WordPress offers a very affordable to create a website and offers some superb features, especially for managing your own content. However using a blogging framework as the basis of your corporate website can lead you down a specific avenue of creation and may not be for everyone.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source Content Management System (CMS), often used as a basis for a ‘blog style’ website. It has many features including a very extendable plug-in architecture and visual template system.
It is believed that WordPress is now used by nearly 15% of the top million biggest websites. (http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all)
A Little History Lesson
Once upon a time website used to be simple things. A few pages of textual content with some nice images, create simply and managed by a website designer.
Then came along some bright spark who thought it would be a great idea to make websites bigger, have lots more pages and better content. This ideally needed a database to manage all of this content and which they were at it, a management system to manage all of this new content.
Now website pages were built as and when they were needed by combining the site template and the data from the database, to create dynamic pages with changing content.
Blogging for Business
The interface and information needed to create and maintain these dynamic websites was growing ever more complicated and became known as a Content Management System (CMS).
There are many types of CMS on the market, some simple and some complex.
Some like Drupal or Joomla are massive systems that can do anything you can dream of but are really suited to the techno geeks of this world rather than business professionals just looking to add a new page of content.
WordPress is a much simpler (in appearance) CMS and has become a very popular tool to manage the content of a website. It was initially meant to allow people to create simple blogs of their thoughts but has now been developed into something so much more powerful.
It can be used as a blogging tool or as a basic CMS for small websites with a few pages of content.
WordPress for Websites?
So you can use WordPress to create websites then as well as blogs. So is this a good idea? That of course depends on how you use it.
- WordPress is massively common and so many people use it that it must be said to be proven
- It is so easy to create content. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can use WordPress
- It’s search engine friendly
- It’s massively extendable. The WordPress community is huge and there and so many plugins, extensions and templates
- You are bound by the limits of WordPress. You may want to do something on your website but if WordPress won’t let you – tough
- Because it is so popular it is also popular with the hackers out there
- You can’t really do eCommerce with it
- Blogging is almost limitless, normal pages do have their limits.
- You are bound by a kind of blogging look and feel to your website.
If you are just looking for a small, yet professional website with just a few pages of content, then sure go with WordPress.
If you want to have anything clever on your site, are looking for a bespoke website, want eCommerce or anything else, we strongly suggest that you look to a bespoke website design.