Five Reasons to Use WordPress

by Andy Brudtkuhl on March 3, 2009

When we talk about choosing the right platform in the beginning – we always recommend WordPress… But why do we love it so much?

1. It’s SOOO easy to use
We are firm believers that technology should not impede you – but make you more productive. Often times, unfortunately, this is not the case. With WordPress everything is easy. Once you’ve passed the extremely short learning curve you are ready to roll.

2. It’s already optimized
Out of the box WordPress is optimized for high quality content delivery and search engine optimization. That’s two things you won’t have to do after it is installed.

3. There’s a vast community
If there is something you want to do with your WordPress site – chances are someone else has created a plugin for it. The same goes with the WordPress theme community – there are thousands of free themes to choose from.

4. It integrates with everything
It allows you to easily integrate and use it with different services – ranging from Facebook to Twitter and everything in betweetn. Between plugins and web apps everyone has recognized the market power of WordPress and offers integration options with it.

5. There is a vast pool of developers
If you ever run into troubles with WordPress – there is a huge pool of talent out there. Often times they’ll answer your question for free if you post it on Twitter. If it’s more complicated – there are so many freelance WordPress developers out there that you can hire to help. The great thing is the freelancer won’t have to learn anything new (like they would with proprietary software) – so they can get the work done very fast…

Do you use WordPress and recommend it? Or do you use another platform? Let us know in the comments!

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Gavin Wray March 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm

I would definitely recommend WordPress and agree with all five reasons you highlight.

From experience supporting non-technical colleagues in using different content management systems, WordPress has proved by far the easiest CMS for colleagues to get to grips with.

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abrudtkuhl March 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Gavin – I have found the same to be true. It's not as powerful as other CMS systems but the learning curve is so minimal you can easily teach almost anyone to use it. That alone is powerful.

Are there any other reasons you would add?

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Gavin Wray March 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Well, two more would be scope and value for money.

From a developer's perspective, WordPress offers a lot scope. It isn't just a blogging platform (even though that is what many people associate WordPress with). It's flexible enough to be developed into many different site types or applications. Steven Snell recently summarised some interesting uses of WordPress:

http://designm.ag/design/11-non-traditional-use

As WordPress is open source – no expensive licence fees or proprietary software consultants – site managers adopting it as a platform have extra resources to concentrate on developing the important stuff: the content!

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whatawebsite August 12, 2009 at 3:14 am

Hi Andy, Absolutely agree with all of the above – WP is amazing …. and the more you learn about it the more amazing it gets. If there's anything out there that's a better blog builder – well, I'd be truly amazed! Cheers, Will

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abrudtkuhl August 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

I agree… Good point too – the more you use it the more powerful it becomes

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