We get a lot of questions about our choice to integrate WordPress into most of the websites we develop. Since WordPress is rapidly becoming an FAQ category, we thought we would give you a handy list of answers here!
Why We Use WordPress
There are a lot of benefits to using a content management system (CMS). For those of us who don’t know how to code websites, a CMS simplifies updates. You can add content, change images, and manage much of the site’s day-to-day maintenance without a developer’s help. And in our opinion, WordPress is the best option.
WordPress is an open source, free platform, which gives you more choices for customization. Open source software means that the source code (the code that was originally used) is available for modification. Which, in turn, means that we can build some pretty incredible things while still integrating a CMS. You can get a fully customized website with all the convenience of easy updates.
WordPress is also one of the most popular content management systems in the world. In this case, it’s popular because it works well. WordPress offers highly-flexible code for customization, and allows you to add plugins for extra features. Ultimately, we develop websites with WordPress with the hope that you will feel comfortable and confident managing your site.
The Myths of WordPress
As with nearly any product or service, WordPress comes with its fair share of myths and misconceptions. We want to clear up the two most common ones:
1. WordPress-integrated websites aren’t fully-developed websites. False. Even if a website has a WordPress CMS built in, it is still built through custom development and code. (Trust me, I’ve seen the developers at work – that’s a lot of code.) Not only that, but you can also manage it with greater ease.
2. You don’t have to be a professional to build a WordPress website. This is sort of true – sort of. You technically don’t have to be a professional to build a website on WordPress. But, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Professional developers have additional training in design and in development, so they have a clear understanding of what makes a website look good and how to build it that way. Plus, you get more with a professional. Professionals can build you a fully-customized layout with superior functionality. You’re also less likely to be paying for errors when you work with professionals.
So, should I choose WordPress?
The shortest possible answer? Yes.
If you want a fully-customized, highly-appealing website that you can update without calling your web developer, then WordPress is the best choice. We chose WordPress for our own site, and we haven’t regretted it once. It’s the best way to simplify setup and maintenance. We don’t want you to be at the mercy of an uncooperative website. That’s why we recommend WordPress in most circumstances. We can always operate under different parameters if needed, but WordPress is absolutely our favourite!