Here at North Texas Web Design, we specialize in both custom websites as well as a variety of CMS (Content Management System) websites, custom eCommerce website development as well as custom database development and application. From a CMS perspective, we prefer WordPress more than any other CMS.
When WordPress was first launched in 2003, it was seen as primarily blogging CMS.
Even as recently as a few years ago, many web designers still thought of WordPress as best suited for blogs, and used other CMS applications for more traditional CMS websites (such as Joomla or Drupal). This is no longer the case – and from our perspective it hasn’t been for at least 2-3 years. WordPress is capable of serving as the backbone for many different kinds of websites.
In this article, we’re going to elaborate on the 10 reasons we think WordPress is the best choice for a new website in 2014.
Our Top Ten Reasons:
1. WordPress is packed with a host of Standard Features
Although WordPress continues to be easy to use, the features available for WordPress sites has grown exponentially. Menu configuration and media handling are just two good examples of things that have got steadily more better and powerful with no sacrifice made in usability.
2. WordPress’ Learning curve is Great
Creating a new page or post in WordPress is super easy and with a bit of training, can easily be learned by most clients, saving them money to have a web designer make changes for them.
At the same time, there are a ton of features available now. With WordPress, it’s OK to ignore things you don’t understand, then gradually learn as you evolve. By contrast, Joomla and (especially) Drupal, make the basics easy, but then leave you with complex documentation to achieve things that WordPress can do without blinding you with science.
3. WordPress theme selection is OUTSTANDING
There are thousands of great WordPress themes available – with many of them completely free – and more come on line daily.
However, it’s at the premium themes set WordPress apart from Joomla and Drupal. WordPress themes essentially work like web design construction kits, giving you the ability to create sites that look truly world-class – with most of the premium themes costing an average of $40 – $60!
4. WordPress makes for easy eCommerce
Whether you are selling products directly from your site, or monetizing with ads and affiliate offers, WordPress makes it easy.
Ads are easily inserted using widgets and eCommerce can be handled by a range of plugins including the popular WooCommerce.
5. WordPress Plug-ins are Superb
There are so many quality WordPress plug-ins that you’d be hard pressed to think of any functionality you cannot quickly add to a WordPress site.
Best of all, you can usually find a free plugin to do most things perfectly well. Furthermore, most plugins are downloaded, installed and configured in a matter of minutes.
6. WordPress Updates are Frequent
Because WordPress has become so popular, work on the platform never stops. While this sometimes means that keeping on top of updates can be a challenge, it also makes for a system that’s constantly evolving and improving, with new functions being added all the time.
7. WordPress Technical Support is Second-to-None
As you would expect from such a popular platform, the support community is active and huge. Aside from the dedicated WordPress support resources, you’ll find an abundance of third-party forums. You can pretty much bet that any question or problem has already been addressed, either by WordPress or by one of the forums.
8. SEO made Easy
WordPress is inherently quite SEO-friendly, with features such as the ability to automatically generate search-friendly URLS, but with the addition of a couple of plugins, such as the Google XML Site Map and the Yoast SEO, it’s become relatively easy to maintain good SEO for your website, which gives your website the best chance of good search results.
9. Setting up a WordPress site is Inexpensive
WordPress is open source, so using it costs nothing. Even with the addition of a hosting package and a premium theme, you’re still looking at very little money to get a quality WordPress site up and running. The fact that many great plugins are free helps too.
10. WordPress remains the Best Blogging platform
We’ve left this point until last as it does no harm to remember that WordPress started out as a pure blogging platform.
It remains the greatest blogging platform around. WordPress is a great choice for a new website and an obvious choice for a new blog.