3 No-Argument Reasons to Use WordPress
That’s right. We said it. We’re going to give you three reasons WordPress is a great platform to build your website, and we’re not going to argue with you about it. Nope. Don’t even try. Besides, once you read these reasons, you won’t be able to argue anyway. You’ll be too busy setting up your WordPress website. Don’t believe us? Check it out.
It’s Great for Beginners
Never built a website before in your life? Normally, that might be an intimidating proposition. Well, it would be if you had to start from scratch and hand-code everything like it was 1995. But thanks to WordPress, anyone can build a website in a matter of hours. And not some amateur-looking site, either, but a professional, functional, and beautiful website.
WordPress offers a very user-friendly interface. Instructions are clear, and much of the back end setup relies on simply filling in fields with the appropriate information. In addition to all that easy setup, actually entering posts is even easier. If you have a little more experience, you can use the text editor, which will accommodate HTML formatting. But if you’re truly a beginner, you can opt for the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor, and still create a professional-looking post without having to learn any code.
Not only that, but it’s easy to make your site look like a professional designer had a hand in creating it simply by choosing one of the thousands of themes—whether free or premium—available to you from too many sources to count.
Add some more aesthetic touches and functionalities with a handful of plugins, and voilà! You have a fantastic WordPress website without having to become a developer or programmer.
It’s Much More Than a Place to Blog
Released to the world in 2003, WordPress has grown from a simple blogging platform to a robust and powerful content management system (CMS). If you’ve avoided using WordPress because you thought it was for simple blogs and couldn’t handle more complex design, you’ve been missing out.
Some of the largest and most popular sites on the Web use WordPress. A few prime examples:
The Ford Social site is how the car manufacturer connects with its customers and potential customers. It’s mostly a user-generated content site, which means it needs to be flexible, and easy for anyone to use. They’ve accomplished that with WordPress.
Founded in 1831, Harvey Nichols is a luxury department store based in London. If WordPress is good enough for a 183-year-old brand, it’s good enough for your food blog, right?
Mashable accommodates roughly 34 million unique visitors per month, and seems to do so flawlessly. How? WordPress. And probably a really, really good hosting plan with lots of bandwidth.
That’s right, the very blog you’re reading right now is built on WordPress. We practice what we preach around here, for one thing. But with as much as WordPress has to offer, we wouldn’t choose any other platform for WhoIsHostingThis.com. It’s served us very well for many years now, and will continue to do so in 2014 and beyond.
We’re not talking about WordPress.com hosting, which is always free. Whether you set up your site using WordPress.com (free hosting), or WordPress.org (requires paid hosting), WordPress itself is free to use. If you set up paid hosting, which will give you more options and more control over your site, as long as you choose a host that offers and supports WordPress, installing the CMS is as simple as clicking a button.
Regardless of which hosting option you choose, you won’t encounter any extra fees to use the WordPress CMS. In fact, you get access to so much more with WordPress on a self-hosted site—more theme options, more plugins, and as we said, more control, which translates to more peace of mind.
Now let’s hear it. Why did you build your site on WordPress? Share with us in the comments!