The first and most significant step of the web development process is deciding what platform to use for your new website. The Content Management System (CMS) you decide to use will determine how fast your site will run as well as how many tools and customisation options you’ll be able to access.
Let me first describe what exactly a CMS is. It is software that allows its users to contribute and edit the content on a website very easily — for example, it enables users to add pictures and videos. They consist of many workflows to allow you to assign permissions for managing content based on roles, such as authors, editors, and administrators.
Today, with the extensive availability of CMS’s out there, such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, ModX and others, deciding which one to go for can be challenging. However, WordPress is a solid choice and safe bet in almost any circumstance.
WordPress is a free, open-source CMS and is the perfect framework for building any size of a website, from a large and thriving e-commerce website to a simple, influential blog. Due to its power and flexibility, it can accommodate your unique requirements.
Still not sure? Here are a few reasons why I think you should consider WordPress as your next CMS of choice.
Choose From Many, Many Different Plugins. You Have Great Power and Flexibility.
First, you might ask what a plugin is?
A plugin is a software that can be added to WordPress and other CMS platforms to extend their functionality or add new features. They make it possible to customise your website’s functionality and design with ease by uploading to your CMS and activating it. Such they serve valuable purposes for business owners and website users.
The core of WordPress offers a variety of key features and functionality, but many websites require additional features and functionality to get them working and looking their best. There are thousands of plugin options out there, from contact forms to social media integrations to even e-commerce; the list is endless. They are easy to find, and many are entirely free or affordable if not. However, something worth noting is that it’s important not to get too carried away.
Here are a few long-used, popular plugins we use on our WordPress websites here at DHD:
- Advanced Custom Fields – Among the over 30 field types available, there are text areas, galleries, and links. Custom field management couldn’t be easier or look any better!
- All In One WP Security & Firewall – The security of our websites is of great importance to us. This plugin reduces security risk by checking for vulnerabilities and by implementing and enforcing the latest recommended WordPress security practices and techniques.
- Yoast SEO – We like to give you the best opportunity to enhance your website’s Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). Installing this plugin gives you quick pointers and features to improve SEO throughout your pages and posts.
WordPress is Easy to Navigate/Use and Beginner-Friendly.
Built for non-technical people, WordPress is intuitive, friendly, and easy to navigate. To add a new design to your website, you can download a theme. Install and activate a plugin if you need to add a new function, like a contact form and so forth. The WordPress dashboard comes with different menu options listed in the sidebar to easily create posts and pages, add navigation menus and more.
Learning and using any new software of any type can be intimidating for anyone if you don’t know how it all works. If you’re new to the website world or are creating your first website, you probably won’t have had any experience with content management systems before. The good news is it’s easy for anyone to start using WordPress even if you’re a complete beginner, as you don’t need any coding knowledge to create a perfectly functional site like a blog.
WordPress is SEO Friendly and Helps you Rank High in Popular Search Engines.
Your goal may be to get as many people to visit your website as possible and to keep coming back to find out more about you, your product, or your service. This can be accomplished in many ways by writing engaging content on your website and, most importantly, practising effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
WordPress’s core is optimised well for search engines as it covers website speed and responsiveness for mobile devices, which are both key points in improving and maintaining proper SEO.
WordPress is Here to Stay, and Will Stick Around for Years to Come.
There’s a solid and passionate community behind WordPress in the form of users, developers, and businesses that ensures it stays as secure, functional, up-to-date, and flexible as possible. WordPress has been a thing for over a decade now. Having nearly 40% of all websites using it as of 2021. (Source)
As open-sourced software, WordPress is a lot more likely to stick around as anyone can go ahead and use it. The community base is by no means limited by pricing, premium customer support or even skill level. Anyone can try out and play around with the dashboard and start to absorb how the interface works for them.
Thanks to the key features of WordPress core and the thousands of themes and plugins available to extend the CMS platform, WordPress can do a lot for you and your business, and that’s why I think it’s the best CMS to consider using for your next or new website.
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