WordPress vs Other Options
WordPress powers nearly 40% (up from 25% in 2015) of all websites on the internet, over one-third of the web! Compare that to Squarespace at 1.5%, and Wix at 1.3% and most other alternative platforms that also fall into that 1-2% range. WordPress is far and away the worlds most popular and most dominant website building platform.
Launched in 2003, WordPress was the improvement of an abandoned blogging software called b2/cafelog. Originally designed for blogging in mind, it has since been developed into a powerhouse website building platform that can power stunning websites of every kind ranging from e-commerce, to social media, and yes – blogging. WordPress has quickly risen to become one of the most sought after website building platforms ever.
It should be mentioned that when we refer to WordPress we are talking about the self-hosted platform from WordPress.org which is for building any and every kind of website. There can be confusion with WordPress.com, which is specifically for blogging and is not self-hosted. Self-hosted WordPress is the website building platform of choice for our agency.
Why build a website with WordPress
WordPress is simply the best option available to build and develop websites. It can be used to create absolutely any kind of website you can dream up.
Personal websites, e-commerce, small business or big business, and scalability is never an issue. It’s also open source so you own your own platform, you are not constrained by another companies terms, conditions and branding. Your website and branding will always be 100% you.
One of the biggest advantages of WordPress is the fact that it boasts the largest repository of themes, plugins, support, and customization options available (for a website building platform) in the world. There’s no shortage of reasons not to love WordPress.
What makes WordPress the best option
Here are some additional reasons we love WordPress and why you should consider building your website using WordPress’s content management system and website building platform:
SEO is a set of website optimization signals that get sent to the search engines to help them determine where to rank website content on the search results pages. Having the right tools and proper infrastructure in place for successful SEO is critical. A poorly optimized website will simply get buried in the search engine graveyard for no one to find. SEO is vitally important for the livelihood of websites and businesses.
With the critical importance and constant changing of SEO – SEO now makes over 3,000 changes every single year – you need a platform that is built with adaptability for successful SEO. WordPress is one of the few platforms that provides complete on-page compatibility with SEO.
Through the use of special meta-descriptions for each link and page published as well as advanced schema markup, support for powerful SEO plugins, and direct connection to Google Analytics and Google Search Console, WordPress provides every resource and opportunity that is needed to achieve superior SEO performance.
WordPress is open source software. This not only means that WordPress itself along with all of its future core updates will always be free to use, but also guarantees that it won’t be acquired by any big-wig corporations, keeping it free from external branding.
Meaning, for as long as you run your website on WordPress you’ll own your own platform. This includes having complete and full ownership and control over your website data. This is an important factor for most and very often overlooked.
Millions of websites are powered by WordPress. Afterall, nearly 40% of the entire web is now inhabited by websites that are powered by WordPress. If you were to visit these sites each website would look considerably different from one another.
This is because WordPress offers an unlimited and unrivaled level of customization in regards to themes, plugins and additional resources. Consider the fact that the WordPress plugin directory features over 58,000 plugins. And nearly the same amount of WordPress compatible themes can also be found online.
WordPress is also available in over 100 languages, this fact alone is one of the biggest reasons that sets it apart from other platforms. Absolutely anyone can get right to building a website without any barriers.
Frequently updated and secure
WordPress is very frequently updated – almost once a month. With every update comes performance updates as well as security patches so websites running on WordPress are always secure and up-to-date. Every month, it becomes increasingly difficult to find security holes for hackers to peer through.
Facts about WordPress
WordPress reportedly powers nearly 40% of all websites on the internet. Spreading like wild fire over the last 15 years WordPress continues to grow annually, and the platform will continue to grow considerably because of its nature as an open source platform. Have a glance at these facts and stats.