Have I mentioned recently how much I love WordPress? Well I do. Since I first started taking baby steps into web design back in 2000 I’ve used various tools for building websites, but none have made quite such an impression on me as WordPress. At the moment I wouldn’t contemplate using anything else – I’d certainly take a lot of convincing.
Let me tell you a little bit about why I find it such a good solution, from a web designer’s perspective:
- It’s quick and easy to install
Yep, just a few straightforward steps and we can have WordPress installed on a web hosting account.
- Lots and lots of choice
There are so many WordPress themes (which control how the site looks) and plugins (which control what the site does) out there, both free and premium, that we can find a solution for almost anything.
- It’s not the end of the world if something goes wrong
This is an important one for me. I get the fear at the thought of one of our client’s websites breaking. Updating plugins and themes is really simple (most of them require just a click of a button) and 99.9999999999999% of the time goes without a hitch. However, on the rare occasion that it doesn’t work it can have unexpected consequences. But, with a backup handy (because we always back up before updating) we can switch back to the previous version without causing an apocalypse. Phewee!
And for you as the website owner, I can’t stress enough that it gives you flexibility.
- Flexibility to start simple and develop your website with your business, without having to go back to scratch each time
- Flexibility to create a website that does what you want it to do
- Flexibility to work with a vast range of web designers and developers – a lot of us use WordPress so you can have freedom to find someone that you enjoy working with
- Flexibility to move your website elsewhere. I don’t want to be that web designer who says “you can’t move your site away from us” – I am flabbergasted every time I come across a web designer who does that. The thought of it makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Why would I want to trap a client into staying with us, that’s not going to result in a good working relationship is it?
These are just a few of the reasons why I love WordPress. I know there are other options out there and not everyone feels the same. But WordPress is very much the one for me.