When you’re relaunching a website or creating a new one, it’s important to choose the right content management system (CMS). There are lots out there, with WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal being the most poplar. Our pick though, is always WordPress.
WordPress is the most widely used CMS. According to the company, it currently powers 29% of the internet and has over 60 million users. But, these aren’t the only reasons that each site Niteowl Creative Inc. builds is on the WordPress platform.
Ease of use
WordPress is not perfect, but no CMS is. When it comes to usability though, it is by far the easiest platform for the average Joe (or Joanne) to use for content management. It’s intuitive for anyone with a bit of technical knowledge and easy to learn for those who don’t have much tech know-how.
Drupal and Joomla are both well known names in the world of websites but are not generally favourites for most developers due to the extremely bloated code. WordPress has been criticized for this as well, but it’s not as much of an issue as with competitors.
From a user standpoint, you need to be a bit more of a techie to use Drupal and Joomla in order to make changes or get the customization that you want. WordPress is made for anyone to use, not just developers.
Outside of being an industry standard, Niteowl Creative Inc. uses WordPress because it allows for almost endless customization without compromising quality.
There are literally thousands of themes (both free and for purchase) to choose from. For the do-it-yourselfers with some technical skills, you can easily update your own look and feel in terms of colours and images on most WordPress themes.
The number of plugins available on this platform is outstanding as well. Galleries, statistic gathering, forms, databases, calendars — you name it, there is a plugin for it. This allows for more technical attributes and further customization on every site, making almost anything possible.
WordPress is an open-source system that can be self hosted. It can be downloaded, installed and updated for free. You aren’t locked into a specific service provider or host when you use WordPress.
So if you’re hosting your site with one provider and need to change, you can take your site and go.
Since WordPress has the most marketshare, it’s easier to find online support and developers that know WordPress and PHP.
We all know how great technology is, until something goes wrong. You don’t want your online store or entire digital presence to be out of commission for an extended period because you can’t find someone who knows your system.
Like I said earlier, WordPress is not perfect. As great as plugins are for easily adding increased functionality, depending on the ones you use, they can make the site clunky.
Also, spammers and hackers often target WordPress sites due to the sheer popularity of them. It’s important to keep your plugins up to date and have some other security measures in place. This can be done easily with proper coding.
Overall, our list of pros for WordPress is much longer than our cons. We strive to build websites of the best quality so we use the best options out there. In our opinion, which is shared by about 60 million others, the best is WordPress.