4 Reasons Why Your Site Should be Built in WordPress
So you’re looking for a new website, you’ve found a good designer, and he mentions something to you called WordPress. You may then find yourself wondering what WordPress is and why you should use it for your business’ website. Simply stated WordPress is a content management system (cms) that is built, maintained, and updated by hundreds of web developers around the world. Its an open source software which means that it’s built by volunteers and distributed to anyone and everyone for free. That being said, there are many benefits to building your website in open source software other than the price tag, and the goal of this article is to give you just 4 reasons why your site should be built in WordPress.
Web Design Standards Never Hurt Anybody
You may have had this experience before in the past. You hired a designer, he built an awesome looking site, and after a few years you realized that it had grown old and you wanted to update it. You either called him back or called one of his competitors to inquire about giving your site a much needed design refresh. Next thing you know you’re being told that your current site is too old and needs to be scrapped because none of their developers understand the code it was written in. You need to start from scratch and build everything all over again. You strongly insist that they don’t throw it all away and make you learn some new software all over again, but they persist. Finally you give in and are forced to not only learn to use new software, but you could possibly have to go through the same problem again in a few years.
Enter WordPress. WordPress is an extremely popular framework amongst developers and it’s almost a 100% guarantee that whoever you go with for your next project will have developed previous projects in it before. The reason for this is because WordPress was developed with standards in mind. It was created to avoid situations like the one above, and to empower developers to do things much easier which were previously really hard to do. With WordPress your website is powered by the powerful frontend and backend tools built directly into the system which are then utilized by developers in the creation of WordPress themes and plugins. When it’s time to refresh the design of your site you simply develop a new theme, test it, and then launch. All of your previous content remains except with the new style provided by the new theme.
Frequent Updates Keep Your Website Safe
As you can probably tell from the pictures above WordPress has changed quite a bit over the past few years. The reason this is a good thing is because it means that WordPress as a system does not lay around for years and fall behind the latest safety standards and best practices. WordPress adds new features periodically as well, but not too often so as to allow for security vulnerabilities. With a WordPress powered website and a good developer you can rest assured that your website will be safe from attacks and hacking schemes.
Features, Features, & More Features
WordPress also offers something many other systems don’t which is frequently adding new features. For instance in version 4.4 WordPress will release its new REST API which allows for external sources to easily pull data from your website to be used elsewhere such as in mobile apps, and crm software. This feature alone was in development for over 3 years before it was ever merged into WordPress’ core files, so you can be assured that much work has gone into making it safe and practical for developers and business owners like you.
A Strong Global Community
Finally the last and possibly best thing about WordPress is the extensive community of developers it has which means no more hopelessly wandering the earth in search of a developer who can work with your existing site! Developers are the backbone and foundation of the WordPress framework and without them this amazing experiment would not exist.
The Bottom Line
WordPress is simply one of the best solutions you can go with for your website. There are as always many things to consider when choosing the right software for your business’ needs, but in the long run you just need something that works, can be updated by anyone, and is subject to change. WordPress is an all around easy to use software that will help your business to succeed online better than any other. Just remember these are only 4 reasons why your site should be built in WordPress. In the following articles we will continue to give you more.