With the plethora of excellent Content Management Systems (CMS) available today, why do I use WordPress for my websites and strongly suggest that you do the same? Here are 5 short but sweet reasons.

1) It’s FREE!

If you’ve been have been alive longer a decade, you’ve likely gained the life experience that teaches, free (or cheap) isn’t always the best choice. I can tell you with complete confidence that this is not that case with WordPress.

Inquisitr.com reported in February of 2015 that WordPress platform powers 23% of websites in the world!.

When one quarter of the entire World Wide Web is using WordPress, it’s a good bet you should be using it too.

With WordPress, you get a lot for what you don’t pay for.

2) It’s got user roles built right in

Depending upon your organization’s needs, it’s likely you’re going to want certain people having certain roles when it comes to creating and publishing site content.

Summary of the built in WordPress roles:

  • Administrator — somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor — somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author — somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor — somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber — somebody who can only manage their profile.

If that’s not enough… customize!

3) It’s ridiculously easy to customize the functionality

The vanilla installation of WordPress is a fully functional CMS right off the hop. Posts, pages, user roles (as discussed above) make WordPress an amazing package right out of the box! Chances are though, there is going to be some sort of functionality missing that your organization requires.

WordPress is very easily expandable with the tens of thousands of plugins available at the WordPress Plugin Directory. Speaking about specific plugins is beyond the scope of this article but I wanted to ensure if you don’t know WordPress at all, that when you finish reading this, you’re well aware of the fact that there are many people out there that have very likely already solved a lack of functionality issue that would help you and your organization’s website.

There are free and commercial WordPress plugins available.

4) It’s easy to learn

If your organization’s IT guru is the one tasked with installing and setting up WordPress, they should have too hard a time. WordPress has what many people call the “famous 5 minute install.” Personally, I think it’s a bit longer to download WordPress, create your database, database user, and then upload the WordPress files before you initiate the install process via the web, but from start to finish, it’s easily less than 10 minutes.

Once installed, the WordPress administration area is very user friendly. As mentioned in the point 3, right out of the box it’s an intuitive process to add posts, add pages, change your theme, add plugins, and even alter settings like date and time settings, and whether or not you want to show your blog as the front page or a static home page.

Once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes “old hat” really quick!

5) RESOURCES! RESOURCES! RESOURCES!

Whether commercial training or free web based tutorials, there are a ton of resources out there to help you learn, extend, theme WordPress and more. A quick Google search for WordPress tutorials gets you right into the thick of things. Or if you’re looking for “The best WordPress plugin for a store,” the resources are endless.

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