You’ll hear from some people that WordPress is a conglomeration of a lot of software added by hundreds if not thousands of different software developers and you should use something else. WordPress is the biggest content management system in the world today with over 60% of all sites using it. There’s a reason for that.
There are over 36 thousand plugins you can get to enhance your blog, its design and functionality or to sell things. There’s even a nifty index plugin that was recently launched.
If you’re reading this post, you’re probably already using WordPress on a self-hosted blog and we congratulate you. We are asked so often about migrating a blog from Blogger, WordPress.com, Weebly, LiveJournal, etc. so they can have access to the power of plugins. One of the most common complaints is, “You get all the help and we have to do it all by hand.” Nuff said.
People too often think of WordPress as a blogging platform and it IS that but it’s the content management system that makes it special. WordPress can work for blogs, we all know that but there are millions of websites that use WordPress to create fully functional websites. Marks and Spencer uses WordPress for their online shoppers. So does Blackberry for it blog and Target and Linkedin’s blog. There are smart people behind these brands!
A big draw for a lot of people is that the WordPress software is free and that’s always a pull but it’s what it does that would make it worthwhile paying for if you ask me. If you have a developer, all the source code is available to study or modify as you’d need to. Think of it as community software with large groups of people available to offer advice or help if you get stuck trying to do something.
Finally, WordPress is easy to use. You don’t need a degree in geek to get from no website to a website that pushes your point across the world or sells all the doohickeys sitting on your shelves.
If you’re not on WordPress, think about migrating.