11 Reasons to Use WordPress
A lot of people have asked me this question: What is special about WordPress? Every single time, my first reaction is always a smile on my face and this is because I am always happy to dive into the various reasons why WordPress is good for building a website.
In this post, I have decided to write about 15 reasons to use WordPress for your website and I promise that at the end of this article you will have an answer to this question.
There is a common thought that WordPress is only for creating blogs just like Google’s blogger, this is a big misconception. I had that same thought also in 2013 when I started using WordPress but I soon got to realize how wrong I was. Although WordPress started as a blogging tool, over the years, it has evolved a powerful and a robust content management system (CMS).
In addition to the reasons to use WordPress for your website, I have also included some of the different types of websites you can build with WordPress (with aid of themes and plugins) and respective examples of these websites that you know. Some of these brands include; Facebook, Time Magazine, New York Times, Disney etc. At, this point I will implore you to join me to discuss the reasons to use WordPress for your website.
It is Open Source
In case you are wondering what open source is i.e. it is free for anybody to download, install, use or even modify its underlining code. Though WordPress software is free, you need a domain name and webhosting service to install it (I will discuss this in a later tutorial)
A domain name is the address of your website on the internet e.g www.wptasting.com and Web hosting is where all your website files are stored. I recommend using Siteground. They are one of the best Web hosting companies in the world and they have thousands of WordPress websites hosted on their platform.
In order to download WordPress for building your website locally on your PC before uploading it online, please visit the official website for WordPress and click on the download button. If you already purchased a hosting account at Siteground, don’t bother about downloading WordPress. It’s already part of the Softaculous package that comes with the hosting service you purchased.
If you want someone experienced to setup your WordPress site, then I recommend her . She is a trusted freelancer that I have worked with over the years and you can check-up some of the reviews left by her clients.
Easily Expand Website Functionalities
This is an important reason to use WordPress because with the use of themes and plugins you can expand your website functionalities easily. For example; if you want to sell online you can install the woocomerce plugin and make use of The Gem Premium WordPress Theme.
Other examples of plugins to extend the functionalities of your websites are BuddyPress (Social Networking), BBPress (Forumn), Yoast SEO and many more plugins
In case you are wondering where to get the best and feature-rich themes (both free and premium), here is a list of the trusted places to get them:
- The WordPress Theme Directory
- Proteus Themes
- Elegant Themes
- Theme Fuse
- Mojo Marketplace
- Template Monster
- CodeCanyon (Premium)
- WPMUDEV (Premium)
- MyThemeShop (Premium)
- Elegant Themes (Premium)
- WordPress plugin library (Free)
WordPress is in fact SEO first i.e. it lets search engines like google search be aware of your content, and it will get you indexed and in turn increase your rankings. This is the number one reason why WordPress sites tend to rank higher than others in search engines.
Apart from WordPress being SEO-ready, there are some plugins that further enhance the chances of your website content being ranked high on Search Engines. Example of such is Yoast SEO. Yoast SEO plugin provides you with an advanced form of Search Engine Optimisation in that it allows you to choose a keyword for a particular blog post or page and analyses the content and informs you of effective you are at targeting the keyword.
You can see that in the picture below;
You don’t Need to be an Expert to Manage it
With WordPress functionalities, you would think it will be a difficult thing to manage but I am happy to disappoint you that WordPress isn’t all that difficult to manage if you learn the tricks and get adequate training. This is why I created this blog to teach enthusiasts like you the cool stuffs that WordPress is capable of.
Website management and maintenance involves some things like:
- Ensuring your server is functioning well.
- Keeping checks on security.
- Running regular backups.
- Updating plugins, themes, and the WordPress software.
- Testing for functionality, broken links and redirection
- Making improvements in speed and SEO.
As seen in the picture above, some of these tasks are easy to perform. In case you are looking for a freelancer to manage your WordPress website, contact Sandra. She is tested and trusted by me.
It is Secure
The world wild web can be a tricky place sometimes but considerably, WordPress is safe for you to build your website. In order to protect your WordPress website, there are some plugins available to do that for you. An example of this is WordDefence plugin. This plugin analyses your website for vulnerabilities and gives you warning on potential problems.
It goes further to remind you of essential updates required by your WordPress website which includes; Theme updates, plugin updates and WordPress Software update. There is also a service called Sucuri; it is used to protect against common threats such as brute force attacks and malware.
Ultimate Control Over your Website
You have full control over your website in that you can customize your theme (either free or premium) anyway you want it or/and buy different plugins that allow you to design the outlook of your website. Most free themes make use of the Customize functionality in WordPress but Premium themes afford you the opportunity to customise your website with their pre-packaged Theme Options.
Also, most of these Premium WordPress Themes support the use of Page Builders. Page builders are drag & drop WordPress plugins that allow you design the layout of your page in any manner you want it irrespective of the theme pre-designed layouts. Some Premium Themes come pre-packaged with one of these Page Builders.
The top page builder out there are; WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer), Divi Builder (Pre-packaged with Divi Theme), Beaver Builder, Elementor, Thrive Architect and Themify Builder. There are many of them out there and I will write a Review article on them later.
Talking more about full control, you can decide to assign different permission roles to different users of your website through the user tab on your dashboard. These roles include: Administrator, Editor, Contributor, Subscriber, and Super Admin. The default role assigned to new user is Subscriber. You can learn more about them here.
There are many more things you can control on your website that I can’t cover in these post but some are:
- Approve or disapprove comment
- Decide the number of posts per page
- Choose your default home page
- With plugins you can further make decisions on any part of your website.
Supports Numerous Media Types
WordPress supports 4 different Categories of Media which are well known to everybody including you and these categories are:
Every of these Media categories have more than one variations or format called Media Types. Example of the supported media types are: .jpg, .png, .gif .pdf, .doc, .pptx, .mp3, .m4a, .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .odt, .key, .ogg, and .3gp. The rest can be found here.
Large Community of Users
As it is with most Open Source projects, they have a large number of userbase and these userbase form a community that solves issues concerning these open source projects. WordPress itself has its own community that consist of contributors to the software and different users of the software.
In case you come by any issues with WordPress, there is a Support Forum on WordPress official Website and also there are a lot of blogs, forums, and online communities to help out. All you have to do a google search of exactly what the problem is and links to possible solutions will be displayed.
Most of the WordPress Themes are mobile responsive since most of the Theme Developers adopt a mobile-first approach in designing the themes. Even your WordPress Dashboard is mobile responsive which means it doesn’t matter what device you are using, you can manage your website on the go. In some situations that I am not close to my PC, I make use of my mobile device to do any form of management I want on my websites.
Another advantage of your website being mobile friendly is the fact that Google ranks sites that are not mobile friendly lower on their result pages. You don’t need to worry about this because most of the themes available are mobile responsive and in fact for themes that are not responsive, WordPress has a Mobile View option for mobile devices.
Big Brands Use It
Some of the big brands in the world make use of WordPress to power there website and they receive millions of pageviews per day. This means it doesn’t matter the number of pageviews or customers visiting your website, WordPress can handle it. Some of these big brands are:
Social Media Integration
With WordPress, it is easy for people on social media to read and interact with your website content with their various social media accounts. WordPress allows you to integrate social media buttons into your website that makes it easy for your visitors to share your content Social Networks which will increase your website visibility.
Also, there are plugins like SNAP that helps you schedule automatic post to your social media pages. All you have to do is configure them with your social media handles. If your website allows user registration and login, there are plugins that integrates social authentication into your website and this will make your users have the opportunity to login/signup to your website with their social media account.
TYPES OF WEBSITES YOU CAN BUILD WITH WORDPRESS
WordPress as you will have come to realise is a robust and flexible software that can accommodate any form of website you build on it. You can make a simple website like a basic blog to an Ecommerce website or even a social network. Below are some of the types of website you can build with WordPress:
- Blog e.g. WPTASTING
- E-commerce e.g. Fashion Paradisso
- E-learning e.g. Dash Africa
- News e.g. BBC America
- Forum e.g. WordPress Support Forum
- Job Portal
- Portfolio Website
- Business Website
- Social Network
- Booking/Reservation website (hotels, resorts etc.)
- Taxi pickup services.
The list above is just a little out of the numbers of website you can make with WordPress. There are over 20 different types and if you would like me to write about them, just drop a message in the comment section and I will do something about it.
Also if you want an expert to manage or create your WordPress Website, you can contact Sandra. I recommend her personal because I have being working with her over time. You can also contact me to make an introduction for you.
In case you have anything to add to what have been written or you have a question to ask, please feel free to drop a message in the comment section below or send me an email here, I will certainly answer your questions and attend to you as soon as possible.