Why You Should Use WordPress For Your Website
What you should know before moving your WordPress website
What is WordPress
Putting it simply, WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS allows you to log in to your website and create content from a backend. When you are finished creating content either as a page or a post you can simply publish it and it will then appear on the front-end of your website.
If you are just starting out, let’s be clear. You will need a Domain Name for your website. You will also need a Host for your website and this applies to all websites. Once you have the Domain Name and Host you can then install WordPress. After applying a few settings to your new WordPress website you can begin to add content.
You run WordPress online, which means you don’t have to run any software on your PC.
So, why should you use WordPress?
Why you should use WordPress for your Website
WordPress is an affordable solution
Essentially, the WordPress platform is free. So, in reality, all you need to pay for is your domain name and hosting.
In order to get the free open source version of WordPress, you should visit wordpress.org and there you will also find a huge selection of guides. The go-to guide will be How to install WordPress.
Be aware that there is also another WordPress site wordpress.com where you can easily set everything up. However, you may find this option costly. The choice is yours to make.
If you are not au fait with general website technology and want to get some help, there’s a huge support network of WordPress Developers and Designers ready to listen. Freelancers may be a good starting point for you and you can find them at People Per Hour.
You should take security seriously. WordPress does and that’s a good reason to always make sure you are running the latest version of WordPress. You will receive a notification when there is an update available. If you check the features of the update you will almost always find a reference to security.
Having said that, you should also make sure that you are running your website with an SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer). This replaces your standard ‘http’ with the ‘https’ on your address line. Google and your viewers will be a lot happier with you for doing so.
If for some reason you feel the need to beef up your security even more then you should check out the plugins available which offer all sorts of added security such as Two Factor Authentication and lots more.
It’s worth mentioning, that you can very easily back up your website. Your back-ups should be downloaded so that you can use them to restore your website anytime you need to. Doing so on a regular basis means you’ve less chance of losing huge amounts of data.
It’s fast! WordPress has made so many improvements over the last few years to make sure that your pages load quickly. They are definitely getting it right.
That has a direct correlation with your Google ranking. Google will take a positive view of your site based purely on page load speeds. Naturally, you also need good content too!
In the process, you will reduce your bounce rates, improve the user experience, and increase conversions on your site.
Creating Content Is Easy
Without delving into the differences between pages and posts for the moment, let’s take a look at just how easy it is to create them.
To create a page/post simply ‘Add New’. Give it a meaningful title, then add content below. You can add all kinds of content and that includes images, video, social media, icons, etc. WordPress has really made life easy when it comes to adding content to your website.
Like anything, it may appear a little daunting to start with. However, after a short time, you’ll find it is very intuitive. If you have an issue with anything you can pop over to YouTube and very quickly get an answer to your problem.
Multilingual – A huge percentage of websites in the world are written in the English language. However, it’s reassuring that WordPress has provided you with support for in excess of 160 languages.
Everything but the kitchen sink springs to mind! There are plugins available for just about anything you can think of.
Need a plugin to help you out with SEO (Seach Engine Optimisation) then try Yoast Seo
How about a plugin for a booking system, invoices, recipes, image compression, back-ups, etc. I could go on but I’m sure you get the idea.
However, don’t just dive in without knowing what you are doing. There are things to look out for so feel free to read the article A Guide To Using WordPress Plugins