The Benefits of WordPress Design

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The Benefits of WordPress as a CMS

The weekend before last WordPress had its gathering—Word Camp—up in the Bay Area. I couldn’t make up to join in but I did get to see some highlights on the internet (of course). There was even an interview with Matt Mullenweg, WordPress’s creator who continues to have a strong hand in updating the platform.

WordPress, in case you don’t know, is the leading Content Management System (CMS) used by websites on the internet (with Joomla and Drupal coming a distant second and third). Now I am not one to jump on the bandwagon at every occasion, but I really am sold by the WordPress design and often sell my clients on having WordPress websites.

What is so great about WordPress design?

WordPress is just the most user friendly intuitive CMS that you can find and, despite this superiority it is basically still free. (Though, of course, some of the templates and plug-in’s are not free.)

Once you have your WordPress design installed on your website it is easy for virtually any user, regardless of your proficiency with a computer or knowledge of web design, to add new pages to a website. If you can use a word processor, you can definitely learn to use WordPress in less than an hour.

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Now, this doesn’t mean you will understand how to create your own custom templates and manipulate all the ins and outs of your website from WordPress, but you will be able to add and edit pages which means you will basically have control of your website without having to call me in to make changes to it.

There are several other benefits to WordPress. One of which is that it is incredibly adaptable. You would be surprised how many different iterations WordPress websites can take on. WordPress can look like a simply blog or it can be a fully operational e-commerce site (with Magento or another shopping cart function installed).

Part of this is because the WordPress community is always adding new themes to WordPress, the vast majority of which have at least one free form.

In addition, Automattic, the company in charge of WordPress that Mullenweg is involved with is constantly updating WordPress (pretty much every six months or so) and sometimes making major changes to it. These continuous changes help WordPress to keep up with technological advances and to keep the system secure.

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Another thing that makes WordPress amazingly adaptable are the plethora of plug-ins that the WordPress community are always in the process of testing and adding to WordPress. These plug-ins can add a number of functions to your website so that you can make it do exactly the function you would like it to, whether it is helping to schedule client appointments or just facilitating discussions for your community.

All of this just makes for one of the best but least generally known internet platforms on the internet. Though the average joe has probably never heard of Mullenweg or WordPress, you would be hard pressed to find someone who has used the internet but not visited a website powered by WordPress. That puts WordPress on a level with PhP, Google and Microsoft for its ubiquity.

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