Well, there is a good reason for this as it is powering 39.5% of all websites according to new data, released by W3Techs.
If you have built your own website and have limited resources, you may have chosen a content management system such as Squarespace or Wix as they are great for beginners.
Quite frequently, we have businesses who have started on these sites and found they have limitations. When you are more experienced with web design, you appreciate what WordPress offers especially when you build custom websites.
Just accounting for CMS systems, WordPress has 64% of the market with Shopify coming in with a mere 3.2% of the market. The WooCommerce plugin for WordPress handles 28% of all online stores and is the internet’s most popular plugin.
When you talk to developers about websites, you will have heard the top names like WordPress, Joomla, Shopify, Magenta, Wix and Weebly. There are benefits to each, and some are used for more niche purposes.
You would only use Shopify if you were building an online store and the same goes for Magento. Other platforms have more , and those are the ones which are popular but what you choose will depend on whether you are building the platform yourself, your skill level or if you are using a developer.
WordPress has been around since 2003 and was developed by a collection of contributors. When we say the software is free, you will end up spending money and hosting will be your first expense. Hosting can vary from a few pounds to a few hundred a month for those that require speed and performance.
WordPress plugins can be free, but paid ones will often provide better features and quality support. Again, it will depend on your skill levels and what you need your plugins to do. All of these additional plugins will affect your site and may slow the download speed. They all need regularly updating, some monthly, as does WordPress, so you need to be prepared to spend time on your website.
When you download the software, you will need to manage your files and upload them through FTP. Some hosting companies will provide support and may handle the entire installation, maintenance, security and backups. You can do this through web developers like ourselves who will charge a monthly fee to take care of your site and ensure it is secure, maintained and backed-up.
WordPress is flexible and innovative
The WordPress platform originally started as a blogging platform, but it has changed irrevocably over the years with dozens of new releases making it adaptable to thousands of different business needs.
One of its advantages is that because it began life as a blogging platform, it is a fast, clean way to write and publish blogs whether you are running a site for business or eCommerce.
What can I do with a WordPress website?
The possibilities are endless. Here are a few examples:
- Business websites
- Portfolio websites
- Ecommerce sites
- Charity websites
- eLearning modules
- Job boards
- Review websites
- Personal websites
- Business directories
- Membership sites
- Q & A websites
- Non-profit websites for donations
- Auction sites
- Coupon sites
- Knowledge bases
- Media websites
Making your WordPress site into a Forum or using if for eCommerce is achieved with plugins.
At Fine Marketing, we build custom websites designed to suit your business needs and enhance your brand. We work with you to build and develop what you require for our business. A website that can grow with your business and adapt to changes when you need them. If you would like to discuss your project, we’d love to hear from you call us on 07472 422303.