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What is WordPress? And Why Use WordPress?

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What is a WordPress site?

WordPress is a robust, user-friendly, and free Open Source content management system (CMS), or a platform that allows you to easily create and control a website or blog and its content, including creating pages or posts and updating information. It is a widely trusted and used CMS with about 39.5% of websites on the internet being on it. WordPress makes blogging and websites accessible to anyone, not just developers. It can be used to power business websites, ecommerce stores, blogs, portfolios, resumes, forums, social networks, membership sites, and more.

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What are the benefits of WordPress?

WordPress is a flexible CMS capable of abundant and diverse functionalities because it is Open Source. There are expansive plugin options for WordPress in order to add functionality to a website or blog. Plugins are mini-applications or features that run on top of your site. For example, there are plugins for security, page speed, events, forms, SEO, and more that you can install on the WordPress platform. WordPress’ capabilities are almost endless, making the platform applicable to different types of websites. Since it is Open Source, you have the freedom to modify it.

Yet, even with the robust capabilities, WordPress maintains a straight-forward interface for easy navigation and use. The platform is intuitive, allowing you to quickly understand the various things you can create: pages, posts, forms, etc.

When you use self-hosted WordPress, you truly own your website. If you were to use a closed source website platform like Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly, then another person or organization technically owns your website and you are just paying for the right to use the platform.

A custom WordPress website presents other benefits including having the ability to optimize pages and images to rank in search results. This can be done out of the box or with the addition of SEO-specific plugins.

If you do run into a problem while using WordPress, there is a large WordPress community online that you can turn to for answers. They are well-known as being one of the best, most-responsive, and genuinely helpful communities online.

WordPress is a CMS that offers tools and features for your business’s unique needs and in a manner that is easy to understand.

Expand Your WordPress Website

At Evolve Systems®, our web development team knows the capabilities of the WordPress platform and how to personalize a website to fit your needs. We ensure you are able to fully enjoy the benefits of WordPress through a partnership dedicated to helping your business prosper. Contact us to discuss your website project!