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WordPress is an open source blogging platform and content management system (CMS). It has become one of the most popular template-based CMS platforms for website design and development. The following are five reasons WordPress is worth considering as the basis for your business’s website.
1. Easy to install and widely supported
Most web hosting companies support WordPress and offer one-click installation. If they do not, manual installation is as simple as uploading files, creating a database, and following the two minute installation procedure that WordPress provides. On top of this, due to WordPress’s rapid rise in popularity there are now numerous resources and websites dedicated to help and support, specifically for the platform. WordPress itself also provides a substantial array of helpful articles on the official website – wordpress.org
2. Easy theme installation and customisation
Like most content systems, WordPress is based on templates. The templates (known as WordPress themes) control the design and layout of your pages and your blog posts. The beautiful thing about WordPress is that new themes can be installed with the simple click of a button. There are hundreds of websites that provide free WordPress themes or, if you are looking for something a little different, there are also premium WordPress themes available. If a pre-developed theme isn’t your thing, WordPress’s underlying code allows for easy design customisation – a breeze for any experienced web designer.
3. Extendable with plug-ins
If you need to extend the functionality of WordPress, the creators have catered for this also. WordPress has a built in plug-in architecture meaning features not native to WordPress but ‘out of the box’ can be achieved by installing a plug-in. Again, due to the rising popularity of WordPress, developers have begun creating WordPress plug-ins for almost any conceivable requirement. There are plug-ins for search engine optimisation, contact forms, image galleries and much more. Most WordPress plug-ins are free, however for some more complex functionality such as booking systems, premium plug-ins can be required.
4. An easy-to-use built-in WYSIWYG
If you are the end user, don’t be daunted by the task of keeping content updated on your WordPress website. WordPress includes a built in what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor that allows for effortless text editing. It also makes it possible to insert, resize and reposition images with zero knowledge of HTML.
The WYSIWYG editor that comes bundled with WordPress has been tailored to suit all users with all the essential functions to keep you are up to date.
5. No licensing fees
WordPress is open source. This means you can download, install and run WordPress for your website without having to pay a cent. If you choose to manage your own WordPress website you can install free templates or purchase premium ones. If you are looking at customising your WordPress site then you will most likely need to employ a web developer. However, the good news is the cost will be minimal for a WordPress site compared to a custom-built web application.
Netregistry offers a one-click installation of WordPress with our business hosting package as well as WordPress web design with our Professional web design service. Visit Netregistry online, or speak to one of our consultants on 1300 638 734.