Why use WordPress?

Published On April 19, 2008
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If you are new to WordPress and looking for reasons to use WordPress as a CMS (content management system) in your new website, let me give you some.

Open Source Software

WordPress is an Open Source software which allows it to be used free of cost. You can use it on any kind of personal or commercial website without have to pay a single dime for it. It is built on PHP/MySQL (which is again Open Source) and licensed under GPL.

User Friendly

You don’t really have to be experienced to use WordPress on your website. Nowadays most of the hosting companies provide the ability to install WordPress on your site at a single click of the mouse. The administration section is easy to navigate and its even easy to add articles/content to your website.

Themes Support

You will never run short of templates when using WordPress. If you don’t like the themes that come with the default installation of WordPress, you can hunt on the Internet and you will find thousands of free themes that you can download and use for your website. There are themes which can even make your website look like a regular site instead of a blog.

Plugins Extend Functionality

WordPress plugins allow you to do just about anything that you want and can be installed in a jiffy. For example, you want to paginate your blog posts, just look on Google and you can easily find the relevant plugin that will easily do the job for you.

Standards Compliant

WordPress is one software that follows all the Web Standards and keeps your blog or website compliant to all the rules that have to be followed when running a website.

SEO Friendly

Search Engines have to be definitely kept in mind when building a website. WordPress uses different functions which allow it to be search engine friendly. For example sending pings to other sites, making categories, tagging your posts, use of h1/h2 tags etc.

Large community Support

As per recent statistics, WordPress is used on more than 1% of the websites on the Internet in the world. There is a large user community backing the development of this software. So, whenever you face any problems, you can go through all the available WordPress forums and communities and find answers for all your questions.

So, you see the benefits of using WordPress now? And, you can add to this list by providing your feedback in the comments.

58 replies on “Why use WordPress?”

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Since I discovered WordPress.org I found myself greatly motivated by website development. It provides great flexibility, to home and advanced users both, and you can create unique websites in no time. Combined with the proper applications, like essential plugins and prolific theme generators, like Lubith for example, I could start an online business that is well on its feet.

BW Reply

WordPress is great! If you’re a beginner and want to learn to use WordPress to it’s full potential, check out this free downloadable eBook I found called “The Ultimate WordPress Guide”… It teaches you how to expand your blog (get more traffic) and use WordPress to make money. Lots of great tips!

As far as i know the most easiest cms that exist on net and used by millions of blogger and website owner is wordpress. Because wordpress is so easy to understand and manage that no-brainer person can easily deal with wordpress…
I think wordpress rocks…

I just built my site for painting on the wordpress platform. I really enjoy having the cosmetics of a theme with the ease of use of wordpress. I took advantage of the permalinks to make seo friendly urls. It really great to be able to login yourself for updates and not pay a programmer to do it for you.

I am having a hard time distinguishing between WordPress.org and WordPress.com My friends use WordPress and templates to create great websites but I’m stuck with what to do once I have uploaded WordPress (changed config etc.) to my FTP manager. Now what? I usually edit my html files through Dreamweaver and I’ve been trying to learn how to change the site with CSS but now I am totally lost.
How to I rename my site without the /wordpress behind my site?
Thanks for you’re help. Any additional website references would be awesome. -Z

Having just set up a site for voucherdeck.com, and I am torn between using wordpress, or creating our own blog.
As I see it, the main advantages of wordpress are simplicity/ease in setting up; and SEO i.e. getting a higher search engine ranking.
The main downside to word press seems to be that it will not be entirely customised and in line with th ebranding I want to create.
(as you will have worked out, I am still unsure which way to go)

WordPress has a powerful CMS that can be used for more than just blogging. Its incredibly versatile, it can be used to run a non-blog web site as well.With WordPress you can build a blog, a website, or both.

By far I think wordpress’ biggest advantage over it’s competition is the sheer amount of themes and plugs available for it. It’s (easily!) customizable far beyond what other CMS are.

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After learning all beneficial points for Word-press i will prefer to install and work on it more.. less than 5 seconds ago

I use Dreamweaver but after seeing how good WordPress sites are coming out and how Google seems to like the coding I think its time i made the change. Some fab wordpess free themes out there to, and its so easy to use, great stuff.

We developed our website three years ago and are now looking to fix it up and make some changes. A local design company advised us to switch to WordPress for our website – something about cold fusion. I have to admit I am lost….what is the issue?

Any help would be appreciated.
thanks
Marg

The more I read about CMS, the more I think WordPress.

The documentation, videos and forums out there mean that you have to go with the matket leader.
And wordpress are starting to think Blogging and CMS, not just blogging.

If you learn one of the other CMS packages (and there are lots), you could be spending a lot of time learning something that will be obsolete! A bit like buying a betamax video.

Thanks for backing up my theory with some sound reasoning.

hello my name is Vic and I found your blog. I have a website called Hollywoodpainting.com and I have a website installed onto it in a folder. I can access it by going to Hollywoodpainting.com/WP- admin where I can log on to my blog. But this is no good for everyone else how do they know I have a blog on this site how can I connect to a page to my blog that goes directly into the blog software so they don’t have to log on.
My intent is to have a viewer come to my website see the blog on the page somewhere and interact with it.
I don’t know whether you are capable of telling me how to do this or maybe you know a site that can teach me this.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Signed Vic

I am using both blogspot and wordpress .Well ,it depends how far you want to go,if you want to boost up your business to another higher level,i recommend to use wordpress because of the features is more advance than blogspot.In terms of template ,wordpress has more variety of choices even blog designer only focus on wordpress blog design.

My advise:Plan before you change.If currently,you are using blogspot and the results are phenomenal in terms of traffics and readers,please carry o.But if you plan to have another blog,perhaps consider wordpress as your choice

Pk_JoA,

WordPress is SEO friendly, but still there are somethings to be made by the end user such as preventing duplicate content, permalink structure etc…

No doubt that WordPress is great. However i don’t find any issue with even blogger.com. Blogger.com is true blogging platform where as wordpress become more commercial. However there are many advantages with wordpress like it’s in php and mysql. So its easy to modify the template, where as blogger.com is written in their specific language which is little hard to learn. And there are so many free themes are available for wordpress, blogger.com doesn’t have many.

Excellent post! I think the same as you, but I don’t know that WP was SEO friendly… well, everyday you learn something new, eh?
PS: One correction, WordPress IS open source, but Open Source is not the same as free. In Open Source, you can edit it, but it can be free or not. If a program is free, it can be Open Source or not.
Please correct :)…

PS2: Sorry for the bad english 🙁

WordPress isn’t all that SEO friendly our of the box. However there are some great mods, and with a little personal effort SEO on wordpress can people a much less painful process than on other CMS platforms.

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