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Why WordPress is the Greatest Thing Ever!

Posted by Nathan Giesbrecht on May 24, 2012 in Web Design, Web Development

I’m often asked my opinion on web-related matters. Lots of the time, they’re rather simplistic questions like “where should I host my website” (The answer is: me), or “how do I get more traffic” (the answer again: SEO by me). But one that comes up more and more often is “why should I use WordPress”?

Why you should use WordPress

The Stats

I’m a big fan of numbers and stats, so I’ll start there. According to TechCrunch, WordPress now powers 15% of the World’s top 1,000,000 websites. That may not seem impressive at first, but if you think about how many of those sites are built with proprietary code (ie. Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc.) it becomes clearer that WordPress is a major player in the more generic “content” type websites. This survey found that of all the websites who used a content management system (CMS) that was publicly identifiable, 54% used WordPress. That’s rather impressive, especially when you factor in the huge number of players in the CMS field. If that many of the top websites in the world are using WordPress, it’s a pretty good bet that you should be too. Especially when you consider that the core platform itself is FREE!

WordPress is Easy to Use

WordPress is incredibly easy to use, even for people who aren’t inclined to using technology. The back end writing system is beautiful, elegant, easy to navigate, and easy to understand. The writing interface itself is quite similar to a common Word Processor, so users who can use MS Word can generally move into WordPress without needing a whole lot of detailed explanation. After logging in, you can start writing a new Post or Page with a single click. Uploading media is equally easy. Custom Post types allow you to format and organize detailed information sets exactly how you like.

WordPress is Powerful

While WordPress’ simplicity is probably what gets most people started with the platform, it’s incredible power is what keeps most people coming back. Once you delve into the world of WordPress Development, you realize that it can be customized to do pretty much anything you want it to. Even without diving into your themes code, the super simple built-in Plugins system lets you add all kinds of functionality with just a few clicks.

WordPress is highly customizable

Custom Post Types allow you to move away from just “Posts” and “Pages”, towards things like Movies, Projects, or Products. Custom Taxonomies let you organize your content as you see fit, not just labelling things with Tags, and Categories. Custom Fields let you attach any kind of data you’d like to your content. It’s easy to add a Price, URL, or address fields to your content, so that information can be formatted in a specific way. As an example, let’s say you have a movie review site. You could
add a Movies Custom Most Type, with a Genre Custom Taxonomy, and a Rating Custom Field. This makes working with your data easier, as your review, genre, rating, description and title would all be store separate from one another.

WordPress keeps itself up to date

The Update system in WordPress might be it’s most attractive feature. New features and functionality are added constantly. And the simple updates interface does it all for you with a few clicks. Most of the time these updates will work seamlessly with your theme (as long as you haven’t mucked around in the Core code!) and other plugins. However, from time to time the WordPress crew will deprecate certain functions in favour of better new functions. This too is often handled by the Theme developer through a Theme Update. If your theme is not under active development however, you may find yourself having to hire a WordPress developer.

These are just a few of the reasons WordPress is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I hope this convinces you that WordPress is the platform you should be using. If you’re already convinced, and you’re looking for WordPress hosting, I’d recommend And yes, that’s a shameless plug.

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