Are you looking to launch a new business website or overhaul your current old static HTML site? If so, content management systems are a great option. They let you manage and update your website from anywhere you have an Internet connection. But which should you choose?
Personally, I’m partial to WordPress. I have 50 current WordPress installations and I’ve used it to run a wide variety of websites. It’s far more than just a blog platform.
Reasons to Choose WordPress for Your Business Website
Here are some specific reasons you should consider using WordPress as the content management system to power your new business website:
- It’s free.
- It’s open-source and it has a huge community of developers constantly releasing new themes (website designs) and plugins (extensions to give you added functionality).
- WordPress allows you to run a dynamic website (where content on your homepage is automatically updated when you post new information).
- WordPress can also be used to run static-looking websites (where the main content doesn’t change). WordPress “pages” work just like static site pages.
- Widgets allow you to easily place supplemental content and features (like a search bar or list of your latest blog posts).
- WordPress makes it incredibly easy to run a static-looking website and a company blog, all from a single installation. Find out how.
- You can more easily integrate your website and social media accounts using WordPress plugins.
- WordPress can run just about any kind of website you can imagine, with the right theme and / or plugin. For example, you can run corporate websites, blogs, forums, social networks, job boards, Web directories, classified sites, daily deals / coupon sites, and much much more.
While you’ll ideally want to use a self-hosted version of WordPress with your own domain name and hosting (download from WordPress.org), you can test the platform out by signing up for a free WordPress.com account. Give it a try. What do you have to lose?
Do you run business websites using WordPress? What do you think of the platform? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.