In the last five years or so WordPress has evolved to surpass many of the other content management systems that are available. It has become stable, you no longer need to worry about updating to the newest version and what that will do to your site. Their security gets better and better with robust security plugins. And because of the huge community behind WordPress the possibilities of the types of sites you can build with it are nearly endless. It’s not longer just for bloggers.

Of course WordPress is still a great blogging platform, especially when extended with plugins for customized layout design and advanced functionality. But these days you can do so much more with it.

By turning off the blog part of it, you can use this CMS for a professional or business website. There are many themes available for specific business types that easily get you the look that you want to present to your customers. Plugins are what take your site to the next level and make the functionality uniquely yours. For example, if you’re a massage therapist, your site could include online appointment scheduling, an intake form, and payment processing.

Recently, the WooCommerce plugin has made WordPress a viable e-commerce solution – perhaps even rivaling long-time online store systems like Zen Cart, Shopify, PrestaShop, and BigCommerce. And much more scalable than the others. WooCommerce has lots of its own extensions that allows for a la carte e-commerce development. So if you have a smaller online store, or need specific functionality but not the rest, you’re not stuck with a cumbersome e-store that you don’t actually need. Instead you get everything you want and leave the rest.

Having worked with many content management systems over the years I can say that WordPress is by far my favorite. It is easy to use, customize, and update. And it’s an all around good platform for a website of any kind. Of course you do have to learn how to use it, and that is a small investment of time. But it’s much more dependable than those drag and drop site builders that are all the rage these days.

With all of these changes made to WordPress overtime, the admin area has barely changed. Which is great, because once you learn your way around you know where everything is, like, forever. So if you’re looking for a long-term platform that keeps up with the times in both presentation and functionality this is it.

 

Have you used WordPress before or are you new to it? I like to your hear thoughts and opinions, which you can leave in the comments section. Cheers!

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