Ramil Gasimov

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Is WordPress the best CMS for Web development?

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Certified Bookkeeper, Web designer, and digital marketer who believes in the value of sharing experience and knowledge with others!

I have been getting many questions about WordPress (WP) lately from friends and family. Most of the questions are about whether if WordPress is safe to build a website. How is it different than other CMS’s, and what kind of websites can you build with it? I will try to answer all these questions as much as I can. So here we go.

We all know that it is essential for businesses to have an online presence to survive in a competitive business world. Especially in the new era of the internet, this will be an inevitable truth for individuals too.

Applying for a job through a resume and a cover letter will not be enough anymore in our new digitalized world. Companies will look for new assets; they will want to know more about you before the interview. 

If we consider that today in 2020, we all work from home, do different activities such as shopping, training, learning, etc., predictions above are expected. 

With all these being said, most people will most likely stress that not everyone is a web designer, and not everyone has a knowledge of HTML5, CSS, etc. So the question is, what will happen to those who don’t have all these assets? 

Well, that is where WordPress (WP) comes in. If you are spending enough time on the internet, browsing, reading blog posts, shopping, etc., I am sure that one way or another, you have heard of WordPress, or you already know of WordPress. If you have not heard of it, then in this blog post, I will provide a brief introduction to WP and explain why it is better than other CMS’s.

What is WordPress?

WP (WordPress) is a free open source CMS (Content Management System) written in PHP and paired with MySQL and MariaDB database. Since it is open-source, any developer in the WP community can easily update and modify it. And this allows WP to be continuously updated to suit our needs in a fast-changing digital world. It was first used for blogging only; however, it evolved to support other web content types. Nowadays, with the added features, free Templates, and Plugins, you can create almost any kind of websites such as Forums, Membership sites, Online Stores, LMS  (Learning Management System), and of course, Portfolio and Resume/CV website as well.  

Why WP (WordPress) better than other CMS’s

Firstly, as mentioned above, WordPress CMS is open-source and free. It powers 38.5% of the internet. With that being said, 1 in every four websites is most likely a WP website, and over one million posts are being published on WordPress every day. Also, it is easy to use, with the worldwide community to ask for help anytime needed. With the help of free and paid Plugins and templates, you can easily design powerful websites. 

WordPress vs. Competition (Drupal and Joomla)

There are tons of CMS (Content Management System) out there, other than WP. What makes WP different and better than its competitors is that most of those CMS Softwares require some technical knowledge. 

For example, Drupal and Joomla are similarly free to download and use as well. They also come with add-ons, and you can customize them to suit your needs. However, unlike WP, Drupal and Joomla require HTML5, CSS, in some cases, even PHP knowledge. But, WordPress can be used by both experienced and inexperienced (beginners) users. Therefore, beginners with no knowledge of HTML5, CSS, MySQL, Javascript, PHP, etc., can easily set up a quick website using WordPress. Especially with page builder plugins such as Elementor page builderDivi Theme and page builderBeaver Builder, etc., users can quickly build any website just by dragging and dropping elements. 

Other than that, as the website evolves and its needs change, a website owner and CMS user might need to replace their current CMS to manage more dynamic and different websites. Of course, this would be very inconvenient, time-consuming, and in some cases, even pricy as well. 

However, with the features mentioned above, such as plugins and themes, the site owner can change the functionality and the feel of their website with just a few clicks whenever they want to change them or add new functionality to the websites. 

Additionally, WP websites usually rank high. As we all know, searchability is vital to rank high in google and in other search engines. Therefore, it is essential to be SEO ( Search Engine Optimization) friendly to have an online presence. If we consider that most internet users use their phones to search, read, do shoppings, etc., mobile responsiveness is one of the main factors to rank high on google search engines. Therefore, WP is continuously updated, and also, it has a variety of plugins for optimizing SEO for content and making the website mobile responsive. As a result, all these reasons make WordPress flexible, adaptable, and easy to learn. 

Is WordPress Good and Safe to build a website?

Now there are misconceptions about WordPress as well. For example, one of the misconceptions is that since it is open-source and free, it may not be good enough to build a website. To disprove this myth, I would like to share the five most popular websites with you.

 Most famous websites built with WP includes but is not limited to;

The New Yorker  

thenewyorker 1

 

MTV News

mtvnews

 

BBC America 

bbcamerica

 

Mercedes – Benz 

mercedes

 

Pulse by Target 

targetpulse

 

Read more about the biggest brands in the world, using WordPress actively.  

Another misconception about WP is that it can easily be hacked. Since WordPress is the largest CMS platform used on the internet, it is most likely to be attacked and infected by hackers and viruses. According to Sucuri’s report, out of 34271 infected websites, 83% of them use WordPress. However, these do not mean that WordPress websites are not safe.

First of all, it is important to understand that all websites can be hacked. WordPress websites can be hacked or infected, as well. However, the WP community continually updates its platform and offers many security options. According to Sucuri’s report, 39.3% of the WordPress websites that got infected were due to the platform’s outdated installations. Therefore, make sure to update installations on time to avoid getting your website infected or hacked. 

All in all, WordPress has all the necessary tools and features a webmaster would need to build a website and share their contents from wherever they are in the world easily. If you are thinking of launching your WordPress website, consider a hosting provider that offers WordPress hosting for you to save time and access your WordPress dashboard through your account. For reference, WordPress recommends three hosting companies on its official website. Those are SiteGroundDreamHost, and BlueHost

 

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