Released in 2003, WordPress is best known as a blogging and website content management system (CMS). As a front controller, WordPress allows its users to tap on template processors to create and manage content. Check out 5 things WordPress can do for you and your site!
Give your Site a Professional Finish
WordPress offers creators a variety of free templates and themes which range in the thousands. Depending on the needs on your site, you will definitely be able to sieve out a relevant theme and design that is related to your content. The themes available on the site can vary from food to travel to photography, each designed with a professional finish. Even with minimal knowledge on web design and web programming, site creators can still set up a decent and credible page.
Create a Unique Look
WordPress themes themselves are highly customisable which allow site designers to modify layouts and applications to create a custom look. Creators can change the colour, background and create sliders to fit their branding needs. Implementing these changes are easy and fuss free as the designer does not have to manually edit the code at all. With plugins, designers can also add unique functionalities to expand the range of services offered by their site. The function of plugins is almost endless, with the assortment extending from plugins that provide site statistics and search engine optimisation to plugins that allow two factor authentication using one-time passwords.
Get Access to the WordPress Community
WordPress remains the most widely used CMS today, with over 74 million websites as of May2012. Usage statistics show that at least 23 percent of all website is powered by WordPress (Source). With a massive developer community, the CMS boasts the largest market share with a strong support system of users on the platform. Through the creation of plugins, enhancements and themes, many users support the sustainability of the platform by adding on to its collection. Aside from the array of plugins to gather user feedback on your site, developer community itself is always keen to offer their two cents worth to help grow your site.
Have a Peace of Mind
Despite recent reports of the vulnerabilities of WordPress, the site itself is actually safe and often pitched as one of the most secure applications. Once again, you can indeed depend on the community of open source developers who are quick to create patches as soon as vulnerabilities are uncovered. The site owner themselves, however, has to ensure that the site is well-maintained and updated regularly so that patches that are pushed down to newer versions can be installed. Downloading free plugins from unknown sites can invite malware, as with the risks associated with any other download. Active maintenance of the site is key – and with additional security platforms (e.g. Sucuri) to monitor threats, WordPress is indeed a safe and secure platform.
Last but not Least, Save A Bit of Cash!
Compared to other Open Source CMS in the market, WordPress has a low setup and maintenance cost. As a free software, designers are able to install, use and modify templates without incurring the heavy burden (and cost) of change requests. With access to the source code, site designers can easily amend the code without the restrictions of a static website. This is great for start-ups that are looking to build credibility with a professional site, while managing its bottom line costs.
If you don’t remember anything once you’ve closed this page, at least remember this – The power of WordPress lies in its user-friendly templates for beginners as well as the customisable code for those with programming knowledge. This allows for quick customisation for designers of all experience levels.
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