WordPress: Why use it?

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WordPress: Why use it?

Looking to build a cheap website without hiring a coder? Here’s why WordPress might be the tool for you!

WordPress has almost re-defined what it means to start a website nowadays. Since its inception back in 2003, it’s graduated from a small blogging platform to a major player in the do-it-yourself website industry. In fact, according to this survey, it powers approximately 22.5% of all of the websites that are currently on the internet!

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It also helps to start 100,000 websites each and every day, and is currently the most popular content management system in existence.

If you’re thinking about starting a new website, or are wondering if WordPress might be a good choice for you, then maybe this post will help to give you some reasons to at least consider it.

In this article, we’re going to answer a few basic questions and provide you some relevant answers that will hopefully give you a better idea as to what you’re looking at as you consider WordPress for your web development needs.

  • Is WordPress supported by a lot of web hosts and providers?
  • Is WordPress easy to use?
  • Does WordPress work well for SEO?
  • Is WordPress free to use?

Let’s talk about these!

There are a ton of web providers that support it

Not too long ago, finding the right hosting provider for your website was a big deal, because moving once your online web presence was established could very well become problematic. Unless you were a coder and built your website with this in mind (or hired someone to do this for you), then there was always a chance that you were going to get ‘stuck’ with a provider until you figured out a way to move without losing data or racking up hours of extra work.

This was especially true (and continues to be so) with hosting services that used any kind of ‘build it yourself’ tools.

But WordPress helps to mitigate this problem by offering you a platform that you can pack up and take with you basically anywhere. So many providers and developers can work with it that the fear of getting stuck in one place with WordPress is basically nonexistent.

It’s easy to use

WordPress designers are definitely worth their weight in gold, and if you hire a good one, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

At the same time, however, it is possible for a complete novice to build a working, functional, and attractive website with it (and to do so relatively quickly). If you can fire up your computer, load a browser, and use the internet, then you basically have all of the skills required to get a website up-and-running with this system.

WordPress is awesome for SEO

SEO is definitely a big deal nowadays. Everyone wants to know that their website is going to have a chance to rank well with search engines, and WordPress is definitely capable of fulfilling this function.

For one, it works well on mobile devices—which is something that Google is caring more and more about these days. Secondly, it gives you the ability to customize your SEO settings—which is a must these days. And of course, Google has always loved text based websites (especially blogs), so it’s not too difficult to see how Google and WordPress are literally an almost-perfect match for one-another.

It’s Free

WordPress is basically free to use—which makes it even better for small business owners and individuals who need a functional, attractive website on a budget. You’ll still need to pay for things like web and domain hosting (in most cases, anyway), but these are pretty small recurring costs.

One of the biggest costs associated with a new web startup is the cost for the website itself. It can often cost thousands of dollars to get a professional site designed—and that’s not including any of the content!

Granted, there might be some extremely technical things that would be a challenge to accomplish with it, but for the vast majority of businesses and individuals, WordPress (with the assistance of thousands of plugins and downloadable themes), will work for just about any type of site that you could possibly want to build.

In the end, there’s no better way to determine whether or not WordPress might be right for you other than to give it a try. Visit the official company website for more information, and to figure out how to get started. Odds are good that you’ll be glad you did!

 

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Thomas

Marketer, webdesigner and designer from Norway.