WordPress is one of the most commonly used CMS systems of today’s websites. It is known for its user-friendliness, flexibility, and extensive possibilities for managing websites. But what are the other advantages of a WordPress website? Let’s discuss!
Not only do small websites use WordPress, but more and more large companies are also opting for it. Unfortunately, WordPress is not a solution in all cases, or some companies prefer not to have a WordPress website on principle.
Why do we choose WordPress?
WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS). It allows you to develop and maintain a website simply. It once started as a handy CMS to create a weblog. The system is now used by many (large) companies (such as CNN, Radio 538, Ford) to manage a website, webshop, or weblog.
What are the advantages of a WordPress website?
Let’s talk about the benefits of a WordPress website. Maybe you can then make a choice yourself to start with WordPress too!
1. WordPress is free
WordPress is an open-source CMS system. It means that anyone can download it, use it or change it for free. When you pay for something, you are not allowed to make changes to the program without permission.
Open source also means it is free. There is a lot you can do with WordPress without spending extra money. Yet there are also many paid functions to expand your website and make it even more beautiful.
There are currently 2600+ WordPress themes and 31,000 plugins (free) available, which can greatly improve your website. The latter offers major cost advantages. If you want to make a complex adjustment to your website, someone has probably developed a plugin for that. This can often serve as a basis for free.
One of the most used page builders is Elementor. With the free version, you can easily build websites. The Pro version has many more features. It is smart to see what you need for your website. Sometimes it can pay off more by investing money in paid features for WordPress.
2. WordPress is easy to use
You don’t have to be a web designer or programmer to use WordPress. It is very easy to use, even for novices. Many people use WordPress without any understanding of web design. It’s very easy to add pages and create or edit new posts.
WordPress has a logical layout, and managing content is deadly easy. It is also possible to paste content from Word into the word processor of WordPress. The layout then remains the same, and the page or message can be online immediately.
WordPress is known for its user-friendliness. Anyone can (after a simple explanation) maintain a WordPress website. Posting, changing, or deleting messages is very simple through WordPress. This is also the main reason why WordPress has grown so much in popularity.
3. Thousands of free templates (themes) to choose from
Another great benefit is a theme available for every type of website. So that you can give your website any desired look. A side note here is that not all themes are kept up to date by the developers so that you can run into glitches in the future. It is imperative to be discerning when choosing a theme.
4. Free plugins make further development faster and cheaper
Furthermore, WordPress is very flexible and can be grown using plugins. As with themes, there are thousands of free (and premium) plugins available. With these plugins, you can enhance the functionality of your website. For example, you can add a webshop to your site or a plugin that regularly makes a backup of your site.
Here are the 10 most used WordPress plugins:
- Yoast SEO
Want to improve your on-site SEO? Then you must have Yoast SEO! This is considered the most important SEO plugin for WordPress.
- Contact Form 7
This plugin ensures that you can easily add contact forms to your website.
- Akismet Anti-Spam
Akismet comes standard with the WordPress installation. You just need to activate it. Akismet keeps your website spam-free!
- W3 Total Cache
Have a slow website? W3 Total Cache provides more speed!
Jetpack ensures the security and better performance of your WordPress website.
This is the most used plugin for creating webshops.
- Really Simple SSL
Really Simple SSL ensures that your website is always displayed over HTTPS (secure connection).
This is the most used page builder plugin. With Elementor, you can design your website.
Wordfence ensures the security of your website, includes an anti-malware function, and protects the login page of your website.
- MailChimp for WP
With this plugin, you can easily maintain a mailing list! Handy if you want to use a sales funnel.
5. WordPress is SEO friendly
WordPress is very friendly to search engines. In addition, there are a lot of plugins to make the system even friendlier. At the bottom of every page and message, you can enter the title, description, and keywords to make the page easier to find. The better the optimization, the better your site will be found in search engines. An important aspect when you run a (new) company that depends on being found in Google.
6. WordPress is secure and trusted
WordPress was developed with security in mind. However, due to the popularity of WordPress, sites with this CMS also become interesting for hackers and spammers. Hackers try to access the WordPress installation through various hacking techniques, misusing your website for malicious purposes. Your WordPress site can become vulnerable, among other things, by not performing updates, using weak passwords, or using vulnerable plugins. Therefore, it is essential to keep the site up to date by installing the latest wordpress version, updating plugins in time, and avoiding unreliable plugins. It is advisable to place your WordPress website with a professional and specialized website builder.
Shall we create a custom WordPress website for you?
To avoid having the same design as your competitor, you can choose to have a custom WordPress website made. At MavenUp Creative, we offer Custom WordPress Development Services that meet the needs and requirements of your company.
We would be happy to discuss your wishes with you, after which we will then start working on a website that meets these wishes. Because we know a lot about conversion optimization and SEO, your website will convert well and be found in search engines like Google. We can also take care of the maintenance afterward so that you have to spend as little time as possible on this!