Do you know how many websites or blogs are using WordPress in 2018? I guess your answer is You do not know. When analytics companies around the world analyzed the data they gathered over years, they found out that more than 29% of total websites on Earth are using WordPress as their main CMS or Content Management System.
All the 29% websites being powered by WordPress are not blogs, some are websites and some are portals.
Now, do you know why is WordPress being preferred over other to build websites or blogs?
If you have never built a website or a blog earlier then I must tell you WordPress is one of the quickest and easiest ways to create your first blog or website live and operational in less than 5 minutes.
WordPress is a software provided by Automattic under GPLv2 or later and it allows you to create a website for free which you will later use to post more things like content or even transitioning your blog into a professional blog or a complete portal selling something.
What are the Benefits of Using WordPress?
You have many other blogging platforms which allow you to blog or create a website but there are many other benefits that you are unable to see when you launch your own WordPress website. I will be listing some of the benefits of WordPress which I think I came to know in my 11 years with WordPress.
1. Quick and Easy Installation
Whether you are using a cPanel based web hosting or a cloud-based web hosting, you will always find WordPress as an application ready to be installed.
Every cPanel based web-hosting will have Fantastico De Luxe Application which contains every application to be installed.
WordPress also comes with it with one click installation. You will have to just fill in some basic information like the directory, which website you want to install, username, password and it will install WordPress in less than 5 minutes.
Your website/blog will be live in under 5 minutes.
Even on Cloud hosting like CloudWays, Linode, Vultr and DigitalOcean WordPress installation takes less than 10 minutes and your website goes live.
2. Themes and Appearance
When WordPress was initially launched with default theme in 2003, it was plain and every one had to settle for the looks that it presented.
As of 2018, there are more than 1000 free themes in WordPress repository along with thousands other on various other platforms.
Envato marketplace is one of the largest marketplaces for WordPress themes where you can get practically any WordPress theme that you want, of course, the themes are paid versions and come with supports.
Basically, you can change the look of your website or blog to whatever you want these days.
3. Diversification of Website
With WordPress, you are not limited to blogging, you can create a very simple landing website, a directory, a hotel website, a membership website, an online questionnaire website.
Currently, in 2018 there are more than 10,000 plugins available in WordPress Repository available to help you achieve that.
Browse different plugins on Envato Marketplace for your needs.
Contact any WordPress plugin author to have a plugin created just according to your needs.
WordPress in itself is not SEO friendly so download any SEO plugin for that, if you want to have security then download any security plugin for that particular issue.
If you want to transfer WordPress from one server to another then you can download WordPress transfer plugin for that.
One of the good features of WordPress now is its update feature. You will be shown a notification in your WordPress Admin Panel if you have any updates available or not. You can easily update WordPress with one click.
Just update themes and plugins using WordPress auto-update feature if both of them supports. Updates make using WordPress easy and you are sure that no one can breach your security using injections or any hacks.
6. Open Source
WordPress is built in PHP and its source code is available under GPLv2. On top of it, there is a ton of documentation on WordPress Codex website which anyone can look. This is the reason why WordPress can support many plugins and themes.
Just learn some functions which you think are required for your plugin and next minute you created a new plugin, which can be submitted to WordPress Repository for download.
To be very honest, WordPress is one of the easiest software available for blogging and by using WordPress you can create magnificent websites or blogs which people might not even recognize until they see the source code.
For me, WordPress has been very easy to use and manage and I have WordPress installed on almost every website that I have owned till now.