I work with WordPress every day. I choose it for my clients for several reasons, mainly for ease of use and teachability. It is widely expandable, and, being open source, constantly growing and grooming. With that in mind, here are three reasons that I prefer WordPress, and an article dispelling existing myths.
WordPress is Open Source
Being open source means users intimately involved with the software on a daily basis can quickly and efficiently find bugs, work around issues, and create integrations to grow the program. WordPress offers many plugins and integrations – things the creators may not have ever thought of. As a designer, this means I can focus more on the design and organization of the site I’m working on, saving my clients money through the use of existing plugins.
WordPress Updates Security Often
WordPress remains powerful through constant updates designed to nullify the latest threat to websites. Rather than hiring a webmaster to be vigilant over your site, avoiding attacks can be as simple as logging in and updating it. This is another great way WordPress saves my clients money, but only if they stay vigilant. Missing too many updates to which point something breaks is a hard way to learn this lesson.
WordPress Talks to Google
Not in a creepy “I see dead people” way. WordPress doesn’t have any backdoor deals with Google – it just speaks its language. When I move clients from other platforms, they notice an immediate influx of visitors to their sites. With a few tweaks to its default settings, WordPress blows other “free” platforms out of the water.
Many folks seem to believe WordPress is still just a blogging platform. While that is very true for WordPress.com, the main WordPress software is a CMS that powers websites in an easy-to-learn way. Check out this blog post by Creative Bloq for a better understanding of what WordPress really is (and isn’t).