I mostly use WordPress for my web design project. It is like 90% of all websites I created for my clients since 2012 are WordPress based. In this article I would like to talk about why we should use WordPress platform instead of any other Content Management System platform, or even static html page.
History of WordPress
In my own experience, the first time I use WordPress was as a blogging platform. Back to 2007 when the first time I learn about websites, that there is something more systematic and more advanced than using HTML css only. In my mind WordPress is another option than Blogspot. WordPress was considered as a service that enable us put our story only with free domain ending with .wordpress.com. Then I realized in 2011, that we can actually go with worpress.org to get the source of wordpress machine and running it into our own hosting. Then I start to try and learn and finally launch my first WordPress, in personal hosting in 2012.
Open Source Spirit
This is about the spirit of open source I think that makes WordPress growing big. Because of its openness allowing people to see the source code, learn, and build something to enhance this platform into something better, more secure, and more mature. Anyone can download wordpress and use it and develop it. This spirit is like Linux spirit, that finally makes it the biggest platform for hosting world. WordPress will continue to grow effectively because there are developers, users, and growing enthusiast all around the globe using and building together.
Easy to Use and Learn
There are only 2 things to know when it comes to WordPress. Well, at least these two things are the main things for me: Post, and Page. These are the things that I always use in my WordPress conversation with my clients. Post is for blogging content with time, and page is for static content like about page, contact page, that will be still like that (maybe with small adjustment along the way). And about plugins, themes, this is something else, but still intuitive. Personally, even without any plugin and only with default theme, yes we can have a very secure fast website.
Rich of Themes & Plugins
Another strong reasons to go with WordPress is its rich free plugins to extends the website capability and feature, free plugin to premium plugin for more serious things. Premium theme is also available widely in the market. These environment of free and premium are in personal opinion why a lot of people use WordPress, because like me my self, I can help my client to build beautiful website faster, buy premium theme and plugins (supporting the living of programmers and designers) for my business owner they can have their website ready in no time.
Search Engine Friendly
By default, this is SEO friendly. Strong Heading structure ready to use. But sometime we forgot to put our blog content in correct heading and do not even realize 😀
Easy to Manage
You have a complete Content Management System (CMS) for your website. You have every article you put in page and post, you have every pictures you uploaded in media, you have plugins directory ready to be added with one click button, and settings to configure your website with no limitation. Also the thing with WordPress platform is: this is easier for you to migrate hosting, or if you develop your website in local server, this is what I usually do, and upload the website when it is ready with no problem at all. Smooth!
Update is available for free! But, you need to check if this is compatible with theme and plugins you are using. I usually do my upgrade in local server to make sure everything is perfect and then hit the update in only server (to have the backup of previous version is necessary).
To wrap up this article, I would like to say thank you to WordPress! This is the platform you will need to choose if you want to focus more on what you do and be the master of it!