I build all my sites on WordPress. But Why?
It is easy to install.
There is plenty of support
It is used by some of the biggest and best sites on the web
It is easy customizable
It is well tested and completely stable
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a Content Management System or CMS. It is the software that runs your site and makes it easy to update. It runs in the background and no one sees it but you. What your visitors see is a great looking, well organized site. You get a CMS that works like a word processor (think Microsoft Works) and a while bunch of tools to run your site without you having to know a single line of code.
It is easy to install
If you are using the host provider that I recommend then all you will have to do to install WordPress is click a button and follow the steps. If you use another provider sometimes you will have to click two buttons. No really it is that easy. Almost every host completely supports WordPress with an easy to install system that will have you running WordPress in just minutes.
If you don’t want to use the auto install then simply go to WordPress.org and they will give you step by step instructions on how to upload WordPress to your site and install it.
There is Plenty of Support
The WordPress community is large, helpful, and very active. Go to WordPress.org and click on the support tab in the header. This will bring you to a large deposit of helpful articles.
Want someone to do it for you? It is easy to find a person to help you on eLance, Fiverr, Freelancer, Guru, or more. Just post what you need and in minutes you will get a many helpful people at many different price points.
It is Used by Some of the Biggest and Best Sites On the Web
Does that alone make it the best? Not necessarily. However look at the list of sites and a variety of uses. Any of these is a great example. You should be able to find some inspiration in one of these.
- The New York Times
- The Jane Goodall Institute
- The Clorox Company
- Boston Market
- The San Francisco Examiner
- Bloomberg Professional
- Microsoft News Center
- Garth Brooks
- Alanis Morissette
- Nancy Pelosi
- Google Ventures
- Smart Passive Income
- And many many more
Check them out
It is Easily Customizable
You can do this by yourself or find someone to do it for you. However there are a lot of easy plug-ins
Themes are what makes your site look good. All the previous sites are run by themes. It makes your site consistent and consistently looking good. You can find themes that range in price from free all the way up to thousands of dollars. As a rule of thumb themes that cost between $50 and $150 will work great for you and run well on your site.
These give a little added customization to your site. Some run in the background, some add interactivity to your site, some add to the functionality. Plug-ins are fun but be careful not to add too many of them. They might slow your site down if you have to many running at once.
It is Well Tested and Stable
Due to the fact that so many people run WordPress it is well tested. Because of the fact that so many people rely on WordPress tells us that it is stable. If you are ready to have people visit the the site you want it up and running. Make sure you choose a Content Management System that works and you know will give your visitors the experience that you want.