Why a WordPress Site is Better than a Traditional Website
Posted December 23, 2013 by Aubrey Aynes in Web Design, Web Design Strategy, Web Development
Whenever there’s a discussion about using WordPress to build websites, a lot of times, we have to clear up a couple misconceptions or myths about WordPress and explain why it really is better than a traditional, static website.
The first thing that people think of when they hear “Wordpress,” is blogging. WordPress isn’t just blog software, but rather a very user-friendly CMS (content management system) software. Of course, it can be used to create blogs, but it can also be used to create websites, even ones without blogs. People also think that to use WordPress, developers have to use pre-existing templates to import content into. WordPress can be completely customized, if you have the know-how to do so. In that same regard, it’s also thought that in order for WordPress to operate, several plugins need to be utilized. Not only is that false, but it’s actually not advised as running too many plugins can break your website.
Now that there is no longer any confusion about WordPress, let’s jump into why it’s better than static websites and even other content management systems.
SAVES TIME & MONEY
Probably the number one reason that WordPress is better than regular static websites is that it saves our clients time and money. It allows users to input content that is dynamically displayed on the front-end using PHP and HTML. Not only do we provide tutorials on how to use the WordPress admin, but once they understand how to publish content, they no longer need to contact us to make minor text changes, which could cost them money and take some time to get completed. It’s a win/win situation for both parties involved, really.
Speaking of saving money, WordPress is open-source, which simply means that it’s free. While you still need to purchase a domain and hosting, it costs absolutely nothing to setup a WordPress installation on said domain. Not only that, but WordPress has an in-depth online manual, providing support for all users, whether you’re a developer or a client trying to input content.
SEARCH ENGINE FRIENDLY
There are search engine optimization (SEO) plugins that you can install and activate to integrate WordPress, but it actually comes SEO-optimized “out of the box.” That means even without additional SEO, your website is easier to be found than static websites or even websites built with other content management systems, and of course everyone wants that.
BETTER THAN OTHER CMS
Before WordPress came about, there was Joomla. While Joomla is still around, it’s surely dying out as developers and business owners are finding WordPress to be much better and easier to manage. Joomla works similarly to WordPress, utilizing PHP and HTML, but it is much less user-friendly and less consistent within its user interface. It has less support and updates and the risk of incompatibility of versions runs high.
Now that you realize why WordPress is better, you should also know that Springboard specializes in building custom themes for our clients and our developers know the ins and outs of WordPress. Also, while other companies may stylize existing templates, we don’t; we build complete WordPress themes from scratch to cater to the client that we’re working with. We don’t use templates and we also try to clear away from as many plugins as possible to ensure compatibility in the future.
If you’re eager to save time and money, integrate with a free content management system, optimize your website for search engines, and find out for yourself how great WordPress is, give us a call and let’s get started!