If you had asked that question just a few years ago, the answer would likely have been, “a blogging page.” That’s pretty much how it started out when it was launched a little over a decade ago, but in the intervening years it has become a great deal more than “just” a blogging platform.
Because of its ease of use, its multitude of tools and formatting options, and its intuitive navigation, WordPress has rapidly risen to a place as a full-fledged CMS (content management system) for creating websites. In fact, it is currently the platform for a full quarter of the top ten million websites in the world.
WordPress is entirely free to users, although additional options, plugins, and features can be purchased for a price.
Why Users Like WordPress for Websites
WordPress has certainly made a rapid rise to the top of the heap as a CMS for website building, and undoubtedly the biggest reason is its intuitive ease of use. Even people who are not highly “techie” can fairly easily navigate the dashboard and begin building the components of a website.
Nobody using WordPress needs to know programming languages or other “geek” specialties, because the platform itself is build to do that work for you. You can use a visual editor (putting text and images and links and videos exactly where you want then) and the WordPress site posts the page looking exactly how you built it. (The coding happens behind the scenes, and you never have to worry about it, or even know about it.)
WordPress also offers hundreds of different tools that you can “plug in” to perform various functions, once again without ever having to worry about coding or programming or how it works.
You can choose from among more than two thousand themes that give sites unique appearances, and once you choose a theme, you can easily customize that one to your own liking.
Want to connect your website to your Facebook page? No problem; just add the Facebook widget, and visitors to your website will be able to follow your Facebook page and view recent posts.
Want your website visitors to be able to share content to Reddit or Pinterest or Twitter or any of a dozen networking sites? No problem; the “sharing” option in the WordPress dashboard lets you drag-and-drop the buttons you want onto your pages for easy access by visitors. Those are just a couple examples of functions that can be easily handled by a WordPress user without a lick of “technical know-how.”
Another amazing built-in function of WordPress is its SEO indexing tools, meaning it optimizes content for you to ensure that search engines can easily index your site. If you are using WordPress for a business website, that is a critical element!
Even Programmers Are Using WordPress
If you had any concerns that WordPress might be just the “second best” option, or even an indication that youdon’t know programming, you should know that many highly qualified programmers and web designers actually use WordPress! It’s not because they “don’t know how” to build from scratch. It’s because WordPress is just that good.
A programmer might do some fancy work on the side, creating their own plugins to fit with the WordPress site they build, but ultimately they recognize that there is no sense ignoring a ready-to-use high quality platform that can save them hundreds of hours in designing a website!
So when you choose WordPress to create your own blog or website, you can definitely count yourself in good company.