Why You Should be Using WordPress

Are your web developers writing code that already exists and charging you an arm and a leg for what they want you to think is 'proprietary'? If so, you're being cheated and way overpaying for your web site!

In an article published by WPbeginner.com in June 2014, they tell you exactly why WordPress is the way to go, and why you shouldn't be taking out a loan to get a quality, professional web site for your company. Since I couldn't have said it any better myself, I've posted excerpts from their article below. DMA has included some additional comments that are italicized.

Why You Should Use WordPress?

Often beginners ask us: Why should I use WordPress? Isn’t my old site good enough? Why do I need to switch to WordPress? If you’re asking these questions, then you’re at the right place. In this article, we have compiled a few reasons why you should use WordPress, in what ways you can use WordPress, and who is using WordPress.

People often make the mistake of classifying WordPress as just a blogging platform. Although that used to be true in the past, WordPress has evolved through out the years into a versatile content management system (CMS). While you can still use WordPress to create a simple blog, now it also allows you to create fully functional websites and mobile applications.

Due to it’s robust features, many of the top brands use WordPress to power their websites including but not limited to: Time Magazine, Google, Facebook, Sony, Disney, LinkedIn, The New York Times, CNN, eBay, and more.

Let’s take a look at why you should use WordPress.

WordPress is Free as in Freedom

WordPress is a free software, this means you are free to download, install, use and modify it. You can use it to create any kind of website. It is also open source which means the source code of the software is available for any one to study, modify and play with.

Due to the nature of open source, WordPress is a community software. It is maintained by a large group of volunteers the majority of whom are WordPress consultants with active interest in growing and maintaining WordPress. Anyone can contribute to WordPress by writing patches, answering support questions, writing plugins, creating themes, translating WordPress and updating documentation.

By using WordPress you become part of that awesome community. You get free support from other community members, download free plugins and themes, and once you have little experience with WordPress you can even contribute back to the community.

WordPress is Easy to Use and Learn

WordPress is used by millions of people and almost every day new people are joining the WordPress community by creating their first WordPress powered websites. The reason why people quickly adapt to WordPress is because it is fairly easy to use.

DMA offers tutorials to all of its clients utilizing the WordPress platform and is available for technical support any time.

WordPress is Extendable by Using Themes and Plugins

Most people using WordPress are neither web designers nor programmers. As a matter of fact most folks start using WordPress without any prior knowledge of designing websites.

The reason why WordPress is such an ideal candidate is because there are thousands of free templates (themes) to choose from, so you can give your website any look you want.

WordPress is super flexible and can be extended by using plugins. Just like themes, there are thousands of free and premium plugins available for you to use (What is a plugin?). Not only these plugins can add extra functionality to WordPress, there are lots of plugins which can add a whole new platform to your WordPress site.

DMA can build a customized web site from scratch, but recommends using a template which already has most of the code in place. Because WordPress is so versatile, it is easier and more cost-effective to modify the existing code in order to make your web site unique. Why re-invent the wheel?

WordPress is Search Engine Friendly

WordPress is written using standard compliance high quality code and produces semantic mark up which makes your site very attractive to search engines.

DMA uses SEO Plugins to include this service in your initial web site design—whereas many web design companies charge an additional fee for this service or may not offer it at all.

WordPress is Easy To Manage

WordPress comes with built-in updater that allows you to update your plugins and themes from within your WordPress admin dashboard. It also notifies you when there is a new version of WordPress is available, so you can update it by just clicking a button.

DMA manages all of the updates for you and backs up your web site content for you with our hosting plan, so you never have to be bothered. It's a part of our annual hosting package service, so there are never any unexpected fees.

WordPress is Safe and Secure

WordPress is developed with security in mind, so it is considered quite safe and secure to run any website. However, just like the real world, the internet can be an uncertain place.

DMA offers an additional security with a Wordfence Plugin specifically designed to work with the WordPress platform. There is a moderate annual licensing fee for the plugin and an initial set-up charge.

WordPress Can Handle Different Media Types

Using WordPress you are not just limited to writing text. It comes with built-in support to handle images, audio, and video content.

Ways to use WordPress

WordPress can be used in many different ways. It is open to possibilities. Our site is not a blog, it is more of a business resource website, and we are running it on WordPress. You can use WordPress as the following:

  • Arcade
  • Blog
  • Content Management System (CMS)
  • Gallery
  • Portfolio
  • Rating Website
  • Shopping Store
  • Video Collection Site
  • Membership Site

Note that above are just some examples of how you can use WordPress. To see how other top businesses are using WordPress, visit the WordPress Showcase.

Article source:  http://www.wpbeginner.com/why-you-should-use-wordpress/