This article will be dedicated to WordPress and why you should choose WordPress.
1. A huge library of free and paid plugins.
WordPress is the number one choice for people that want to create a blog or a website. This creates a demand for variety of extensions that adds new functionality to WordPress. These extensions can be as simple as adding a contact form to as complex as protecting your blog from hackers. As of today there are 26,277 active plugins developed for WordPress. With this amount of extension you can really do anything you wish with your blog.
Top 5 Extensions:
|Akismet:||Deals with Spam comments so you don’t have to.|
|Jetpack by WordPress.com:||A pack of useful features that are not included by default in WordPress.|
|NextGEN Gallery:||Create your own Image Gallery.|
|Contact Form 7:||Create custom contact forms.|
|WordPress SEO by Yoast:||Search Engine Optimization for WordPress by Yoast.|
2. A simple “One Click” installer.
Almost all web hosting companies nowadays come with a WordPress installer that you can use to setup your blog in just minutes. The two most common “One Click” installers nowadays are called Softaculous and Installatron. Softaculous is most common in cPanel and Installatron is most common in DirectAdmin. cPanel and DirectAdmin are both software that you use to manage your web hosting account.
Before software like Installatron and Softaculous was available, you had to manually upload the files of WordPress through FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Once you uploaded all the files, you had to edit the configuration file to enter the correct Database settings so that WordPress could store all settings and post data. It is not that complicated if you`ve done it a couple times before, but for a complete newbie, it might be confusing.
3. Advanced WordPress dedicated hosting.
The dream of every Blogger is to have a successful blog with tons of traffic. Did you know that if a popular website such as ProBlogger or Copyblogger links to one of your pages that your website will go down due to the tons of traffic you receive? If this happens, you`ll look and probably feel like a complete amateur. Shared Web Hosting just cannot handle high traffic. Its called Shared for a reason. Your memory is shared, bandwidth and even your space.
There are companies that provide WordPress optimized web hosting with various additional extras such as fast page load, keyword research tools, enhanced security, SEO Advice, support for WordPress and various other extras. I`ll not go into great detail about the benefits of using such companies because they are too many to cover in this blog post. Check out Synthesis and WPEngine for more information.
4. Given you complete control over your data.
One of the biggest benefits of using WordPress standalone script is that you have complete control over your Database and Files. Platforms such as Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress.com are good for a small personal blog. However, if you want to create a professional blog, then you`ll want to go with the standalone version of WordPress.
By having complete access to your files, you can make any modification to your website appearance and theme that you wish. You can remove an element from a post or incorporate your own code. Of course assuming you have the necessary skills. If you don`t, there are always How-To articles, videos and forums that you can use to your advantage.
You can also make a complete backup of your website Files and Database. If something goes wrong, you`ll know that you have a local backup of all important information.
5. Multi-level users.
You can setup accounts in your WordPress Installation with different privileges.
Administrator: Someone that has complete access to your website.
Editor: Someone that can review and publish comments, blog posts and pages for everyone.
Author: Someone that can write and publish their own blog posts.
Contributor: Someone that can write and save a blog post as a draft. An editor or administrator will have to manually review and publish the content.
6. A large community that will answer any questions you have.
Have questions about WordPress? Is there something you want to make but it just wont work? There is a very large forum ready to help you with any issue you have. Just visit the Support Section of WordPress to get started.
If you are someone that is using WordPress for the first time, I recommend your read through “First Steps With WordPress“. Its quite informative and it covers a lot of the basics.
7. The ability to create a business, not just a blog.
Yes, WordPress is also being used for business websites. There are extension with which you can make an eCommerce website or a another type of website. You can even install your blog in a sub-folder eg: www.yourdomain.com/blog or a subdomain eg: www.blog.yourwebsite.com leaving your main domain free for other important information.
Did you know that MSNBC (http://tv.msnbc.com/) is running on WordPress?
8. Built-in SEO
WordPress, without any plugins installed, is already quite optimized for search engines. You can easily customize your permalink ensuring that you post`s title is in the URL. WordPress uses clean code that is in accordance with the coding standards of W3C. However, if you want to use a third-party SEO plugin, feel free to do so. For this blog, I use WordPress SEO by Yoast.
If Matt Cutts from the Spam Team of Google says that WordPress out of the box takes care of 80-90% of the mechanics of SEO, then I guess you can take that for a fact.
9. No Costs (for the Script).
WordPress comes free of charge, except the costs for your web hosting. There are paid plugins and themes that you can download and use but the main WordPress software is free. The number one blogging platform in the world used by large corporations and small bloggers is free of charge, can you believe that? Personally, even if it was not free, I would pay to use it. It is just that good!
10. A huge library of free and paid themes.
Blogging With Dani runs on the Genesis framework, which is a paid theme, but there are tons of free themes that you can use for your own blog. Visit the Theme Directory to browse through all the available themes.