WordPress is now powering approximately 12% of all websites on the Internet today. We've listed the top 5 benefits of using WordPress in case you're wondering if it's the best for you!
The WordPress framework is known for its 5 minute install. It might be the easiest and quickest install of any open source software package on the internet! All you need to do is download the package, unzip, upload, change config file, and run the install file. All this takes under 5 minutes...we timed it! Even those without the tech knowledge can do this without hassles. Some hosts even have a one click install that does it for you.
Once you install WordPress to your favorite Wordpress web hosting service you can change the theme/design easily. It comes with a default theme which is pretty simple, but you'll want to make it more unique with something styled to your own concept. This is easily done by going to your WordPress control panel and clicking on the appearance tab and then the themes tab. You can search for themes by topic or keyword from here and install within a few seconds. If you have a restaurant, insurance agency or many other types of business - there are tons of themes that will match your business type. You can also change up the design within minutes! No need to pay a web developer or designer.
Hosting a website that is based on WordPress is extremely cheap! You can find some of the best web hosting from a wide range of providers such as BlueHost, iPage, or DreamHost. Sometimes you can find a BlueHost coupon for as low as $3.95/month when you prepay for a 2 year term - less than $100 for 2 years of hosting! Usually, these deals only apply for the initial payment term and then you renew at regular rate. Hosts such as BlueHost or iPage come with an install called SimpleScripts which allows you to install with the click of a button.
With WordPress as your platform you don't need to know any HTML code to design the content pages. You can use the easy WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get). From here you can write your page content as if you're using a word processor such as Microsoft Word. It's also easy to insert images, links, video, and much more to make your pages content rich! Your friends, family, and colleagues will think you're a designer!
Along with the hosted themes for WordPress there is also an area for hosted WordPress Plugins. You can go to the plugins area in the backend and search for various plugins to meet your needs. This can range from SEO, analytics, comment spam blockers, and tons more! Some of our favorites are the Akismet plugin to block spam, Homepage Excerpts which shortens the posts on the homepage, and other plugins that let you integrate with Facebook and Twitter.
Overall, WordPress is one of the most inexpensive and easiest to use content management system on the web today which is why it's grown as fast as it has.