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Why WordPress?

When people ask me, “Why WordPress?”, I can’t help but respond with an enthusiastic, “Why not?” Prior to my love affair with WordPress I created sites from code. I actually refused to learn WordPress for a while. It seemed like a cop-out. It seemed too structured. Boy was  I wrong. I have come to realize what an amazing platform WordPress offers and this post will outline some of the benefits you gain when using WordPress.

Tried and True

WordPress is the most popular CMS(content management system) in the world. At the time of this publication, WordPress accounts for roughly more than half of all websites or 59% of the global CMS market share. Millions of people use WordPress everyday. In fact, it powers about 30% of the internet. One of the reasons that WordPress is so popular is because it’s very adaptable and fairly easy to learn.

If the statistics don’t convince you that WordPress is solid platform for a website, these are a few reputable sites that are run on WordPress: The Walt Disney Company, Beyonce, Spotify, The Walking Dead, Mercedes Benz, and The New Yorker.

Extendable

The core functionality of WordPress is more than enough to get your website up and running. But the themes and plugins that can extend those functions are limitless. There are thousands of free and premium options to customize a website to fit every need.

Solid Support

WordPress is open source. This means that it’s crafted by contributing developers with a common goal in mind. That goal is to constantly and consistently improve the platform. With that being said, feature, function and security optimizations are regularly updated. There is a very large community based support forums for both WordPress and various plugins. This ensures that you will have success in troubleshooting any unexpected roadblocks that you may hit.

Lower Setup Cost and Flexible Maintenance

Let me start by saying that WordPress is free. Yes. Free. All this awesomeness for free! You can invest your time in learning WordPress for yourself or you can hire someone to create your site for you.

With your own WordPress site, you won’t get caught into monthly fees that are incurred by limiting site builders. You have the ability to build upon your site, when your budget is available and you’ll find that it’s relatively easy to find someone who is experienced in WordPress. However, I do recommend that you keep your site maintained and updated. Interested in a maintenance plan? I can help.

Intuitive SEO

Out of the box WordPress is SEO friendly. Of course, there are ways to fine-tune this to strengthen SEO, but if you don’t possess the experience(or hire a developer who does) you can rest assured that WordPress is doing part of the job for you.

WordPress is written using standard compliance high quality code and produces semantic mark up which makes your site very attractive to search engines. “Hellooo Google!”

In Conclusion

I’ve mentioned a few strength that WordPress offers. I now exclusively use WordPress and I truly see no end it sight. It’s ever evolving and the possibilities continue to impress me. If you’re on the fence about jumping on the WordPress bandwagon, hopefully this post has given you positive impression.

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Aloha, I am a Hawaii based freelance web designer and developer located on the beautiful island of Maui. Where the skies are blue, the palm trees sway and spam is a pretty big deal. My articles are geared towards site design and development, nifty wordpress tips and gadgets and other ramblings of webthings amusement.
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