Why Oh Why Should You Use WordPress?

I started out using WordPress about nine months ago and have never looked back.  Coming from a web design background, I was originally very skeptical, especially given that many of my clients websites has been designed utilizing state of the art design software and they still had to fight to get ranked in Google and other major search engines.  One of my first experiences with WordPress…I installed a WordPress theme for a client on a Tuesday morning.  I simply installed the theme, no content or anything was up yet and on Thursday, my client called me and said that their domain was pulling up in Google's organic rankings under their primary keyword!  #4 on GOOGLE!  WHAT!! I was stunned.  The advantages of using WordPress are many but here are a few that come to mind off the top of my head.

You Can Own Your Own Domain Name

WordPress is a very well known blogging platform for self hosted blogs. Self hosting means any user can choose any hosting provider of their choice and install WordPress platform on it. Users can choose their own custom domain name instead of sub-domain names.  Example:  www.yourname.com instead of www.yourname.blogspot.com.  WordPress is also a tremendous tool for web site development.  Some web site designers might not share this with you because it opens the door to DIY'ers. 

Plugins

Plugins are a backbone of the WordPress platform. By making use of plugins, users can customize performance of their blog according to their needs. Some famous plugins are All in one SEO, Akismet, Robots meta, SEO friendly images, etc.  Plugins are a tremendous tool to the end user because it allows for tons of customization options with a few clicks of the mouse. 

Highly Customizable

Themes decide the look and navigation of the blog or website. WordPress offers lots of customization options within their themes. There are tons of themes available for WordPress. Both free and what is considered premium themes which will cost some dollars but can be worth it in the long run.  Users can download the themes according to category and what they need for their individual looks or "brands".

Easy to Use

I have often told people if they can use Microsoft Word, they can use WordPress. It is very easy to use and makes it a perfect platform for content management. Someone with little experience can start using WordPress very effectively with little assistance and if you hit a road block, Google it and there are tons of self-help videos out there for WordPress. WordPress.org has incredible info that you can use to quickly learn WordPress.

Designs

Experienced users can modify the CSS files to get their own designs according to their needs.

It Is Totally FREE!

Free is always good!  Since WordPress is an open source bogging platform so it is totally free of cost to the end user.  If you are a DIY'er, you can do this!  If you are not a DIY'er and you want to hire an experienced WordPress installer, click here. But I am here to tell you, YOU can do this! It is fairly easy to learn and implement quickly.

SEO Friendly

The search engines love WordPress!!!!

Want to be on the first page of Google?  WordPress is an extremely viable vehicle to get you there.  WordPress comes with a self ping feature. This feature sends ping to different search engines every time the blog or website is updated. Also there are lots of plugins available for WordPress which can extend the WordPress reach.

WordPress Will Save You Time and $'s

WordPress has a very simple editing platform and the plugins will allow you to quickly put into place complex functionality on your site that would normally take a lot of time to learn or it would cost you lots of $'s to hire someone. You can actually own and manage your own content with very little effort. It will save you a ton of time and money. It will  allow you fire your web guy or gal, your programmer, your coder; whatever technical guru you may have felt you needed and allow you more time to devote to income producing activities!


 

Kim Garst has been a Mompreneur for almost 20 years and has built a 7 figure income from her home.  Currently she shares her business and marketing savvy through coaching and consulting with clients around the world. Kim specializes in helping you get more sales, more leads and more clients utilizing social media and the Internet as a whole. Her systems are easy to implement and get quick results for small businesses as well as new and established solopreneurs.

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Diane
Diane
10 years ago

I totally agree with all your points above.  At first I was scared to use it, but I purchased a premium theme that is very easy to customize without having to know any CSS, and now I love it.  I wonder why more people don't use it.

Debra Hegler, President
Debra Hegler, President
10 years ago

I agree. We use wordpress blog. It's simple, easy to use from anywhere. This was a timely comment because we coach small businesses where the principal doesn't always even want to be tech-savvy. So WordPress is an easy answer to help clients get started on the information highway!

Joline
Joline
10 years ago

I am slowly realizing I MUST switch . . . making it a "summer project". I feel overwhelmed by it – but after reading you and Sandi, it is a change I must make . . .

Steve Chihos
Steve Chihos
10 years ago

Great summary – Short and sweet.  I use WP for all the reasons you list.  I'm having more fun these days developing content for my blog and spending less time trying to manage site/tech stuff. Thx for the article! -Steve
 

Pete Fountain
Pete Fountain
10 years ago

I resisted WordPress at first – I thought I had to build sites from scratch until i realized the time and money I was wasting. I've come to love WordPress and look to it before considering alternatives. It's a waste of time and money to reinvent the wheel. Most of all, many 'regular' people can handle WordPress, so with some training I can turn some sites over to clients to edit and update their own information. 

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Reply to  Pete Fountain
10 years ago

Same, Pete! Love WordPress and I too resisted it. As webmasters it is also great when the small things that would eat up a lot of your day, can now be accomplished by the client!

Suha
Suha
10 years ago

Hi Kim, I still consider myself a wordpress newbie, thanks for the confirmation that im on the right track :). Now, onto taking my blog to the next level. Loads of great info here-gonna stick around for a while.

Marie Leslie
Marie Leslie
10 years ago

Woo Hoo for WordPress! I, too, am a WP convert and a believer.  So much easier than my earlier websites and so much more creative.  And I love the way Google loves it.

Peggy Malone
Peggy Malone
10 years ago

WordPress makes it easy for those who are tech-challenged to get started and to easily make changes while entering into the world of blogging!  It has made my cyber journey much more enjoyable 🙂

becklee
becklee
10 years ago

nice post I fell in love with WP years ago and think it is the best I shared your post on my facebook and twitter today maybe help others
thanks
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Kathleen Kiser
Kathleen Kiser
10 years ago

Agree.  I used blogger and I still do but I like WP Best.  I tell people but they seem to think it is difficult and that I must be smart.  I like that too.  

Keri
Keri
10 years ago

Kim,

People have been asking me about my site updates.  And how they can be efficient with their site and social media.

I'm not a designer or web developer, but I'd like to think I am at least somewhat social savvy.  Somehow, when I've been trying to explain WordPress to people, I don't quite hit the concepts home.

Thanks for providing the information above in sensible, bite-size, "gettable" pieces.  I'll certainly refer people to read in the future.

~Keri

Daniel K
Daniel K
10 years ago

Totally agree! I use wordpress a lot for my clients. Specially for the ease of use when looking for a content management system. Lots of plug-ins!!! Like this fantastic plug-in that shows your site very nicely on my iPhone… Have a great day!

Devender
Devender
10 years ago

Hello Mam, Great information… thanks for sharing this .. i will also share this useful information to my friends circle.

Thanks
Devender

Anne (Annie) Berryhill
Anne (Annie) Berryhill
10 years ago

Wow Kim, you should make a commission on the amount of people that will be switching over because of your article! I agree with you 100%! The ease of WP is unmatched and with Google’s love of it, it is a no-brainer! Great post!

admin
admin
10 years ago

I need to do that, Juan! Just haven’t gotten around to it yet :-(…too many things in my day :-). Thanks for the comment!

Philip Donnelly
Philip Donnelly
9 years ago

Hi Kim, I totally agree with your views and recommendations for WordPress. Excellently put and I've added a back link to your article. Philip.

admin
admin
9 years ago

I have not had a problem with Google Adsense.

Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis
9 years ago

Hi Kim, We use WordPress for a number of sites for both clients, as well as ourselves- I agree, it is fantastic. I find it easy to use, and very SEO friendly. Excellent article

admin
admin
Reply to  Helen Lewis
9 years ago

Love WordPress ;-). Thanks for dropping by!

Bryan Ring
Bryan Ring
9 years ago

My landscape company would have been lost in the "Maps" world if not for WordPress.  Absolutely love WP's functionality and customization abilities. Plugins can be a game changer, but can also slow your site down. The greatest feature for me is the thousands of themes that are compatible with WP's software, because I have no designing skills. Thank you for me finding you Kim, I appreciate your word & work.

admin
admin
Reply to  Bryan Ring
9 years ago

It’s amazing, right? So glad that your company is thriving because of WordPress!

admin
admin
9 years ago

Yes, that’s actually an excellent idea for a post 😉

admin
admin
9 years ago

It’s amazing, right?

Kim Garst
8 years ago

Love Yoast 😉

Kim Garst
8 years ago

I will never go back 😉

Kim Garst
8 years ago

WordPress is simply amazing! Glad you decided to go with it!

Boom! Care Squad
7 years ago

Jeremy,
Thanks for your feedback. Actually, switching from Blogger to WordPress is something that is done all the time. You may want to do some research about the best ways, but it is very common, especially now. You should be able to handle it without a problem.
Boom Care Squad – Aida

Kim Garst
7 years ago

YES, it sure is, Tomas! Thanks for dropping in!

Kim Garst
6 years ago

True believer myself 🙂

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