When WordPress first launched I completely disregarded it. In my opinion it was for website neophytes. Not for website professionals. I designed websites using Flash. Flash enabled me to created highly interactive websites that looked cool and functioned far better than anything WordPress could do. WordPress sites all looked the same. It was the cookie cutter tool for website developers. On the other hand each Flash website was a work of art.
Fast forward to today. I still love Flash. But I saw the writing on the wall a few years ago. And I now love WordPress. With all the different WP themes, plugins and the ability to customize new themes, WordPress has become the platform of choice for millions of companies. There are more powerful platforms similar to WP. Drupal comes to mind. But none of them have the variety of add-ons and customizations that WP has. Plus a WP site can be built and maintained without a high priced IT department. Which makes WP a great solutions for small to medium sized businesses.
If you spend any time on the web consuming content you can thank WordPress. It is the ubiquitous platform on which most of the web is built. And while other blogging platforms get gobbled up by larger companies for billions of dollars, WP just keeps going without much fanfare. Now in its 12th year of existence, I’m convinced WP is the best platform to build a blog or web site on, and one of the most profound pieces of software to ever be written.
The 4 Things I Love About WordPress
It makes building a web site fast and easy. Simply download the software, follow some basic instructions and away you go. Over the years the process has just gotten simpler, and today, provided you have at least some basic knowledge of website hosting, you can get a site up and running in under 5 minutes. Most hosting companies can guide you through the process
WordPress is FREE. You can download your own copy of it from WordPress.org or through any halfway decent web hosting company. This is one of the best platforms ever conceived for self-publishing is entirely free. And it gets upgraded all the time – FREE. Did I mention, it’s free.
WordPress is very flexible. Whether you’re a programming god or someone who is still confused by hash tags, you’ll find WP is a great platform. Your site can be basic or highly advanced. It can depend on the customizations or plug-ins you add. Which brings me to the next thing I love about WP.
Plug-ins. WordPress has proliferated the web so much that there are programmers who’ve written countless plug-ins to add functionality to a WP site. WP has made it very easy to add these plug-ins. And even better still, a lot of the plug-ins are FREE! Plug-ins can make easy to create request forms, add SEO tools, customize navigation, and so on. The plug-ins to choose from is almost endless. Other users have reviewed the plug-ins on WordPress.org so you can easily pick the good ones. Some plug-ins aren’t free. But the amount they cost compared to what it would cost to program the functionality from scratch is huge.
Given all the advantages of using WordPress to create websites, I don’t know what took me so long to jump on the bandwagon. The only downside I see to WP websites are some of the companies that develop in WP. In order to keep control away from their client, they hide some of the functionality. They do this in the name of creative and programming integrity. But I think it’s bullshit. If businesses saw how easy it is, they would be doing more of the work in-house.