WordPress began as a simple CMS to create your own blog. Today it powers over 30% of all websites that are on the web. If your website is not running on WordPress yet, but you are strongly considering making the switch, here are some five good reasons that may help you decide.

1. Easy to set up

One reason WordPress got so popular is its famous 5-minute install. It literally only takes 5 minutes from the time you have downloaded the WordPress files from wordpress.org to the moment you can write your first blog post.

2. Easy to use

Apart from an easy installation, WordPress is incredibly easy to use. If you have ever written a document in Word, you basically know how to work with WordPress and publish your own content.

Project Guttenberg

Currently WordPress is in the middle of one of its biggest updates yet. The so called “Guttenberg Editor” will be changing the entire work and editing experience within WordPress. Many people in the WordPress community are excited about the new functionality this editor will bring to the platform, but there is a lot of criticism regarding the usability. If you want to stay up to date with the current progress and see what the future of WordPress looks like – check out https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

WordCamp Paris

Participants at the WordCamp Paris in 2016 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

3. A Passionate Community

WordPress is developed and improved by thousands of developers and users who are all as enthusiastic about this CMS as we are. If you ever get stuck or need help with WordPress, a Plugin or Theme, you are not alone and will find help. If you want to dive a little deeper into the WordPress community, we recommend attending a WordCamp, which are informal conferences organized by the community about everything WordPress! Check out https://central.wordcamp.org/ for more info!

4. Plugins – Add the functionality you want

As mentioned earlier, WordPress started out as a simple blogging CMS. But very quickly people began to write their own plugins, extending the functionality to an extent, that today you can basically realize any project you want. From large scale communities, online-shops to real estate websites, there are over 55,000 plugins to choose from, which is more than any other CMS out there. If you want to take a look at the essential plugins we recommend, check out our Blog post “9 Essential WordPress Plugins For Any Website

Twenty Fifteen - the default theme for WordPress

Twenty Fifteen – the default theme for WordPress

5. Themes – Change the look and feel

What Plugins do for functionality, themes do for layout and design. There are countless WordPress themes to choose from, free and premium. WordPress theme marketplaces such as http://themeforest.net have had continuous and growing success and today there is a WordPress theme for every niche you can think of, many of them easy to customize to your liking!

Conclusion

The success story of WordPress is based on its usability, functionality and a great community. Should you decide to create your next website with WordPress, you will be in good company!