Is WordPress just for blogging, or can you do more with it? These 5 points will show you why the answer is yes!
Is WordPress just for blogging? I’ve heard this question hundreds of times. Yes, it’s true that back when it was first created, WordPress was designed specifically as a blogging platform—but this definitely isn’t the case nowadays.
Of course, there are some ins and outs to this discussion. While it’s true that WordPress might not have an answer to every web-design conundrum, it’s also true that it can do far more than a lot of people give it credit for.
In this post, we’re going to discuss 5 reasons for why WordPress isn’t just for blogging anymore.
Please keep in mind that every website’s needs are different, and that it is possible that WordPress won’t work for yours. But on the other hand, there are literally thousands of tools that have been created specifically to address different needs within the platform—so the odds that you’ll find a way to make it work for you if you try are pretty good!
You can publish any type of content on a WordPress site
One major reason for why WordPress isn’t just for blogging anymore is because you can publish basically anything on it. You can post images, videos, and text, add captions, display documents, offer downloads, and more.
You can even design a storefront and display images of your products for your customers to see, just like any other e-commerce site would enable you to do.
Being able to publish content like this certainly gives WordPress an edge in the website-design realm—and is a big part of why it’s so popular.
Because professionals are using WordPress to create dynamic, professional websites every day
For anyone concerned with the belief that WordPress is just for blogging, I would definitely recommend a look at the WordPress showcase. Some of the sites that have been created with it are nothing short of amazing—and if those companies and people can do it, so can you!
There are a ton of themes that’ll work well for static content
WordPress themes come in all shapes and sizes—and there are definitely some awesome options out there that don’t require you to have a blog at all.
A quick look at the WordPress Theme Repository will show you that there are more than enough different types of themes to satisfy almost any website need. You can seriously do just about anything with WordPress nowadays—and now, blogging isn’t always a requirement.
The idea that WordPress is just for blogging is seriously outdated
To be completely honest, the idea that WordPress was just for blogging was an old notion even as far back as 2013!
The platform has come such a long way now that it’s almost not even in the same category. Yes, WordPress starting as a blogging platform for hobbyists and amateur writers—but nowadays, even top-level businesses sometimes choose to use WordPress to power their websites.
You can do basically anything with a WordPress site
Whether you want to inform, educate, sell, display, or network, WordPress has the plugins, tools, widgets, and themes to get you started and working. Gone are the days when you had to work everything around a blog. Now, you can choose and customize a theme based on what you actually need your site to do—and then work outward from there.
WordPress is Open Source, requires no licensing fees, can be used for any purpose, can be changed or altered to fit your needs and vision, and can be distributed as needed for any reason. It’s a true free software, but it’s also flexible and contains a wealth of resources to help you make your website as good as it can possibly be!
You may still need to buy a custom theme or a few plugins, but this is a small price to pay for the benefits that you’ll receive in terms of flexibility, ease-of-use, and cost-effectiveness.
Some people say that WordPress works fine if you don’t need your website to be ‘serious’ or ‘professional’, but these are also misconceptions. There are a lot of businesses and entrepreneurs that choose to use WordPress, mainly because it offers so much flexibility and has the potential to be customized to just about any extent.
With this platform, your imagination is truly the limit. If you can dream it, then you can probably (at least for the most part) do it with WordPress.
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