There are so many open-source content management systems (CMS) nowadays that our clients are usually faced with a problem when deciding the CMS platform for their new web site. But if we’re looking for stability, performance, easy of use and technical requirements, we’ll come up with a handful of options. In the past, choosing the “right” CMS was a matter of the client and project’s requirements, but now this is not completely valid since the paradigm of extensibility had driven the development of major CMS’ towards a model of core features that are extensible with extensions or plug-ins that fill virtually any requirement.
Many times choosing the right CMS is a matter of “mental models”: choosing the one that best fits our vision of how a web application should work and what it should provide to our clients, administrators and users.
At Kaleida we love WordPress. It is no doubt one of the most powerful and flexible publishing platforms in the world. Big companies are using this platform to run their high-traffic websites. WordPress is much more than a blogging platform. If you still see it that way, you will change your mind after seeing the great sites we have done using WordPress.
Below is a list of the top 10 reasons why we use -most of the times- WordPress to drive our sites:
1. Free and Open Source
Unlike other free and open source solutions that have hidden cost, WordPress is completely free. WordPress doesn’t start charging when a site hit a certain size, nor does it close off any of its code to you. This is one of the less tangible but probably most important elements of WordPress success.
2. Very Customizable, Flexible and Scalable
Check out our portfolio of web sites to see how customizable and flexible WordPress is. WordPress-driven web sites are scalable and can grow over the years. We can add a new theme without redoing your whole site. You can add new plug-ins for enhanced functionality. WordPress is used by millions of sites, from the simplest little blogs to huge brand names.
3. Extensive Library of Plug-ins
Plenty of platforms out there offer plug-in functionality, but I’ve never seen a more smooth and thorough implementation than the plug-in effort on WordPress. Plug-ins allow you to add SEO tools, photo galleries, sliders, shopping carts, forums, maps, forms, and more great functionality.
4. Outstanding WYSIWYG Visual Editor and CMS
The intuitive, user-friendly backend of WordPress is probably what made it so famous in the first place. WordPress is continually improving its CMS, adding features such as threaded comments, galleries, revision histories, trash, custom post types, and more. We have also customized the WordPress backend interface for more complex web sites and specific requirements. WordPress is so simple and easy to use that we can sometimes send a client a username and a password and they work out how to update their own site without any training.
5. Excellent for SEO (Google Loves WordPress)
At Kaleida, we focus on getting new customers for our clients via SEO. Over the years we have used many valuable SEO plug-ins (such as the All-In-One SEO Pack and Google XML Sitemaps). But even without these plugins, we always felt like the simple layouts of WordPress, the permalinks, and the easy linking in WordPress would be naturally attractive to Google.
6. Great for Blogs and Social Networking
WordPress really came to fame for blogging and is still considered by many to be a blog platform. Aside from the amazing advances as a CMS, the blog functionality is still the best in the business. With categories, tags, threaded commenting, easy theming, widgets, fantastic moderation controls, anti-spam solutions, and plug-in infrastructure, you can’t find a better blog solution.
7. WordPress Sites are Accessible
WordPress sites are usually built on relatively simple and accessible technologies. The web pages render in HTML and CSS allowing them to show up on iPhones, BlackBerrys, Android, iPad, etc. It’s also easy for alternative browsers such as text only browsers which are excellent for those with disabilities.
We take security very seriously. If we follow the necessary steps we can make a WordPress site very secure. It is also easy to update for security and new functionality.
9. Easy to Host with Simple Requirements
Almost all hosting services are 100% ready for WordPress installations. WordPress also uses open source technologies (PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, etc); that means low costs on development and on hosting.
10. Very Large Community
The WordPress community is by far the largest CMS community in the world. There are millions of people developing add-ons, plug-ins, themes, participating in forums and blogs, etc. This means lower development times.