO plugin can help you fine tune your on-page SEO efforts. There's also a premium version which helps you further.

10. Amazing Community

WordPress is a community driven project and the community is very active and helpful. There are WordCamps held across the globe all year round if you want to get involved with WordPress.

WordCamps are informal conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They are put together by WordPress users from around the world.

11. Powers Millions of Websites

WordPress powers 31.2% of all websites on the internet (source). According to NetCraft there are over 1.5 billion websites. That means there are 5 millions reasons to use WordPress.

WordPress powers 59.8% of all websites using content management systems. Meaning WordPress is the CMS of choice for the majority of the world. There's plenty of reasons to use WordPress.

12. Hosts Multimedia

WordPress makes it super easy to upload all types of multimedia files. Images, video or audio files can all be uploaded while in the media library screen.

Each multimedia type has attachment detail settings which can be really handy for SEO. For example, in the image attachment detail you can add alt text, which is crucial for SEO.

13. Constantly Improving

WordPress is now 15 years old and it's constantly getting better, each release is a improvement on the last. The soon to be released WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg proves this.

WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg is sure to change the WordPress editing experience for ever. This a brave change and it proves WordPress strives to be the best and are not afraid to adapt.

Conclusion

There are many more reasons to use WordPress, we've just gone over 13 which really stand out for us.

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Paul is the Founder and Managing Director of Create and Click, an affordable small business web design company based in Hertfordshire, England.