Why use WordPress when there are countless ways today to build a website?
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So why use WordPress?
If you type the question above into the all-knowing Google, you’ll have many blogs with countless reasons on why you should opt for WordPress. But you don’t need so many reasons, you just need a few that matters. Here are a few reasons that should help you make up your mind:
1) Build a site within your budget
As we saw earlier, there are many ways to build a website. And you can find a good developer with a little bit of research. But the cost of developing a website could vary from as low as $2,000 for a simple website to $20,000 or higher depending on the complexity that you need. This is the case of one-time costs. A good developer could charge anywhere from $25 to $75 or more per hour based on their experience. Of course you could bargain for lower prices, but you get what you pay for.
With WordPress, you get to set up a complete website prototype in under 5 minutes. You don’t have to worry about complexity because the admin area is pretty much laid out for you. All you need to look at is the functionality that you desire. And mostly, you won’t need a developer to set it up. WordPress is beginner-friendly and makes it so easy to install that you can do this part on your own. Or chances are that your web host’s cPanel that you get has it all ready to set up in under a few clicks.
2) A theme for every look
The WordPress repository is teeming with themes of different styles and layouts. You can filter the themes using the built-in Feature Filter and choose a theme with a layout that you need. Choose a subject, the features and the type of layout you want, and you’ll get a number of free themes to choose from. Most of the themes support mobile devices, so you do not have to worry about device compatibility.
Of course, there might be customization that you need, but you can get a developer to do that now as a large part of the work is already done for you. Or you may find that some of the themes have a paid upgrade which includes the customizations that you require. You also have the option of Page Builders with drag-and-drop interfaces if you choose to do the layout on your own.
Alternatively, you could also choose to pick up a paid theme from a place like Themeforest, which comes with a license and full developer support.
3) A plugin for every need
You’ve now got the layout and design out of the way. Now you need the functionality added. Again, WordPress plugin repository has a plugin for practically everything that you can think of. Search by keyword (for example, SEO), and pick up one from the list of plugins that will suit your requirement.
Plugins have their statistics such as the number of active installations, user rating, compatibility with your WordPress version and the most recent update (which tells you if it is still being supported by the developer), which can help you drill down further. If you do not find one that you like, you can look for a paid plugin from places like CodeCanyon that may suit your needs.
4) Huge Community Support
WordPress is not the only “Content Management System” (CMS) around that can help you build a website. But it has a huge community of developers behind it contributing to the code every year. This includes code updates, security fixes, bug fixes, etc. Your WordPress installation will always be supported, and for free, and you have support from experts who will answer your questions. You will have to get support for your theme and plugins; but if you chose them wisely, then your support requirements will be minimal.
If you’re a business looking to expand your reach using a website, then you should definitely give WordPress a try.
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