WordPress rules as the king of the blogging platforms and content management systems! It’s the “most popular and fastest growing publishing platform on the web” confirms CrunchBase. Of the world’s top 100 blogs in Technorati’s index, a mighty 50% use WordPress and no other platform is a close second. These were the findings of a study by Pingdom completed earlier this year. Their graphic displays more of their results:
The advantages of using WordPress.org as your publishing platform are many:
It’s so easy to publish and update your content. (If you can use MS Word, you can use WordPress.) The dashboard and visual editor are very intuitive. Your blog can be integrated into your site plus it’s the best blogging solution with an advanced CMS (Content Management System).
There’s no need to learn HTML or code.
If you think of the olden days when you had to master HTML or complex programs to publish websites online, like the olden days when all meals were prepared from scratch. (Hmm, childhood memories of whiffs of freshly baked shortbread!) In those days you had to master many skills, like making your own pastry. Remember your mother or granny kneading the ingredients? Today you can buy ready-made pastry.
A white sauce was cleverly created from just the right amount of butter, flour and milk over just the right amount of heat. Chips came from potatoes, not a frozen packet.
Very few people make their own white sauce, chips or pastry today, we buy these foods pre-packaged to save time and to make our lives easier. That’s similar to WordPress, many of the ingredients that make up the functionality of this powerful system come pre-packaged in the form of themes, widgets, plugins to save you time and to make your online life easier. And WordPress updates bring more cool and time-saving features – like the couple of clicks to create the menu for your navigation bar or being able to re-size your images.
You don’t need to be a master cook or web master to have a WordPress website.
2. It’s Free
The free open source, vast worldwide community powering WordPress continually improves the software making it more secure, adding more functionality and coolness. You’ll never be charged when you reach a certain size, it gives you access to its code and this massive open community project will continue to grow and outlive us all.
3. Good for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Search Engine Optimization is such a buzz word and rightly so – it’s vital that your website is found online. Many have tried to out smart Google’s algorithms and Google keeps adding checks to stop the gaming of their system of selecting which posts or pages reach the top of the search. There are multiple good strategies to improve your ranking in the search. One of the best practices is to post relevant and engaging content for your target market regularly. WordPress makes this very easy to do in many ways.
You can update your website from any computer, anywhere in the world and multiple users can work on your site simultaneously. (But not on the same post or page simultaneously though WordPress warns you.)
5. Complete Control
You have complete control of your website. Other blogging platforms may place adverts on your site, may not allow you to use your site for commercial purposes and could be terminated (or be taken over.)
6. Integrate with Social Media
Thanks to the ingenuity of many developers, it is very easy to integrate your Social Media with your WordPress website and spread your marketing message further than was ever possible previously. Plus engage and talk to your visitors, prospects and customers and clients.
7. Thriving Community
There’s a thriving community of WordPress developers creating themes, free or Premium (paid for) which can be customized to enhance your branding. I use Premium themes developed by iThemes because they are totally flexible and excellent.
8. Extensive Functionality
Your website is now your business center.
Plugins make your website work for you. The plugins, free or Premium, add extensive functionality to your site. (There’s a plugin for that!) From increasing your SEO (Search Engine Optimization), to adding security features, to adding audio, a poll, to making it simple to create slideshows or photo galleries, shopping carts, forums, maps, and more.
9. Internet Compliant
WordPress adheres to all the Web Standards and keeps your website Internet compliant.
Do you use WordPress for your site? Love to hear your comments or questions.
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