7 Core Reasons Why WordPress is Best for Your WebDev Project & How to Jump Into It
No, you don’t need a website, perhaps not until you realize you (actually) needed one!
So, when that time comes, I suppose this article might be of help in no less than equipping yourself first with the idea why choosing the right platform from the get go is crucial to your long term website success.
Not Having A Website Isn’t Bad After All
But having one as sophisticated and engaging at that couldn’t be even better!
Apparently, to put up a website or not is no longer an argument but many business owners and professionals still lack the grit to pursuing it largely because of 3 requisites below:
- Having a fully search engine-optimized, professionally-engaging and lead-generating website could be mind boggling (but certainly possible).
- You’re willing to put in a budget but you are afraid to count the cost.
- Feeling intimidated without the right tools and enough skill-set needed.
You can take your engagement one step ahead by providing a better and robust platform to showcase your service portfolios online. This in the end can lead to a more accessible and cohesive online environment between yourself and the clienteles you serve.
Ok, So How Do I Start?
The gist is, whether it is for business, blog, organization or a simple online portfolio, you don’t want your (start-up) website to end up at ICU (Intensive Care Unit) due to poor Integrability, Customizability and Usability (ICU).
Given the astounding web tools and resources available today, you should be able to build a professionally looking 1st-class website (i.e., personal or business website, blog, gallery portfolio, eCommerce, etc.) that drives traffic at a fraction of cost without the super-technical know-how of codes and scripts!
Speaking about codes and scripts, professional web developers are very good at that, so we will leave it to them! Knowing all those mind boggling stuff is not, by far, a necessity so there, you’re safe.
While building your own website may sound complicated at the beginning, it truly pays off in the end.
For a start, many of you will only need a simple online presence equipped with the essentials. As you grow your venture online and your needs become complex, it will be so much easier to expand and to call an expert where necessary.
Because you know your website well in and out from the get-go, it will be so much easier to go around it and expand later on.
With your own professionally-looking and engaging website, you establish authority, rapport and better access to clients we serve.
It is innovation that puts you in a better position without having to beat yourself up over competition.
WordPress is an amazing web tool to start with.
At the beginning, it could be a little intimidating learning through the ropes building your own website.
As a Content Management System, WordPress bridges this gap so you can deliver the right message you want without having to be entangled by web technicalities.
WordPress is an open source content publishing system (CMS) founded in 2003 by developers and entrepreneurs Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg.
By now at least 25% of all new websites being started are built using the WordPress platform.
Perhaps, what makes this CMS so popular is with its powerful mix-and-match feature of themes, plugins, widgets, etc., and its super user-friendly content editing interface that makes writing remarkably so easy.
Just look at the stats below. It is a live look of the activity across WordPress where passionate people publish their ‘message’ conveyed via using this super user-friendly platform.
WordPress may not be an the all-in-one solution.
But having WordPress by your side, you can certainly say:
So here are 7 good reasons I can think why:
1) WordPress is free: fat and full
You can use WordPress either by signing up at WordPress.com or installing it as a standalone package. When you sign up, you will have a subdomain much like myveryownwww.wordpress.com or anything you like and start publishing your material.
Alternatively, or should I say the better way- you can download the installer package from WordPress.org and install on your webhost pointing directly to your domain (i.e., www.myveryownwww.com).
As an open source web application, WordPress is supported by a dedicated and growing community of web developers and supporters so you can reliably use it with continuous improvements.
2) WordPress is cost-effective: and efficient at that
WordPress in itself is free but you might have to pay for your own domain name and webhost among others which are relatively so affordable as well.
Nevertheless, you can effectively and so efficiently install WordPress by yourself out of the box. Most webhosts have built-in scripts installer so you can deploy WordPress right there and then.
Alternatively, you can use a WordPress stack (i.e., Bitnami) one-click install solution so you can start putting your web pieces together on your local PC without having to subscribe to a webhost first.
Or check out Instant WordPress for perhaps a much better option 🙂
If you are not happy with your webhost provider, you can also easily pack your website up and go to another hassle free by simply using wordpressw migration tools (i.e., Backupbuddy, Vaultpress, etc.) that are readily available.
3) WordPress is so easy: to learn and use
Firstly, there are tons of dedicated websites (i.e., community boards, forums, etc.) out there with tons of resources for free showcasing how to use WordPress.
You can find video tutorials and perhaps just about anything if you are that curious (though you don’t have to).
And for you to know writing and publishing your content is as easy as 1) write -2) edit -3) publish:
3) WordPress is flexible: very flexible in fact
With no. 1) above, nothing can stop you from developing a website the way you want- be it a portfolio site, gallery, personal blog, eCommerce, etc. All these can be readily built using specialized themes and plugins on top of WordPress versatile features.
Need a mobile-friendly website? Most WordPress themes today are built to be responsive so you don’t have to even bother about that. All you have to do is to pick the right theme you like that shows what you wish for between screen sizes.
WordPress also has a built-in media library where you can upload and manage pretty much all your multimedia files (i.e., images, audio, videos, pdf’s, etc.) so you can insert or embed these stuff in your posts and pages on the fly.
4) WordPress is super: manageable and doable
WordPress features an easy-to-follow built-in updater. WordPress is going to tell you whether you have to update your core install files, themes, and plugins so you can be sure your website is running on the latest secure and robust platform.
Putting in content to your site is a breeze. WordPress allows easy management of users and subscribers alike. You can assign roles with special access and privileges as the following:
- Super Admin – with access to the site network administration features and all other features.
- Administrator – has access to all the administration features within a single site.
- Editor – can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
- Author – can publish and manage their own posts.
- Contributor – can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
- Subscriber – can only manage their profile.
Your wordpress site can then become a team effort getting ‘everyone’ invest and involve.
5) WordPress is safe: and secure
Some of the biggest sites on the planet use WordPress… Canada.com, WNBA, Facebook Newsroom, TechCrunch, The Walt Disney Company, The Nation, The New Yorker, Time.com, BBC America… etc.!
This though doesn’t mean that since those big ones use the said platform, WordPress is invincible to hackers. It simply means, if those big ones can’t trust the reliability of WordPress as a platform, then why should use it.
You as a wordpress website owner still needs to be on top of your site’s speed, security and stability. Nevertheless, WordPress itself makes these things easy and light for you by ‘hardening WordPress‘.
You may also use plugins such as the iThemes Security and Backupbuddy to keep all these security issues covered
6) WordPress is SE-friendly: SEO for Search Engine Optimization
Your website after all still needs to be crawled and indexed by search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Essentially, search engines allow your site to be ‘seen’ by others searching about topics relevant to your site’s content.
If your site lands on top of SERPs (search engine results pages), your website will likely be clicked thus bringing more visitors to your site.
This is done by optimizing your website for search engines otherwise known as SEO (search engine optimization).
This can be a little tricky and we can have a full separate article post for that but certainly doable.
And there’s one more and perhaps the best of all
7) WordPress automation- sleekest integration
More than what you can ever think, WordPress is your best platform for integrating automation tools- your secret assets to powerful online engagement.
Talk about email campaign (Campaign Monitor, etc.), lead generation (Bloom, Mailchimp), payment gateways (PayPal, Stripe), membership sites (Ultimate Membership Pro, Membership 2)… and other potentially endless possibilities!
With all being said and done, WordPress is your top-notch choice to skyrocketing your business website.
I couldn’t recommend WordPress better!
Well, thank you for reading through this far. Now, the other piece of the equation is:
How Do I Actually Build One?
Well, that could be another 1000-word article post but on a good gesture (and thanks to WordPress and the people behind who supported this effort).
If you want to get started of your own, feel free to post it below or email me here.
Best wishes to your web success!
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