Why WordPress?

The most popular Content Management System ever.

Let’s take a look at why it’s so awesome.
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Why WordPress is So Freakin’ Awesome.

Open Source

Constantly being improved by an active community.

SEO Friendly

More search friendly than many other systems.

Great for E-Commerce

Powers one of the best eCommerce solutions in the world.

WordPress is a PHP/MySQL content management system (CMS). It’s a completely open source platform which allows it to be modified by the WordPress community, meaning it’s constantly evolving and staying fresh.

Even though it didn’t start out as a major website platform, the immense benefits of creating websites on WordPress have motivated individuals, businesses and enterprises to create or transfer their websites to this system, and currently a staggering 27% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.

For many years WordPress was the platform of choice for bloggers and web designers who wanted it mostly for its blogging capabilities, but it didn’t really go further than that. Until relatively recently small businesses didn’t have an option to build impressive looking and reliable websites at a reasonable cost, and instead had to hire developers to build websites page by page, using bulky code that couldn’t easily be edited by anyone other than the developer. Since its birth WordPress has evolved into the full blown Content Management System that we see today and it’s used by millions of businesses around the world, making it the most used CMS in the world.

The most popular CMS in the world, powering everything from small blogs to multi national corporations.

Backed by an open global community of developers, designers and strategists, WordPress is an incredibly powerful and versatile Content Management System. It has quickly achieved the top spot among its counterparts due to ease of use for the end user. Importantly, that ease of use comes without compromising on quality.

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Mobile Friendly & Super Easy.

Having a mobile friendly website these days is a necessity, not an option. Thankfully there are plenty of templates on offer that support mobile devices, and any good developer will ensure all designs translate responsively (i.e respond to the size of screen they’re being displayed on). For those reasons, the most convenient starting point to make your website mobile friendly is to switch to WordPress. If your website is already WordPress but isn’t behaving properly on smaller devices, let me know and I can look at fixing it for you!

Finally, WordPress is a really powerful and easy to upgrade platform. Choosing it for your first website or switching from another CMS gives you so much freedom in future to grow it organically, offering more and more useful features for you to take a look at, as and when you need them.  The scalability of WordPress is achieved via its open architecture and plugins. Plugins are the ‘plug and play’ modules. They add more functionality to WordPress, and can be as simple as a contact form, right up to full blown eCommerce management systems. My experience has given me a wealth of knowledge when it comes to which plugins to use in given situations, and which ones to avoid.

Why WordPress?
A snapshot of global activity (https://wordpress.com/activity/)

Used by some of the World's biggest brands

Top names running WordPress include The New York Times, Spotify, TechCrunch, The White House website, BBC America, and even the Facebook Newsroom. The fact that WordPress works well for all of these different businesses is a testament to how flexible it is. WordPress can effectively act as the backend for pretty much any kind of website you can think of.

There are approx. 17 blog posts published on WordPress per second, and if you ever doubt the popularity of WordPress, how about this for a stat;

37 million global searches are made for the term “WordPress” on a monthly basis. Furthermore, real-time WordPress activity data shows that each month, there are over 409 million people viewing over 20 billion WordPress pages, with over 70 million new posts, and 77 million new comments.
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In 2017 I co-founded the official WordPress Meetup in Cardiff with the help of some fantastic volunteers. Want to learn more? We’d love to see you there!

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