In this post, I’ll try to show you the reasons why you should be using WordPress over other blogging platforms. I know there are a lot of posts already on the internet about the benefits of using WordPress but I’d like to add something to what’s already there.
If you’re blogging on other platforms, you might want to consider these points so you can eventually migrate from your current platform to WordPress.
If you’re new in blogging, let me give you the basics of what WordPress is and the things it can do.
From a non-technical perspective, WordPress is a web software that enables the user to manage digital content/information. Content may include text, images, videos, music, and etc.
WordPress has a presentation area, like the one you’re currently seeing right now, and the content area or admin area where you can edit the contents.
From a developer’s perspective, WordPress is an open source Content Management System based on PHP and MySQL. It is initially a blogging platform that has now evolved into a powerful one stop solution for many different web development needs.
It can be used for business sites, e-commerce sites, real estate sites, blogging sites, online learning sites, directory sites, and many more. WordPress provided a beautiful backbone web developers can use for many different applications.
For more information about the technicalities of WordPress and what not, you can go directly to their website at wordpress.org.
Listed below are the reasons why you should pick WordPress over other platforms in starting a blog.
10 Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress in Your Blog
1. It is free. WordPress is a free software. This means you are free to download, install, use, and modify it the way you want. Without WordPress, you’ll spend hundreds to thousands of dollars if you’ll hire a developer to create your own content management system from scratch.
2. It is flexible. WordPress can be used not just for blogging purposes but for many other applications as well. If you started your WordPress site as a blog, you can add a forum later on or add a member’s area or add an online shop or add just about anything you can think of.
That’s how flexible WordPress websites are.
3. Well documented. WordPress has an online resource called codex where developers can look for documentations on how to use WordPress’ programming interface.
There are also resources on the internet from other developers and bloggers on how to use it, tips and tricks, how-to tutorials, best practices, and many more. If you want to learn more, google is your friend.
4. A lot of designs to choose from. With WordPress, you can choose the design you love from a gazillion number of free themes. There are a lot of third party sites that sell premium themes with custom features.
Some themes are dedicated for e-commerce, some are for membership site, some are for real estate sites, and others for education purposes. Basically, the designs you need are already there.
If you want a more custom site, you can always get a base theme then customize it the way you want.
5. A lot of plugins for different functionalities. Most of the functionalities needed for a your website can be downloaded now. It has caching plugins, SEO plugins, backup plugins, social network plugins, contact forms, and many more.
There are legitimate third party sites that sell premium plugins for different specific needs. If you want to save yourself from the headache of developing one from scratch, you definitely need to check those sites out.
6. Many hosting sites are WordPress Optimized. Many different hosting sites now offer the 1-click WordPress installation. This will get you away from the technicalities of manual installation of the WordPress software.
One of the hosting sites that offer this feature is Hostgator. One of the most recommended and trusted hosting site that has been there for long and keeps on improving their services.
7. Easy to Learn. Everything you need to learn about WordPress is now on the web and once you get inside the WordPress dashboard, you can easily familiarize yourself it.
8. WordPress is open source. WordPress is a community software and what it means is that there’s a large group of people around around the world maintaining it.
The good thing about open source software is whenever a new update has bugs, the contribution of the large community can easily fix the issues.
9. WordPress blogs are SEO friendly. There are a lot of WordPress themes that are semantically coded which is good for search engine robots. This makes your content more understandable from google’s perspective.
More themes now are also utilizing rich snippets. Google is using these rich snippets in the search engine results. This is a way for you to increase your click-through-rate and therefore more chances for you to convert a visitor into a customer, fan, reader, and what not.
10. High security. WordPress has its own core security team which is composed by experts so that WordrPress is safe from hacking, injections, viruses, and etc.
And again, because of its large community, vulnerability issues can be easily traced and fix. They quickly release a minor update to fix the hottest issues.
11. You’re always updated. With WordPress, you are always on the latest trend. In terms of the latest web technologies, best practices, best SEO practices, web security, design trend, and etc.
You can never go wrong with WordPress. It can save you time, money, and effort for most of your website needs.
Although many people still can’t see the beauty and the power of WordPress, it will keep growing and will still be there for the coming years. It will not die anytime soon but it will keep dominating the web in the coming years.
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