Thinking about creating a website with WordPress? It’s the best decision you’ll make today – let’s have a look why.
WordPress is, essentially, a CMS on steroids! CMS stands for Content Management System, and these are used to create and manage the digital content on your website. There’s other ways of doing this, but a the CMS in a website with WordPress has so many benefits. In my line of work, as a website designer and builder, a CMS is the key piece of software or ‘tool’ that I use to build and maintain many websites. Of the most prominent CMS’s available, WordPress is hands-down the most popular, and with good reason. Building a website with WordPress is always my preferred option, and today I thought I’d share with you ‘why’.
I’ll outline some of the best features and benefits that WordPress has to offer below. Keep reading!.
User Friendly Website with WordPress
The term user-friendly doesn’t enjoy the mass use it did a decade or so ago, but it does describe WordPress best. Don’t get me wrong; for a novice, simply signing up and getting knee-deep in website with WordPress can be daunting and confusing. But it is easy for most people to learn, and the more you learn, the faster you learn more. Once you’ve got a basic structure in place, adding and editing your website content is much like the common Microsoft Word type software that many people use on a daily basis. So if you’re a novice – you might need to employ some help to set up the basics – and then try tackling the content side of things yourself!
Versatile – Choose Your Weapon!
Continuing on the ‘user-friendly’ theme, WordPress’ ability to customise for any industry gives it valuable versatility. Whatever you need it for, it can adapt — business, personal, e-commerce, bookings, blogs, galleries, portfolios, social media-style sites, pretty much anything you can think of. Choose your style and you’re half way there.
If you don’t know exactly what you want the site to be capable of, you can start small and make it live. Then, over time, you can add functionality to create a bigger and more complex site more suited to your needs.
Its ability to easily integrate with external applications (such as bank payment gateways, point of sale software, Eventbrite, social media, and MailChimp) make it every Web Developers most efficient and valuable tool.
WordPress makes it really easy to nail your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Especially if you incorporate one of the many SEO plugins available – such as the Yoast SEO plug-in.
You don’t need to understand everything about SEO; you just allow Yoast to guide you through the relevant fields such as metadata, alternate texts, keywords, etc. It can be quite a simple task to get a basic handle on such a complex aspect of your website.
If a decent Google ranking is important to you (and it is, even if you don’t know it) but you don’t want to pay a fortune for SEO services, then a website with WordPress, combined with something like Yoast is definitely the place to start.
Robust – Like a Robot?
Although it’s not a common household name like say Google, WordPress has been around since 2003. So it’s had 15 years to evolve and fine tune, making it an extremely well-oiled machine these days.
This durability means it can cope with large sites, heavy traffic, high functionality, and more. Having a website that looks good and works well is one thing. But have you thought about what would happen if 100’s or 1000’s of people started visiting your site and using all the different functions at the same time? It can be a bit like a bottle-neck in a traffic jam. Sometimes the large amount of traffic can cause congestion and ultimately cause the website to grind to a halt. A website built with WordPress has an edge over the rest – as its robust-ness (is that even a word..?) gives you a better head-start than the rest.
Secure Access – Like a Vault!
Not only is a website with WordPress secure, but its flexible security makes it easy for all users to operate while keeping risks low. Your site Admin can assign varying levels of access to different users. You have complete control over who has access to what, and what they can do when they’re in there. You never have to give away complete access or compromise your security.
There are also security add-ons that can help protect your site from hackers. These add-ons send an alert to the site Admin when attacks are being made, allowing you to thwart them before any damage is done. If your business or website data is important to you – then your best efforts should be spent setting it up the right way from the very beginning.
And on top of all this, the backup facilities are also easy and effective, and you can even hide the Admin portal making it harder for hackers to find.
But wait… There’s more!
I’ve only just touched on the sides of why WordPress is such a great option. There’s also benefits like its GDPR compliance, no coding or technical experience required, free themes, built in blogs and so much more!!!
How to Get Started on a Website with WordPress?
A great place to start if you want to be a complete DIY-er – would be to browse the WordPress website to get a better understanding of what it’s capable of doing for you. But – this can be an info overload. So if you’d like to speak to a real person about how to get started – give us a call. We can point you in the direction for a complete DIY experience, or provide you with options that will suit the level of control you’d like to have.
Get in touch and you’ll speak to a real person – even if you just want an un-biased opinion – we’d love to help!
What Level of DIY are you?
- Complete DIY-er! (I don’t need any help – I just need you to point me in the right direction.)
- Set me up – then let me at it! (Set up the core requirements to get WordPress in place – then I’ll take the lead from there.)
- Make it happen and you lead the way! (Set it up, get some action happening, but let me control the content on my site.)
- Just do it! (I’m not really a DIY-er… I want someone to do it for me – but I’ll give some direction about what I want and what needs to be included.)
It doesn’t matter what level of DIY-er you are – if you want a website with WordPress – get in touch – we’ll give you as much or as little guidance as you need.
Get in Touch and Speak to a Real Person Today!