Many times, potential clients want recommendations on a platform for their website and we recommend WordPress. However, a few people have recently asked us why we like it. After reading this we hope to answer that question and get you to like it too.
The first thing to know is that WordPress is just a tool used by any other professional web team, same as Drupal, Squarespace, and Wix. We’ve done shopping carts in eCommerce tools like WooCommerce and Shopify.
That being said, we recommend WordPress. We’re going to tell you why, but we aren’t really comparing WordPress to anything. Every tool has its strengths and weaknesses. It’s the skill and creativity of the craftsman that makes the magic happen.
There’s nothing worse than creating a fancy website complete with a customized backend only to find out your clients hate it or can’t use it. After switching to WordPress, we found that our clients update their sites a lot more frequently on their own.
#2: It Looks Good
Here at That Guy Sketch, we’re developers, but we’re also designers; and right now WordPress has the nicest looking HTML5 and CSS3 backend. The HTML5 multiple file media uploader is a dream. It’s modern, clean, responsive and it will make you want to update your site, as previously mentioned in Reason #1.
#3: The Clean Database
The WordPress database is the best we’ve seen from a CMS in these past years. It’s compact, intuitive and it doesn’t change with every revision. If it ain’t broke, right?
#4: The Simple Install
It’s estimated that about 19% of the web runs on WordPress. In our experience, the reason is the same as the reason PHP is so popular: it’s free and easy to get started with the easiest install in the business.
#5: Reliable Updates
WordPress takes care of everything in one click. You will not be draining your marketing budget on software updates. Other platforms claim to do this, but you always click the button and hope everything is ok.
#6: It’s Does Way More Than You May Think
WordPress is not just a blog platform that you hack and turn into a regular website. This is a common misconception because wordpress.com is like Blogger and a lot of old-timey blogs were in WordPress, but there’s another side to WordPress at wordpress.org which has full CMS capabilities.
Everyone wants a blog. Every restaurant, tech company and the real estate agent has one to take advantage of the long tail. The fact that WordPress contains a blog in its core is a feature, not a bug. Along with customizable themes, a plethora of plugins for added functionality, and continuous improvement; using WordPress can get you up and running with a website in a fraction of the time that coding one does.