WordPress has evolved as a powerful Content Management System in last couple of years. The market share of WordPress has seen a huge growth over a short span of time. This makes it interesting to think about what makes WP so powerful? Why and how a WordPress website can be useful for individuals and businesses.
1. It’s FREE as in Freedom
WordPress is licensed under General Public License (GPL) and is an open source project. It means that you are free to use WordPress for your website, you also have the freedom to modify the code (on your own or by hiring a developer).
2. Easy to use and learn
Using WordPress for publishing doesn’t come with a steep learning curve. It’s easy to get started and there are lots of resources available online to help you. Bob Dunn is an excellent WordPress coach.
3. Complete control over your site
How many times have you felt the need of adding a new page to your HTML site and reaching out to a developer? With WordPress you need not worry about that anymore. You can add as many pages and as much of content as you wish. It’s under your control.
4. Powerful, secure, fast and scalable
WordPress can be used to build all kind of websites. Ranging from a freelancer’s portfolio to an online store or a content rich membership website. WordPress comes with top notch security and highly optimized code.
5. Ease of extensibility
Want to add a simple contact form or build a directory website? It’s easy with WordPress plugins. More than 32,000 free plugins make it easier for you to build a better website.
6. E-commerce. FTW!
Do you plan to sell some of your hand-made products? Do you want to sell e-books? Do you want to sell music? All of that and much more is possible with WordPress. Plugins like Easy Digital Downloads and WooCommerce makes it possible to sell all kind of digital and tangible products.
7. Customizing the look and feel
If there’s something you don’t like about the current styling for your site, you can change the look and feel. It’s possible with WordPress Themes. Or if you wish, you can always hire a developer to build a unique WordPress theme for your site.
8. Backed up by community
WordPress is backed up by a large community of developers and users. It’s growing every day and making WP better
9. Easy to find help
Since WP is backed up by a large community it’s easy to find answers to common questions online. Plugin and Theme specific answers can be found in WordPress.org support forums.
10. Finding a WordPress developer
BONUS: WordPress coaching and consultancy
Got some questions related to WordPress? Need help with WordPress? I am available for 1-on-1 WordPress training and group sessions.
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