There are many different ways of building a website or blog. WordPress is just one of a multitude of different options available to you, so you might be wondering why you should choose it over alternatives like Joomla or Squarespace.
I love WordPress, and in this article I wanted to explain a little bit about why that is the case and why I think you should choose it over one of the many other website builders and content management systems out there.
The two different types of WordPress
Before we go any further, let’s clear up a small point that often confuses people who are new to WordPress…
There are essentially two different types of WordPress:
- WordPress.com – a hosted platform that allows you to build a website or blog, which is then hosted on WordPress servers.
- WordPress.org – the place where you can download the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and then install it on your own hosting space.
The second option is the best one because it gives you complete control and ownership of your site.
Why choose WordPress?
WordPress is extremely flexible
Arguably the best thing about WordPress is the huge amount of flexibility it offers. From simple brochure sites through to complex eCommerce sites storing thousands of products, it can all be created using WordPress.
WordPress is good for SEO
WordPress can be easily optimised for the search engines. You can also use plugins like Yoast SEO to optimise your site’s content and make it rank higher in search engine results.
There is a huge support community
The sheer popularity of WordPress means that there is a huge support community. If you get stuck with something, there are mountains of resources and tutorials available online to help you out and show you what to do – and of course I’m here to help you every step of the way.
WordPress is easy to use – and easy to maintain
Once you’ve mastered the basics, WordPress is incredibly simple to use. In addition, the page builder I use on all my websites empowers you to easily make changes to your site yourself (like updating text and images).