Top Reasons for Using WordPress for Your Website
Some folks say that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the #1 reason to use WordPress.
We wouldn’t necessarily agree that SEO is the primary reason to use WordPress for your website, although it is one of the top reasons you should use WordPress.
Here are what we believe are some of the Top Reasons for Using WordPress for Your Website:
- Easy site editing by customers based on various assigned roles (this has been #1 reason our customers prefer WordPress).
- Tons of extendability through ‘plugins’ make it easy to add functionality to your website like web forms, ecommerce, social media integration, polls, post comments & ratings, and the list goes on and on…over 10,000 WordPress plugins available!
- Inherent content management ability (a.k.a. CMS) for easily adding, categorizing, and displaying of various data like pages, posts, images, links, photos, video, etc. (supported with Categories & Tags).
- World-class site management interface through the Admin Dashboard makes for a very short learning curve for the novice, yet provides access to code elements for the advanced user or developer.
- Integrated website analytics built right into the Admin Dashboard (Google Analytics and more).
- Great theme frameworks available that make building and maintaining a site easier to build and maintain, and are cost effective.
- Common code base makes making site edits quick and easy for any developer, and makes it easy for the site owner to move their entire website from one web host provider to another (most web hosts can install WordPress for you with a click of a button, and many web host providers offer some level of WordPress support).
- WordPress provides great inherent SEO benefits, including (but probably not limited to):
- The WordPress framework is known to be very SEO friendly, and was reportedly confirmed as such by Google.
- Page and article URL’s are canonical, making them very search engine friendly, especially when containing keywords.
- Page titles, article posts, and other content use inherent easy to crawl text and keywords.
- Plugins make SEO simple even for site owners to manage by adding page Titles, Keywords, and Descriptions right within the page editor.
- Plugins can automatically add ‘alt’ tags, page descriptions, keywords, and other stuff good for SEO (less manual work, or at least giving you something for each page until you can optimize them).
- Plugins can provide automatic ‘site maps’ that can auto-generate and submit to top search engines.
- Several millions of users and developers make getting support or additional customization readily available from the extensive WordPress community. In
- Built-in blog functionality makes it easy for multiple blog contributors and editors, and provides great SEO benefits.
- Sites can be built quickly within a few short hours (or even within a few minutes for a simple site) rather than months.
- Sites can scale to millions of users.
- With the Multi-site capability enabled, WordPress websites can scale to multiple websites (hundreds or even thousands) within one single Admin interface for easy management, editing, and maintenance of multiple sites from within one common interface, and resources like plugins, themes, users, and subscribers can be shared between sites and easily maintained.
- Plugins can create backups of your site data and store it on the server or even email it to you at set intervals.
- WordPress is a highly optimized opensource platform that has a very robust and active community of users and developers that are constantly making improvements and developing addons (WordPress is managed by the WordPress Foundation, giving it much longevity into the future).
Hope this helps if anyone is in the decision process of considering using WordPress for their website, or migrating/converting their existing website to WordPress.
We recommend using the ‘self-hosted’ configuration of WordPress, which is what we use and support at SiteSubscribe.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an opensource website development and blogging platform.
WordPress has emerged in recent years to become one of the world’s foremost website building and blogging platforms.
Whatever type of website you want, you can most likely build it easier and cheaper using WordPress.
You can run a free blog on WordPress.org, or build a professional website using WordPress as a hosted solution.
WordPress has many benefits for website owners and websites, from built-in SEO features to world-class website administration tools for easy drag-and-drop web page editing and website management.
The many thousands of (mostly free) ‘plugins’ that are available make adding website functionality a breeze…from ecommerce, to social networking integration, to photo galleries, to blogging, WordPress has something for everyone.
WordPress has a short learning curve for the novice to learn to add and edit pages, blog posts, links, photos, and even videos. Yet WordPress also has rich features for website customization, making it a great choice for website designers.
WordPress is supported by a huge community of developers and users. There are reportedly over 23 million WordPress users, many of them businesses, and many are professional and freelance website designers who have chosen WordPress as their website creation tool of choice.
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What is a WordPress theme?
A WordPress theme is essentially a design template that can be applied to your WordPress website to give it the look and feel you want for your website.
WordPress themes also typically come with some built-in value-added functionality like perhaps an adjustable header or switchable color schemea for example.
WordPress themes come pre-built with design elements, and can be further customized (by us or another WordPress developer) to further meet your design requirements…saving you lots of time and money compared to building a website from scratch.
Most WordPress themes also come with pre-defined ‘widget areas‘ that offer support for ‘widgets‘ within your website where you can ‘drag-and-drop‘ ‘widgets‘ into ‘widget ready‘ locations within your website, like a sidebar or footer area for example…(widgets are provided by some plugins).
A different WordPress theme can be applied to your website at any time. If any ‘theme customizations‘ were made to your website they would need to also be made to any theme you want to use (so be careful switching themes if you have made theme customizations…if you are unsure, check with us first before switching themes).
Every WordPress theme is unique. WordPress themes are developed by third party WordPress theme developers…some are better than others. WordPress themes can either be FREE or PREMIUM depending on the developer who makes the theme.
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What’s the difference between a Plugin and a Widget?
WordPress supports Plugins and Widgets. Here’s the difference between them:
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