There are a lot of options when it comes to open source content management systems, but here are six reasons why I like to use WordPress.
- 1) Easy installation
I have developed and used quite a lot of different content management systems in the past. I can honestly say that I have had the least amount of problems installing WordPress. I always seemed to have directory permission issues that would error out installations and error messages that weren’t very descriptive, requiring me to hunt down issues. With WordPress I have not had these issues. (Crossing my fingers)
Also, since there are so many shared hosting providers that offer WordPress as a preferred CMS, they have great tools to help with installation. One example is Dreamhost.com’s one-click installs.
- 2) Templates Galore
I can write some basic PHP, CSS & HTML but designing and building an entire template just isn’t in my wheelhouse. After all, I am a digital marketer, not a designer or developer. Lucky for people like me, there are a huge number of pre-built templates available for free and purchase. The current theme for this site, I purchased at wpbandit.com. For a small cost of $45, I have a nicely designed responsive site design. BAM!
- 3) Powerful administration
Like most polished CMS systems you can control your site configuration, posts, pages, menus, comments, SEO settings, Themes, user accounts, etc.. right from the admin console. Plus, if you need to make a quick HTML fix to your template, you can do that right through an editor in the admin. Not that I would recommend it.
- 4) Customization
Since the inclusion of custom content types I have grown to love WordPress even more. You can now create any form of content record you want. Say for example you want to create a section of song records. With each record displaying the song title, band, and a link to the song for download. You can do exactly that with custom content types right through the admin. Now, you will need to modify your theme to support this special content template but it doesn’t require any database modifications of hard PHP programming to implement.
- 5) Plugins
There are over 24,000 official plugins supported for WordPress. These range from social media sharing systems to complete site backup solutions. If you need something special for your site, chances are someone has already built it.
- 6) Updates
Wordpress is constantly being updated and unlike a lot of other solutions you are alerted when the new updates are available When you wish, you can very easily initiate the upgrade right in the admin console. Now you need to realize that not all of your plugins may function correctly with the new version, so test them after each update.