For years I considered WordPress to be a great software for building blogs. I never considered using it for building static websites. For static websites, you use HTML (HyperText Markup Language)/CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) right? Not necessarily. After doing some research, I found that WordPress is a wonderful platform to build great looking websites fast, easy and cheap!
Why even consider WordPress as a website building software? Well, I can think of three great reasons:
- Ease of Use – WordPress is one of the easiest and most user friendly programs out there. You do not need any type of specialized knowledge, such as HTML or CSS, to build a website when using WordPress.
- Built-in Tools – All the tools that you need to build your website are built-in. Tools such as page editor, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) managers, embedded video and audio, e-commerce, and an incredible array of tools available via plug-ins (most of them FREE!) make this program a very formidable one.
- Search Engine Friendliness – Search engines love blogs, because of the “freshness” of the information. With all the available plugins for SEO, you can optimize your website without having to be an SEO Guru.
If your knowledge of HTML/CSS is limited, or if you are frustrated with having to spend endless hours lining up text and pictures, or changing a small menu item on all the pages of your website, you may want to consider using WordPress as a platform for your next website.
You can get a website installed, optimized and running in about a day. Yes, a day. And I am not talking about a one page site, I am talking about a 10 page website.
In addition to the ease of installation and setup, you can add tons of extra functionality to your website through the use of plugins. Plugins are small pieces of software (most of them free) that add very specific functionality to your website. Functionality such as SEO optimization, form creation, automatic backup of the website, automatic updates, e-commerce (shopping carts for products and services), etc. The list is endless.
One thing that always helps a website with SEO is the use of a blog. When you build a website using WordPress, you have your blog “built-in.” All you have to do is add a tab on your website, and you go. Start adding good and relevant content to your blog, and with the help of pinging and SEO plugins, you will have your site indexed and ranking in no time.
So, next time you are in a hurry to put up a website, you may want to consider using WordPress as the foundation of your new website. You will love it.