Are you considering WordPress for your new website? In this brief WordPress review, we outline the pros and cons of WordPress to help you make an informed decision. By the end of this blog post, you should be able to decide whether it is the correct CMS platform (content management system) for your business website.
If you are determine that WordPress is a perfect fit for you, well welcome to the club. WordPress is the most popular content management system for business websites throughout the world. Companies like Sony Music, Time Magazine, Vogue, CNN Press Room, The White House, Observer, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, Spotify Newsroom, Microsoft News, New York Post, Ted Blog, to name just a few, use WordPress CMS for their website platform. Around 37% of websites, currently on the world wide web are built using WordPress which is over one third of all websites in the world.
So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using WordPress to build your website.
Advantages of Using WordPress
Cost-Effective – One of the biggest pros of WordPress is that the software is open-source and completely free. Sure, you may have to pay for a domain name, website hosting and a good web design agency, if you want it built correctly. However, you will not paying anything to use the software, which, in the case of ‘proprietary software’ like Joomla, Shopify or Magento, can run in hundreds of euros per year.
Creating Content is a Breeze – If you can use a Word Processor, you can create, edit and manage content on WordPress. With the user-friendly block editor, you can create complex layouts even if you don’t have any technical expertise. Simply click on and begin typing to add text. If you want to add a button or image, just add blocks.
Good for Any Kind of Website – You can use WordPress to build any type of website including a blog, an e-commerce website, a booking website, a brochure website, a social network, a forum, a portfolio website, a membership website and more. WordPress is extremely flexible and scalable, which means you can start small if you like and then expand your site as your business grows.
You are in Control – When you build a self-hosted WordPress website, you have complete control over your site including all of the data and code. Your data is stored on a hosting service you choose, not on a third-party server. This means that should you choose to move your website to another host, which is NOT the case with many proprietary website builders.
SEO-Friendly – WordPress is SEO-friendly right out of the box. It offers several SEO features and an array of options for publishing content. In addition, you can optimise your site using SEO plugins that offer advanced SEO features such as robots.txt, XML sitemaps, permalinks, meta titles, meta descriptions, authorship programme and more.
Finding a Web Designer is Easy – There is no shortage of WordPress web designers in Ireland. No matter what your budget or requirement are, you can easily find a developer to build a website for your business. But of course keep in mind ‘YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR’. So for best results, be sure to hire a reliable and experienced web design agency like Insight Multimedia.