5 Reasons Why WordPress is Amazing

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I have been using WordPress for almost 5 years now, and I absolutely love it! I dabbled in a few other solutions before settling on it, but once I was able to get my head around the differences between all the competing solutions and options out there, it was clear that WordPress was the winner for me…

WordPress is a versatile Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to have a fully functional, and impressive, website up in a matter of minutes. No joke! (Of course, this is setting aside the issues of customized design and detailed content. But that can follow right afterwards!)

Here are a few thoughts to consider about this powerful and versatile platform…

1. It’s free and open source…

WordPress has no upfront or ongoing costs. And open source software is cool. Basically, WordPress can be used on any personal and/or commercial projects without any restrictions. No monthly fees, no recurring costs. Just install it and go! I like the way the WordPress.org website sums it up: “…you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee.” Not bad!

WordPress being open source also means that literally hundreds of people are working on making the software better. There is a whole world of people offering suggestions, submitting improvements, advancing new features, discovering vulnerabilities (all web-based solutions have vulnerabilities), and squashing program bugs. All this might not mean that much to you, but once you understand how precarious software solutions are these days, it’s nice to know that hundreds (if not thousands) of people have got your back and are looking out for you.

2. It’s here to stay…

There are literally over 70 million websites (and counting) using WordPress.com today. And some authorities say upwards of 15% of ALL the websites in the world are running some form of WordPress. I’m not going to get into the distinction between the two forms of WordPress here (WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org), but you can definitely read about it here, if you like. I personally run the self-hosted version (found at WordPress.org) on all the sites that I create because it allows for more fine-tuned control, plugins, and customizations, but that’s not the point here. The point is, WordPress is here to stay. There are millions upon millions of users, and it just keeps growing every day.

3. It’s supported by a worldwide community of users and developers…

What do you do if your car breaks down? You get out the Yellow Pages (or other such phone directory), or hop online, and start searching for a listing of mechanics. Well, with WordPress, your “mechanic” is just a click away! If you need any extra customization for your WordPress website, it’s extremely easy to find a developer to improve its design and extend its functionality (like Moore Creative Ideas ;-)). There are tons of resources in this regard. Point is: if you need help with WordPress, you can find it.

4. It has a huge diversity of ready-made, customizable templates and themes…

Like I said, WordPress is so flexible and has so many possibilities for customization. Just check out the wealth of choices here at ThemeForest. My Word(Press), that’s a lot of themes! If you browse by subcategory on the right-hand side of that site (as of May 2013), you can narrow down your selections by type of website: Blog, Magazine, Creative, Corporate, Retail, Nonprofit, Entertainment, etc. I myself have purchased a number of things from ThemeForest and have found many items to be of high quality. One serious word of advice though: Make sure to purchase from someone that has already made a lot of sales and is active in responding to comments and support requests. That will ensure that you don’t paint yourself into a corner and have to end up getting yet another theme. Just avoid that whole drama by doing dull diligence beforehand. Also avoid the excessive use of “shortcodes“, as they tend to box you into to using a specific theme. Nonetheless, happy browsing!

Another great place to check things out is over at StudioPress, one of my personal favorites. They run all of their themes off of the Genesis Framework (mentioned earlier). Truly amazing stuff.

5. It’s easy to use…

Finally, WordPress is easy to use (especially the WordPress.com version). Once you sign up or install it (if you’re using the self-hosted WordPress.org version), and then install your theme of choice, you can almost immediately be up and running, making your first post in a matter of minutes. You can add customizations later, or as you go.

In Conclusion

WordPress is free; open source; here to stay; supported by a worldwide community of users and developers; has a huge diversity of ready-made, customizable templates and themes; and is easy to use. Why not jump on in and try it? Or if you already use WordPress, maybe you want to check out a new theme or a better approach to using themes. Whatever your needs may be, feel free to drop a comment below or just contact us with the link above. Let’s chat!