Long gone are the days where all your content lived on individual HTML pages and you would FTP to your site to update a sentence. This is probably pretty obvious, and to be honest some of you may not remember the good ol’ days of cowboy coding. Nowadays there are many content management system options that make it very easy to manage the content on a website. Most websites are usually built for one of these CMS’s as a theme or skin.
When I decided to stop living in HTML land and give a CMS a shot I decided on WordPress. WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world and is used by millions and millions of sites big and small.
To start, it’s 100% free! WordPress is an open source platform which means that all of the code that makes it up is available for free to use and tinker with. WordPress is such a robust and flexible platform that if they started charging for it tomorrow I wouldn’t think twice at the cost, but that will never be the case because it is free to use for everyone.
Another thing that makes WordPress a great option for managing nearly every type of website is that it can be customized with plugins. Plugins are packages of code that often times add new functionality to WordPress. With plugins you can easily turn your website into a store to sell your products, display and manage an events calendar, create a membership site for your community, and so so so sooooooooo much more. Plugins are a huge part of the reason WordPress is a great choice because you can add new and complex functionality to your website instead of days, weeks, or months. Like WordPress itself there are thousands of free plugins available, but there are also a number of paid plugins as well.
I know it’s cool to shun the popular way to do things, but that is one of WordPress’s biggest strengths. It is crazy popular. I’m serious here. 25% of all websites on the internet use WordPress as their content management system. This is great news for you though because with that crap ton of websites that use WordPress it means there are a lot of people who are searching for people that have experience specifically with WordPress.
For all of the reasons I have already gone over the secret weapon that makes WordPress so awesome is the community. The community consists of users, designers, developers, writers, and many more. WordPress has a very dedicated and passionate community that helps make sure that things stay up to date and secure. People are more than willing to share what they know and that is why you can usually find a quick answer on how to do something in WordPress just by googling it. There is so much information out there that you can tackle nearly every any project that comes your way.
I use WordPress not only for all of these reasons, but because it allows me to provide a great experience for the people I work with. It gives me the ability to build a complete solution at a reasonable price since I am not having to build everything from the ground up. I make nearly my entire living off of building custom WordPress themes and have a course showing you exactly how I do it. You can currently pre-order the course at a steep discount along with a bonus of a consulting call with me.
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