Why You Should Use WordPress

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No matter what your industry, you need a website if you are to be competitive. You need a website because people use it as the first contact to find out about your business. It’s not an easy task to create a website from scratch using HTML and CSS coding. That is why WordPress is great for both beginners and experts. If you want the world to know about your business, then you should consider using WordPress on your next project!

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Why use WordPress?

WordPress is probably the most popular CMS available today. It’s also the most popular content management system (CMS) used to create a website. This is because it is easy to use and offers a lot of tools to suit all types of business. Millions of people use it to create blogs, websites, portfolios, corporate websites, and even presidential campaigns. It has been around since 2003 giving it enough time to mature to a fully-fledged CMS that works for almost any kind of website.

Pros and cons of WordPress

To get started with the pros and cons of WordPress let’s look at the pros first and then move on to the cons.

Pros of WordPress

WordPress is one of the world’s most popular CMS.

WordPress makes it easy to turn a Web site into a blog, set up a business website, or build a web community. WordPress is available as a free, open-source software package. WordPress supports multiple languages, which can be added to your site.

WordPress is easy to learn, hard to master

WordPress is easy to learn. You just have to read a few articles and you can build a site. WordPress is actually known for its 5-minute installation, though even this has been made easier by many hosts, making it super easy to set up a new website. On the other hand, WordPress is very hard to master because of its ever-changing nature.

WordPress is built on open-source

Because WordPress is built on open-source anyone can see how it’s built, what components it uses, and what it has inside, making its development much easier and cheaper than with a locked system. This of course brings its own challenges but more on those later.

WordPress has plugins for almost every need

WordPress has a great selection of plugins. If you ever run into a problem, chances are it’s already been covered by a plugin. And if it has, chances are it’s a very good solution to that problem. Let’s have a look at an example.

Example 1. — Google Analytics integration to website

Say you want to integrate Google Analytics into your site, but are not a code-savvy person. All that code is just making your head spin and you just want clear, easy-to-read analytics that can be accessed easily. On top of this, you would like to gather the eCommerce data your site generates from the online store you have on your site.

Solution MonsterInsights

Example 2. — SEO for your website

You want to optimize your site for search engines, but don’t know how to set up a sitemap, meta descriptions, or meta titles, on top of all the other mysteries of technical search engine optimization that you know you need, but have no idea how to implement or what they do more than what they are called.

Solution AIOSEO

As you can see, whatever the problem might be, WordPress probably has a plugin for it making your life that much easier.

You can build a WordPress site without coding a single line

Thanks to the Gutenberg builder and page builders like Elementor, you don’t have to write a single line of code to build your dream website. Though knowing a bit of HTML and CSS does go a long way, it’s no longer a dream for those who are not familiar with coding to build their own amazing-looking website.

Get started with Elementor

It’s easy to find help for WordPress

Thanks to WordPress’s popularity it’s easy to find help for WordPress. Simply searching our site, Google, or even the official WordPress forums you can quickly find a solution for the most common problems. There are also many companies and freelancers whose only focus on building WordPress sites and solving problems people might have with it.

Cons of WordPress

WordPress is open-source

Because WordPress is open-source fixing core bugs is in the hands of volunteers. This means it’s in the hands of the community to fix the problems and to fix any security holes there might be in the CMS itself.

WordPress is not 100% secure

As it is with almost all open-source projects the security is not the best. WordPress has come a long way but it still has and will have security holes. This means people with malicious intent can find and exploit these weaknesses. Though WordPress overall is mostly secure it is the outdated plugins that 9/10 times create holes.

Updating is always a hassle

Because new plugins are created almost daily, there are more than a handful of plugins that also stop being updated. This means these plugins can quickly stop working or even in the worst-case create security holes in your WordPress site if you are not careful what you use.

Not everything works together

Because there are so many plugins and companies building themes, plugins, and everything else for WordPress you can never be sure that everything works with everything. This means you can sometimes get some weird error messages or break your WordPress because of compatibility problems.

Not everything can be solved without coding

As always knowing a bit of HTML and CSS does go a long way, but knowing PHP and JavaScript go even longer. This means that not everything can be solved (yet) in WordPress without knowing at least some code. But who knows, maybe in the future even this will be possible.

Conclusion

In conclusion, WordPress is a powerful tool for any online business. From small startups to large companies, the cost of using WordPress is cheaper than most popular site creators, and thanks to its open-source you are allowed to do whatever you want with it. Using this platform now will save you from paying more in the future, especially if your business continues to grow and you need to start expanding the functionality and integrations of your site.

Comment below and tell us what you think about WordPress and how long have you been using WordPress or if you’ve moved to another CMS completely.

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