10 Reasons WordPress Is The Best CMS

10 Reasons WordPress Is The Best CMS

Hopefully I’m not preaching to the choir here but WordPress is the most popular content management system on the internet right now. It currently has over 50% market share and newer incarnations of the platform have made it easier than ever to run professional websites with more power and greater ease than ever before.

10 Reasons WordPress Rules Over Them All

1) Themes

There are over a thousand themes in the WordPress directory and thousands more available through third parties.

The WordPress template system also makes it very easy to get your site up on WordPress and you could always hire a developer to get your site running on WordPress. To help developers create better WordPress themes, Automatic, the company that oversees the development of WordPress, put together the _s WordPress theme.

2) Plugins

WordPress has quite possibly the largest plugin repository of all its open source companions. The abundance of filters and hooks made available to developers make it easy to accomplish pretty much anything you can dream up. Because a majority of these plugins are free and easy to install, you no longer need to go back to your developer to add functionality to your site.

3) Support

I’ve yet to have a problem that has not already been addressed in the support forums or that I couldn’t find the answer to on Google. The great thing about WordPress is you get all the benefits of its giant community. Both the support forums and the WordPress community, through their network of blogs and social media communications, put hundreds if not thousands of support threads at your fingertips.

The WordPress documentation is in constant development by the WordPress community and core team. WordPress provides an extensive list of functions and template tags to help you make optimum use of it’s core functionality and extend it beyond its native capabilities. Furthermore, a majority of the functions, template tags and filters in the codex come with working examples to help get you moving.

4) Security

WordPress is one of the most secure Content Management Systems because of how easy it is to update. The community works hard to test all new features and developers are actively responding to feedback. As of the latest version of WordPress, the software will automatically update for minor releases to make sure you are always protected.

5) Flexibility

WordPress can be pretty much whatever you need it to be. More CMS and community driven features in the newest versions have created nearly endless possibilities when it comes to how your site can function. You can use it as a communitya foruman e-commerce sitea gallerya portfoliomicro-blogging servicean intraneta directory and pretty much whatever you can think up. Check out this talk I gave at the Boston Tech Meetup entitled Did WordPress Do That?.

6) Affordability

WordPress is part of the Open Source initiative which basically means it’s developed by a bunch of volunteers for free. This initiative helps keep the software and most of it’s community developed plugins and themes free for you and the rest of the internet. This allows us to iterate faster with fewer limitations.

7) SEO

You will ultimately need a properly formatted theme that makes best use of all the search engine benefits WordPress has to offer. Right out of the box WordPress can more than handle itself when it comes to search engine optimization however plugins like WordPress SEO solidify the platform among the best in the industry. Don’t believe me? Matt Cutts of Google stated

WordPress takes care of 80-90% of (the mechanics of SEO)

The rest is up to your awesome WordPress theme and unique and valuable content. Be sure to check our the rest of his video to hear him go on about WordPress and it’s awesomeness.

8) Social Media Integration

With businesses “jumping on the bandwagon” and starting blogs to support their online identities, many have created blogs as sub-domains pointing to free services like Blogger and WordPress.com. The coolest thing about putting your whole site in WordPress is you can

  • Manage ALL of your content in one place
  • Create a unified look and feel between your website and blog

With hundreds of free social media distrubition methods in the WordPress plugin directory you are only a few clicks away from making your website social media friendly. WordPress also manages your site’s trackbacks and RSS formatting so your site can be easily pinged, indexed and retrieved in all the many ways the internet goes about distributing your content.

9) Standards Compliant

What does this mean? Well web standards are a sort of best practices when it comes to proper web design and development. Multiple variations of HTML code could be used to compile a single website. These best practices work to make that code easily accessible by all browsers and web readers in a web language everyone agrees on. The WordPress team has worked very hard to be sure the software meets these standards for you so you can focus on your business.

10) Ease Of Use

Everything in WordPress was put there to make your life easier. Every feature in WordPress has been well thought out and the core developers only add features that benefit a majority of it’s users. This is what sets WordPress apart from its competitors.

  • It’s easy to install
  • It’s easy to modify
  • It’s easy to create content

You can even upgrade your themes, plugins and whole WordPress install with just one click of a button.

Conclusion

The number one reason I use WordPress is because of the community. The community pumps out new services, plugins, themes, tutorials and documentation faster than you can blink an eye. I have a harder time keeping up with WordPress than using it sometimes.

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Jon Bishop

Jon Bishop is the Manager of Creative Technology at AMP Agency. Jon maintains several plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, helps run the Boston WordPress meetup and spends the rest of his time blogging at JonBishop.com and the AMP Agency blog.

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