Thanks to today’s technology, if you’re looking to build a website, you have a wide variety of content management systems (CMS) to choose from. (A CMS is software that allows users to build, edit, and manage websites with little to no coding knowledge.)
With so many to choose from, it can leave many users wondering what the best option is.
With options like Drupal, Joomla, Magnolia, and many more, it can leave many users wondering which is the best choice.
Well, look no further! Our team at Yemba will tell you that one stands out above all the rest: WordPress.
We are big supporters of WordPress and many of our sites are built using this platform. Below, we’ve compiled a list of four reasons why WordPress is the best CMS on the market.
1. WordPress is Easy to Use
As we mentioned, WordPress is what’s known as a content management system—and it is one of the best!
This makes it very easy for someone who is not tech-savvy to navigate through the backend of the site. Whether that is editing pages or uploading new content, a beginner can easily do that with WordPress.
However, there’s always more to learn. As you become more experienced and familiar with the interface, you’ll have even more opportunities to customize your website and make it more advanced.
2. WordPress Promotes SEO
Search engine optimization (or SEO) is a must-have when it comes to having your church or nonprofit’s website easily found on the internet. If you want your site to reach your intended audience, it is key that you ensure Google trusts your site so that you will rank higher.
WordPress heavily promotes SEO practices such as optimizing content, using correct meta tags, and prioritizing keyword focus.
Also, WordPress has a variety of plugins (like Yoast SEO) that make optimizing your content easier than ever. If you put in the effort to optimize your website, WordPress can help your site rise in the rankings and be found by more people.
3. WordPress is Mobile Responsive
According to Statista, as of mid 2022, the percentage of website traffic from mobile visitors falls at 58.99%. This means if your website is not compatible on all platforms, you are at an extreme disadvantage!
WordPress does a great job with responsiveness on different platforms and it makes browsing the site easy and engaging. It allows you to view and edit your website on desktop, tablet, and mobile mode so you can make sure your website looks perfect on any device
4. WordPress Can Be Inexpensive
The WordPress software itself is 100% free. You can even use many of the available plugins and themes to help customize your site at no cost! There are many themes and plugins that are free; however, there are premium themes and plugins that you might consider that need to be purchased. Sometimes these purchases are one-time and sometimes they need to be renewed annually.
Also, to run a website you will have to pay for things like hosting, a web domain, and site maintenance. If you have the experience, your team can take care of site maintenance by yourselves. If not, it may be beneficial to pay a company to help you with these services.
5. WordPress is Secure
To put it simply, a hacked website is bad for everyone. Luckily, WordPress’ team takes security very seriously. They regularly work on releasing updates that improve website security and fix any vulnerabilities that they become aware of.
In addition, there are a multitude of plugin options that can help you make your website even more secure.
There are also severl way you can make your WordPress site even more secure.
Cons to WordPress
Here at Yemba, our team likes to be transparent with the organizations we serve. Though WordPress is our first choice for building websites, it does have a few downsides.
You’re in charge
If you use WordPress to build your organization’s website, that puts you in charge of everything. You have to secure your website, install updates, pay for hosting, and perform other typical site maintenance.
The ability to customize creates many options for you, but it also leaves you with the need to do a good bit of research and learning to make sure you cover all your bases.
It takes time
Though WordPress is beginner-friendly, it still takes time and dedication to familiarize yourself with the platform. Building a site can be frustrating in the early stages.
There are an almost unlimited number of options of themes and plugins that can be used to build your site. Knowing what works well, what is safe and what is being regularly updated can help you choose tools that will help you build your new site. If you are not familiar with these tools, finding solutions can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Hosting and domain fees
Though the website-building software itself is free, you will have to find somewhere to host your site and pay for your domain name (usually annually.) Many website owners choose to let a service provider do this for them.
Even though WordPress is a beginner-friendly CMS, sometimes it’s still best to call in the professionals. We love serving churches and nonprofits and would be honored to build your site and train your team to do content updates going forward.
If your organization is looking for a WordPress site but doesn’t have the time or experience to build it themselves, you’re in the right place! Our team is more than happy to serve you.
Get in touch with us today so we can start talking about your project.
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