Okay, I love WordPress.
I think it’s brilliant not only is it extremely useful it’s also easy to use. I’m even using it right now to write this. I discovered WordPress in around 2007 and ever since it’s been my CMS (Content Management System) of choice. I have used other packages like Joomla but WordPress stood out to me as having a massive user base of lots and lots and lots of plugins and themes along with the fact the famous 5 minute install meant I could be up and running in no time at all.
I am well aware that many people prefer other systems such as Drupal or Joomla along with countless others and in no way I am suggesting WordPress is King of the Castle rather WordPress is my tool and so I’ve chosen to write about it.
So why use a system like WordPress on your site?
Why not create static pages?
Why not just use PHP and have dynamic pages?
1. WordPress offers you the chance to add features that take hours of coding and styling in just a few clicks. I especially like plugins and the fact I can have a fully functioning Gigs Calendar or integration with Facebook with very little effort. The same is true of themes for many people, although as I design themes myself I use other themes less and less.
2. Following on, WordPress offers you a membership system that enables you to have sites where there are many contributors but you don’t want them to be able to access core settings that could disrupt the site either accidentally or otherwise. User management is a key reason why I love WordPress.
3. But why not just use dynamic pages using PHP?
I think aside from user management the fact that after install WordPress can do it all for you is a major strength. In less than 15 minutes you can have a site with a couple of brief pages on the web! (Assuming you’ve got hosting and a domain). There’s also reams of documents about how to perform certain tasks in WordPress using things like wp_list_pages to create nice navigation menus that are dynamically updated whenever you add a page. The joy of everything coming together in a theme you’ve designed is great.
4. WordPress is used everywhere. The fact that it is used in many places and for a lot of leading companies I hope means that WordPress will be continually developed and new features added. I’ve seen this take place with the evolution of WordPress 3.0 and I know from subscribing to the WP-Testers Digest a lot of work is going on to make WordPress the best it can be!
WordPress has allowed me to add new features and get a feel for the many advantages of having dynamic content. What also attracts me to WordPress is that it allows me to design in the same way I have always done. Except for replacing a few tags with PHP I hand code the CSS and HTML exactly as I want it without WordPress telling me what to do or limiting me.
Finally, WordPress has been a valuable tool in creating my own sites and sites for others as well.
I will certainly be a long-term user – will you?
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