10 Great Reasons To Love WordPress

… or WordPress is preferred by more webmasters than any other platform…

By Trish Riedel, web designer at www.topwebdesigngoldcoast.com.au and lover of WordPress and all the wonderful designs that can be produced…

1. It’s Free

WordPress’s capacity as a content management system (CMS) is impressive enough that ten years ago it would have been worth paying for every cent the WordPress Foundation asked for, yet the software is entirely free and open source, while the website is supported not with required fees, but rather through paid upgrades and advertising rather than making users shoulder the financial burden. For such a versatile piece of content management software that has since become one of the most popular programs in the world, that it’s free for and constantly being upgraded all is truly incredible.

2. Variety of Templates

Between the decade long reign of WordPress.com as the king of the mountain for free blogs and the fact that their software is open sourced, millions upon millions of different templates exist for WordPress blogs, allowing users willing to search to find one that’s perfect for their specific type of content. While all WordPress websites require a template to be used, there are millions of options in this regard, and particularly technologically savvy users can even create their own templates designed within WordPress standards for structured PHP and valid HTML and CSS. If you haven’t found the perfect template for your blog, look harder at WordPress.

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3. Thousands of Plugins

While WordPress offers all manner of templates, it also shines with plugins. The software’s structure allows it to handle a wide variety of extra features, ranging from opening screens to inserting Flash videos to search engine optimization (essential for any business) to content management systems. In fact, WordPress has over 40 thousand plugins available, allowing its users to make their personal website into exactly what they want it to be, whether they’re selling bee removal services, advertising multinational corporations or just keeping the world updated about the events in their lives.

4. Mobility

Mobile computing is clearly the wave of the future. Starting with laptops, shrinking down into smart phones and mutating into tablets, the fact is, mobiles are the shape of things to come. And, for those using WordPress, these portable technologies are as easily handled as ordinary web applications. Native applications for WordPress have been programmed for Apple’s iOS, Android, Windows Phone, WebOS and BlackBerry. While these applications are more limited than the full suite available on a desktop or laptop, they do allow users to update their blogs, moderate their blog’s comments as well as replying them them and view their site’s statistics whether they’re in the local supermarket or very far from home.

5. Easy Linking

The fact is, a lot of the internet these days is linking, backlinking and sharing links. Few people go beyond the first page of a search engine, so directing visitors via links can be incredibly important to website owners. WordPress is a program that enjoys a fully integrated link management that is search engine friendly and has a clean permalink structure, as well as the ability to categorize your articles and assign multiple categories to individual articles, as well as full support for tagging post.

6. Easy To Edit

As important as one’s website or blog can be, they can be surprisingly difficult to update or maintain, particularly if one is not familiar with the technology. Luckily, in addition to easy to use templates, WordPress is fairly user friendly to even the newest user and learning how to use the system is a snap. Even if you’ve just heard of blogging, you’ll be able to do it in a flash. More adept users have have the option of modifying a post’s HTML code directly, using a visual editor or any one of the thousands of plugins available inside the software.

7. Multiplication

Starting with version 3, WordPress began allowing for multiple blogs per installation of the software, allowing users to have as many blogs as they pleased and their bandwidth could support. With recent versions, these accounts can also be edited from a centralized maintainer, which also allows multiple blogging communities to be moderated from the centralized hub. The hub is a simple dashboard style software that is easy to learn and allows users to examine data tables relating to their blogs and websites from the same dashboard they edit their sites from.

8. Fluid Migration

Servers don’t last forever. Something always breaks down and while back ups of your sites and their content are incredibly important, actually getting a website back online can be an ordeal of patience that usually results in errors that need to be fixed over the course of months. Not so with WordPress! WordPress’ template minded programming allows users to easily move their entire array of websites and blogs from one server to another simply by copying and pasting the files associated with their site. While this is not the easiest process, tutorials exist online and are far from complex.

9. Support Systems

As user friendly as WordPress is, sometimes things just plain go bad, as with any piece of software. For those times, there is WordPress.org, which hosts the WordPress Codex, an online manual for WordPress and a constantly changing and upgrading library for documentation and information about the program, as well as the WordPress Forums, which host an extremely vital community of users of the software. And, as any technology expert will tell you, sometimes the best way to fix a problem with a program is to get online and ask a forum of users; someone there is likely to have an answer.

10. Constantly Updating

WordPress is constantly changing the software, reprogramming it to better handle the challenges of the ever changing online world and patching up security vulnerabilities as well as designing new plugins for users to enhance their sites. Because WordPress, despite the many freebies, remains a profitable and these days important enterprise, the software will continue to be updated, always with the input of programmers and users the world over. And, if WordPress’ official release doesn’t have a feature you need, the software is open source, allowing users to change it to their heart’s content to make their site perfect.