This month I received several emails asking me about why I have chosen WordPress as my go-to platform for blogging and digital shop.
I emailed back saying how I wanted to choose Squarespace in the first place but found it to be too expensive at that time for me and so the next best thing was WordPress.
I have worked on many websites, many different blogs, many shops and online stores, and I will tell you why I remained faithful to this platform:
WordPress is the most Affordable.
I had to start with this one as this is the most asked question I get over email and twitter DMs.
You can easily setup your WordPress website with a budget of $100 or less. My personal recommendation is purchasing your domain through SiteGround (around $12-$15 depending on the domain name), hosting through the same company SiteGround (around $3.45 a month for shared WordPress hosting + you will get a FREE domain name renewal every year if you renew your hosting plan with them), and blog theme ($29 – $79 from the Shop).
With less than $100, you have a beautiful, responsive website for your blog or business.
Each year, you will have to renew your domain and hosting – $50-60, but your blog theme is a one-time purchase (and there are also free options).
Search Engine Friendly.
I cannot stress this enough: WordPress is great for SEO. You have the option (it is kind of mandatory too) to install the YOAST plugin who helps you with everything you need to setup the SEO for every blog post/product you are putting live on your website.
You don’t have to be a SEO expert, Yoast will guide through everything.
One click Install, Easy to Manage and Easy to Update.
This one was one of the most important things for me when I first started designing. I had no idea what CMSs were, I had no plans on ever learning to code (oh how life changes sometimes) – all I wanted was a one click install platform that allowed me to create and play around with options.
WordPress did just that for me.
Most hosting companies offer their clients one-click installs. Nothing is being downloaded to your computer. You get to setup a username and password and you have a very customizable dashboard right at your fingertips.
When I first googled “wordpress vs. [insert any other platform here]” I read a lot of comments about this platform being an open-source CMS. I had no idea what that was. And I’m sure most of us didn’t knew about this term when we first started building our first websites.
Open-source means that there are thousands of WordPress developers all around the world working day and night to improve the system. And none of what they do costs you a penny. Free security and feature updates, every quarter? You bet. Can you say that about your CMS provider? (text credit goes to mooveagency.com)
My favorite: Highly Customizable.
WordPress is popular because it meets the demand of many users with its flexible framework to allow designers and developers to create and modify layouts and applications.
Remember no. 3 in the list? How I said I did not plan on ever learning to code? 🙂
The WordPress community is so great and filled with infinite information ready to be absorbed by anyone wanting to know and apply more to their own website.
This community has thought me so much! I remember bookmarking and saving every single piece of information I could find so I would never lose anything if the internet suddenly went armageddon on us (I lived under a rock for quite awhile so don’t judge) and started applying different customizations to my then lifestyle blog.
Even today, I create affordable and highly customizable WordPress templates for my clients because WordPress created this space for me to learn, grow and develop something that I now call my business.