One of the most common debates in the world of web development is stating what the best platform is. Everyone has their opinions and their reasonings for their decision, but today I am presenting you with five facts as to why you should jump on the WordPress bandwagon.

Why You Should Use WordPress for Your Website

 

1. It’s self-hosted.

 

What does that mean? Simply put, this means that WordPress doesn’t host your website; you have to have a third-party do it for you. For example, you can have a WordPress website hosted by GoDaddy. Why does that matter? When you have a self-hosted website, you don’t have to worry about your platform going down and everyone’s site going down with it. Squarespace, for example, is not self-hosted. Squarespace hosts and runs every Squarespace user’s website. When Squarespace has a problem or goes down, so do all of their sites, and I see this problem pop up on social media all too often. Sure the enthusiasts will have their rebuttals on why something like Squarespace is better, but personally it’s a big deal to me knowing that I have control over my own website and that it will have very little to no issues or downtime.

 

2. It can help optimize your website.

 

To be completely honest, search engine optimization is a real pain. It takes a lot of time and effort, and you have to know what you’re doing. However, on WordPress there’s a handy plugin called Yoast SEO that is used by millions. It allows you to set focus keywords, page/post titles, and page/post descriptions; then it tells you the status of your page or post optimization. Yoast SEO takes it even further by giving you tips and pointers on what you can improve to make your page or post rank better, which makes it easy for even those who aren’t tech-savvy to become one step closer to being easily discoverable on search engines.

 

3. It’s the most widely used platform.

 

There are over 76 MILLION websites running on WordPress. That’s right…million. With this wide audience comes endless support, options, themes, customizations, and so on and so forth. When you decide to jump on the WordPress bandwagon, you’ll find unlimited resources to guide you from Youtube videos, blogs, and even courses. There are hundreds of thousands of themes and even more plugins to help you make your very own, completely custom website.

 

4. It’s free.

 

This is a no brainer…why pay for something average when you can have something great for free? Of course you have to pay for hosting, but the WordPress platform itself is free. Many would probably agree that they would rather spend $4 a month on hosting than $12 a month for a very limited platform like Squarespace (oh, and that doesn’t include business e-mail either).

 

5. It has no restrictions.

 

I work exclusively on WordPress largely because it has zero restrictions. If there’s something you want, WordPress has a way to make it happen. You can code websites completely from scratch, download one plugin after another to make your site seamless and flawless, and create a design you’re in love with. A quick side story…a few months ago I enrolled in a free Squarespace trial to play around with it and see what all the hype is about. I’m going to be blunt…I HATED it! I tried to recreate my website and was hit with one obstacle or restriction after another. There’s a limit on everything, including styles, the layouts, etc. With WordPress, I know I can focus on designing my clients’ websites from scratch without worrying about if it’s possible to be developed; I can deliver my clients a one-of-a-kind website that’s tailored exclusively to their business, and that to me is worth more than anything.

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

 

Do you use WordPress? If so, what are your feelings about it? If you’re thinking about switching, what questions can I answer for you?

 

8 comments on “Why You Should Jump on the WordPress Bandwagon

  1. LOVE IT! I’m planning a post similar to this for my blog. I’ve been dealing with a lot of people who believe that WordPress is a subpar solution to their web design needs, but really, it is the most trusted platform on the web today. I mean, unless you want to par thousands and thousands of dollars to a web developer who will custom build you your very own CMS etc. A lot of businesses just don’t have those kinds of resources, and I don’t think they realize how powerful WordPress really is.

    1. afinepress says:

      What would those people say is the better solution?

      1. They think that they will be able to find a developer who can custom build a website from scratch for the price point of a WordPress website, maybe they expect an HTML/CSS website from scratch?. I’m not sure what their logic is behind it, but I’ve encountered it multiple times in the past couple of weeks.

    2. I think that those people are unfortunately uneducated about WordPress, and there are many people who think that it’s too difficult to use spreading that negativity around. However, when you hire the right designer who cleans up the backend and provides help with learning the platform, you rarely hear those complaints. I completely agree with you- WordPress is so powerful and essentially has NO restrictions, which is amazing from both a designer and developer’s stand point!

  2. Ashley says:

    Thanks for the great post! I’m new(ish) to the scene so I created a website on the fly via Wix but I’ve been considering making the switch to WordPress at some point when I have time to rebuild! Thank you for the info!

    1. You’re welcome, Ashley! There are so many great themes and tutorials floating around, that it makes it straightforward to create a gorgeous site on a budget; there are also SO many designers and developers who work with WordPress that you can also get a stunning high-quality site on a bigger budget. Good luck with the new site!

  3. You’re welcome! I highly recommend switching. Plus there are so many tutorials all over that make it easy to answer any questions you have. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I’m glad you liked the post, Kate! It really is great- I love it!

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