When it comes to building a website, choosing the best platform to start with can be a daunting task. Even for those confident in their creative ability, the saturated web development market can keep even the most savvy brands away from investing in a fully functioning website. There are plenty of website building applications out there, but for the most resource and reliability (at the lowest cost), I believe that everyones website should be with WordPress. Here’s why:
WordPress is as simple and reliable as they come. No matter what your web development needs, there’s nothing you can’t do with WordPress. It’s a great platform for beginners because of its easy to navigate interface and robust plugin repository. Not to mention you can get started for free. WordPress sites come mobile ready and newbies can easily build a clean and feature rich site with little to no coding knowledge.
Don’t let the simplicity fool you, though. More advanced web developers are empowered by WordPress’s under-the-hood customization. With just a little technical knowledge, developers can create and manage any type of website they want. Some of the most popular and well established organizations (TechCrunch, The New Yorker, Variety etc.) use WordPress to house their web content.
What makes WordPress so great is its development resources. It’s an open source platform, so that means is that it’s constantly being improved upon by professional developers from all over the world. The WordPress community and support system is unmatched. There are thousands of templates to choose from if you don’t want to start from scratch. Sites like ThemeForest or StudioPress are excellent options. If you ever run into issues, there are plenty of forums where you can find the answers you are looking for (like WordPress.org). There’s a 99% chance someone has already experienced your problem and found a solution.
Data security is one of the most important areas of web development. Some may think that WordPress’s open source nature means less security, but it’s quite the opposite. As hackers get smarter, so do WordPress developers. It’s constantly being updated by the community so that it stays safe and secure. On top of that, the plugin repository is full of the best security tools the web has to offer. Check out this Ultimate Guide to WordPress Security by WPbeginner.
I’ve spent over 10 years working with WordPress and I’m comfortable saying that I have built my best websites (including this one) using the platform. I will continue to use WP as my go to platform, and you should too.