Why We’ve Chosen to Use WordPress
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This website is built using WordPress – something that’s true of many other websites these days. It’s hard to get absolute statistics but it is estimated that 15 – 30% of websites worldwide are WordPress sites. We’ve also seen a figure that there were just over 72 million WordPress sites at the beginning of March 2012.
We use WordPress as the platform for our own site, and for almost all of our new client websites for a number of reasons:
WordPress is easy to install
When developing your website, we usually do the installation for you. But if you ever do need to install it yourself, it’s very straightforward – and WordPress is free to download too.
WordPress is suitable for many types of website
From its origins as a blogging tool WordPress has moved on significantly and can now form the basis for business orientated sites. It can support many useful functions like managing testimonials, managing and displaying events and calendars, supporting an active forum, etc, etc.
In fact, there is very little that WordPress can’t do now in terms of creating a website.
You don’t need to be a programmer to maintain a fully functioning website
Where we get involved in the process is to build our clients a website template (a ‘theme’ to use the WordPress term). We take your design or get one of our designer friends to create a design for you. From that design we build the theme that makes up the structure of each page on your site.
All you have to concentrate on is putting your page content together – which leads us on to…
It’s very easy to keep your website up to date
Editing and organising your pages and blog posts in WordPress is no more complicated than creating documents in a word processing package like MS Word.
And being a web based CMS it can be done from anywhere that has an internet connection – from your office, or the local coffee shop.
It’s very easy to extend your WordPress website
With the help of WordPress plugins it’s possible to build forum sites, local directory sites, consumer review sites, even an e-commerce site – the possibilities are endless.
It’s very easy to change the appearance of a WordPress site
WordPress themes control the look and feel of your site. So if you want to refresh the style of your site you can choose from thousands of free and paid-for themes or have someone like us build one for you. And as your content is kept separate from the appearance of your site, you don’t need to worry about starting all over again.
WordPress is not going away
WordPress is open-source software and is developed primarily by volunteers who care about constantly improving the capabilities of the platform. The stats quoted at the start of this post underline the popularity of the platform – it’s not going to disappear overnight. For an infographic containing many more WordPress stats see here.
Some recent posts about WordPress
- How to Find an Accessible WordPress Theme - Jan 15th, 2016
- Video: How Do I Know My WordPress Website is Accessible? - Mar 5th, 2014
- My Next Presentation at WordPress London - Jan 30th, 2014
- Specification for an accessible video/media player - Jan 13th, 2014
- Using aria-hidden to help provide better link context in WordPress Admin screens - Nov 26th, 2013
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