Over the years, the number of website builders has increased dramatically. Web designers now have a plethora of website builders to choose from when designing a website. Yet in spite of the large number of options, one website builder undoubtedly reigns supreme. First created in 2006, WordPress is still the most popular website builder among web designers, and currently powers almost 40% of the internet, according to an article on Search Engine Journal. In this article we’ll examine three reasons that web designers favor WordPress over the other options.

3 Reasons to Use a WordPress Website

3 Reasons to Use a WordPress Website
Over the years, the number of website builders has increased dramatically. Web designers now have a plethora of website builders to choose from when designing a website. Yet in spite of the large number of options, one website builder undoubtedly reigns supreme. First created in 2006, WordPress is still the most popular website builder among web designers, and currently powers almost 40% of the internet, according to an article on Search Engine Journal. In this article we’ll examine three reasons that web designers favor WordPress over the other options.

Affordability

First, WordPress is one of the most affordable options available due to the fact that it is open-source software. This means that there are a number of developers who create the core WordPress files, which are available to the public for free. Once you download the code, you can edit it in any way you like. If you find a good solution to a difficult problem, you can send it to the developer team and suggest that it be added to the core code. In this way, WordPress is able to freely benefit from the talents of millions of developers all over the world as they test and push the limits of this amazing software. Unlike other options like Wix and Squarespace (which can cost as much as $500 per month), WordPress is completely free for public use with hosting being the only service you need to pay for. (If you’re looking for hosting recommendations, feel free to read my articles on hosting here and here.)  While some businesses could use the extra perks provided by these other website platforms, WordPress is still the best and most affordable option for the majority of businesses.

Flexibility

Second, WordPress is a great option due to the many different ways it can be used. WordPress uses programs called plugins to add functionality and relies on programs called themes to customize the appearance of the website. With over 55,000 plugins, users are able to add contact forms, email subscriptions, website analytics, search engine optimization, and site backup, just to name a few. Additionally, the over 31,000 themes allow users to customize the look of the website however they want. If you’re looking for recommendations on layouts, you can read my article on layouts and how to use them. Through the combination of the many different plugins and themes, you can easily design a site unique to your business. Additionally, WordPress is a very scalable software and can support an unlimited number of users. Tech Crunch (nine million monthly visitors), Time Magazine (twelve million visitors per month), and Wired (thirty million visitors per month) are just three of many high traffic websites that are powered by WordPress. If your website currently only has a few visitors but you anticipate increases in the future, WordPress is an ideal choice for you.

Secure

Lastly, WordPress is an excellent choice of website builder due to how secure it is. The WordPress core code is thoroughly tested to weed out potential bugs and security vulnerabilities. As long as the software is updated on a regular basis, you can be confident that your website is secure. Almost 40% of hacked WordPress websites are hacked due to outdated software. Thankfully, these plugins can be updated with the click of a button. It’s also important to regularly create site backups. While catastrophic errors are rare, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you are regularly updating your website’s software and following security best practices, you can be confident that your website is secure.

If you’d like to go the extra mile to ensure your site’s security, there are a number of excellent security plugins available for WordPress websites. I’ve already written an article about Sucuri, considered by many to be the best WordPress security plugin available. In addition to Sucuri, there are many other great security plugins, such as WordFence and iThemes Security. All three of these plugins can be used to prevent viruses from penetrating your website, scan your website for potential security threats, and create scheduled backups of your website.

Conclusion

In this article we discussed the top three reasons that WordPress is the best website builder on the market. First, it’s free to the public due to the fact that it’s open-source software. Second, it can be used for a variety of purposes and can easily be tailored to fit the exact look that you’re going for. Lastly and most importantly, WordPress is secure. As long as the software is regularly updated and backed up, you can be confident that your website is safe from catastrophe. If you have any questions about WordPress or if you need help setting up your website, feel free to reach out to (239) 776-9180 or info@blueprintwebdesign.com. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.

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