Is WordPress right for me?

If you’re wondering why WordPress is such a widely used website content management system, here are some of the benefits of WordPress as a website platform:

  • Simplicity: WordPress allows you to publish and build your website content quickly. Even as a beginner, you can easily use WordPress.
  • The cost is free – The actual WordPress software available on WordPress.org is free to download and use. You will, however, need to pay for web hosting and a domain name.
  • Flexibility: WordPress allows you to create many types of websites from personal blogs and online stores to online magazines and newspapers.
  • Easy to use – If you can use a word processing software like Microsoft Word, you can use WordPress to build and manage a website.
  • Open-source software – WordPress is open-source software that is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), meaning it isn’t owned by a single company or entity. Hundreds of developers and users collaborate and contribute to the software to make it better. The spirit of open-source means constant improvements, accountability and free usage for everyone.
  • No need to know code – WordPress removes the requirement of needing to know how to code in order to build a website. While WordPress utilizes a variety of coding languages, there’s no need to know any of them to use WordPress.
  • Extendable with WordPress plugins – The core WordPress software can be extended with WordPress plugins. WordPress plugins are bits of software that you can upload to your website to add more features (such as e-commerce, SEO, backups, contact forms and more). There are thousands of free WordPress plugins available on the WordPress.org plugin directory and a thriving premium (paid) plugins industry.
  • Highly customizable with WordPress themes – WordPress themes provide the design and layout of your website. With a click of a button, you can change the entire look of your website by applying a new WordPress theme. More advanced WordPress themes are more like WordPress page builders, giving you even more control of your layouts.
  • Website security – While no website platform is 100% secure, WordPress security continues to improve with a vigilant security team of core developers and users. Common WordPress security issues are usually due to user error, rather than the software itself.
  • A thriving community of users and developers – When you have a WordPress website, you can also get involved in the greater WordPress community through your local WordPress MeetupWordCamps and more. The WordPress community has a reputation of being incredibly welcoming, helpful and innovative.
  • A premium plugin and theme industry – While there are loads of free plugins and themes, most serious WordPress website owners invest in premium (paid) plugins or themes. Why? Your purchase of a reputable premium plugin or theme helps pay for the ongoing development and support of the plugin or theme, including new features, security patches and more.

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