In my beginners days, I hated when I was working on some HTML and something went wrong. Then it would take me hours to figure out the mistake. It usually ended up being a typo, either I had an extra character or misspelled a piece of code. That’s when I knew it time to step away from the computer. Today, I don’t do as much coding as I use to do because I use WordPress. However, WordPress (WP) wasn’t the first Content Management System (CMS) that I’ve used.
After hand coding everything, I was on Blogspot which was what Blogger was called before Google brought them. I also used Greymatter, Movable Type and even try building my own by following this tutorial I found in an online community I was a member of, but WP has been the one I stuck with the longest (8 years and counting). So here’s five reasons why I love using WP and believe that anyone will (mainly because you don’t need to be afraid anymore with your WP Tech Gal by your side – that’s me by the way) fall in love too.
Five Reasons Why I Use WordPress & You Should Too
#1 – WordPress give you options.
There’s WordPress.com, where you can have a blog hosted for free. There are some downsides to using the free version but it prefect for those who want to test the waters before upgrading to one of their paid plans or just making the leap to WordPress.org, the self-hosted version. Either way you go an investment will be needed on your part, whether its time and/or money. If you are up for the challenge, then it’s well worth it.
Like always I recommend you doing your research and find what best works for you but if you want my honest opinion on which version you should pick, here it is. If this is a hobby, something you to just play around with – then to a free platform. If this is going to be your business and you want to make money, then make the investment into self-hosted version of WordPress or whatever platform you choose to go with.
#2 – You can have whatever kind of site you want.
If you just want to blog, you can do that with WP right out the box with both the free hosted and self-hosted options. If you want to have a traditional website for your business, you can have that too. If you have products or services to sell; you can set up an e-commerce site. You can have whatever your heart desires. When it comes to the look and design of the site or blog there are millions of themes to choose from (free and paid) as well as plugins you can add on. If its in the budget, you can always hire a web designer or company to whip up a customized look for you.
#3 – Little to no tech knowledge needed to set up.
If you choose the free-hosted version, it as simple as signing up for an account and you are good to go. When it comes to self-hosting, you will need to purchase your domain name and hosting. Most affordable hosting companies that allow WordPress on their servers provide a 1-click WordPress install option and sometime you can pay them to do it for you. I would just do the 1-click option because it super duper easy to follow. All you are doing it typing the name of your site and username and then click submit, everything else is done for you.
Once your site is setup, it easy to get started. Remember you have FREE access to a large community of WordPress users (like myself), designers, and developers that has been using the software and will be able to answer any question you may have. All which leads me to my next reason.
#4 – You don’t need to be an expert Coder.
Don’t know HTML or CSS, no worries. The way WP is designed you can easily make basic changes such as adding a background color or image, making text bold or italicizes with a click of a button. When I first started using WordPress, there was no “Customizer”. If I wanted to change the background color, I need to change some code.
Of course, when working with my clients – I tried my best to find theme that had colors they were using in their business to make everything easy but there was plenty of time when I needed to research coding hacks to fulfilled their design request. Things got even easier when I learn about frameworks, which gave you the option to easily make changes like the background color but WordPress change the game by adding the “Customizer”. This allows you the user to do anything you need to make the site or blog look the way you want without knowing or touching any of the code pages.
#5 – WordPress is manageable.
Before WordPress, as I mention already I designed and built sites strictly using HTML, CSS, Flash, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. After getting the look just right in Photoshop, I would create the image slices and then I would have to put it back together using HTML and CSS. Don’t get me started about having to make sure it looks right in Internet Explorer. It was a very long progress.
As I started doing site for others, over time they started asking for something that they can manage themselves and WP allows for that to happen. With a few tutorials once everything is completed, they are more than confident to take the ball and run with it. Nowadays, WordPress is way more user friendly. I know there are some people out there that would say that WordPress is not the way to go. Yes, there are other options available. I also come across other web designers who are totally against WordPress and other platforms because they see it was a threat to their livelihood.
I was once like that but had a change of heart. I realized that I could still be of service as along as I continuously learn and update my craft. You can’t remain struck where you are, you need to evolve and change with the times.