At Go Creative Go! we choose WordPress (instead of Joomla or Drupal).
Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: there are some occasions when Joomla and/or Drupal win out over WordPress: WordPress is more frequently targeted by hackers (thus requiring more attention to security) and really falls flat as a true content management system, which means it can get difficult to manage large amounts of content. That said, we made the decision early to focus on WordPress for about 99% of our website production.
After all, if WordPress is good enough for the New York Times, CNN, and Reuters, we like our chances.
Here are just a few things we love about WordPress:
- It’s a community. While themes and plugins are regularly sold, the WordPress software itself is open source, which means it’s completely free to use and tinker with. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform out there, powering over 60 million websites. A community that size means constant innovation and upgrades. It’s an R&D department that would make Fortune 500 companies jealous. Another bonus that comes from the open source community: there’s a huge network of people eager to help with whatever problems you’re having, from novice to expert. Go ahead and try it! Get yourself in a WordPress jam, post your question on the WordPress.org forums and see how quickly some kind stranger comes to your aid.
- The back-end is very easy to use. We always tell people, if they can use Microsoft Word, they can probably handle the WordPress backend just fine. It’s a simple, intuitive interface that a novice user can understand within an hour or two. An easy-to-use interface is a win-win: clients are empowered to make changes on their own, so they can enjoy saving time and money on maintenance, while we enjoy not always having to be the gatekeepers for sites, which saves us time.
- Plugins, plugins and plugins. WordPress’ plugin library is seemingly infinite. Some of them are free; some of them are sold as premium plugins. Regardless of which kind you use, you’d be hard-pressed to find an issue that can’t be fixed by a WordPress plugin.
- WordPress is integrated with most web hosts. When we first started using WordPress about 5 years ago, the most baffling part was getting the whole thing installed. If you’re not familiar with PHP and MySQL databases, it can be a bit tricky. However, much of that hassle has been alleviated with wizards and “one-click install.” Now, with most hosts, installing WordPress is as simple as clicking a button, then following a few on-screen prompts.
Bottom line, if you’re interested in setting up and maintaining your own website, head to WordPress.org and go for it. The pricing is right (you really just need to pay for a domain and hosting), it’s easy to use, and the support network is all there.
If you should run into problems, we’re here for you. We offer WordPress training sessions in addition to our design and development services. We also plan to launch a series of video tutorials. We love empowering people to become their own webmaster!
Have we wooed you with the wonderful that is WordPress?