Arin Adamson
By Arin Adamson | Web Dev | January 11, 2015

Why is WordPress the Best CMS?

WordPress LogoMany business owners and developers are looking for easy ways to develop a website inexpensively while ensuring ease that the site is easily maintained later down the road. If this is important for you or your clients and your website doesn’t need tons of custom functionality, you should be using WordPress. If you are not on WordPress, I would recommend there as soon as possible. Even if your website has lots of custom functionality, you may find it easy to migrate over, and subsequently less expensive to do maintenance on the website. So what gives WordPress the edge over all other CMS Systems? User friendliness for website admins and developers!

Open Source

What is my favorite thing about WordPress? It is open source! In today’s technological word, you cannot beat the versatility of open source applications. Even though WordPress comes stocked with specific capabilities, its open source library gives you the opportunity to build anything that can be imagined.

User Friendly Interface

WordPress’ user friendliness is top notch. Compared to all other content management systems I have used, WordPress has made it much simpler to administer your website and edit your website’s content. The stock interface comes laid out with an easy to use menu that is well-organized. You don’t have a thousand different links to choose from – the CMS menus are condensed into a handful of drop down menu items.

Additionally, the built in functionality of widgets and shortcodes gives people an easy way to add applications or snippets of previously written code anywhere in the website. If you are developer, the ability to use widgets and shortcodes to provide extra CMS functionality for your clients is very useful. It makes your clients 10x happier to have a product that they can maintain that much more efficiently.

The Community

WordPress has the largest community backing of any CMS. Typically if you search Google for help with issue you are having with WordPress, you will find someone who has had that issue before and a solution to the issue. If, for someone reason, you couldn’t find someone with the same issue, there are many support forums where you can find someone to help you with just about anything.

Plugins

Because WordPress is open source, the community has provided many plugins or additional functionality that does not come with a stock WordPress install. Plugins are very easy to find and install through the WordPress admin section. With WordPress having the largest community of any open source CMS, it has the largest library of plugins. If you want your website to perform a specific functionality, you have a good chance of finding a plug-in that provides that functionality. Even if a plug-in did not provide all of the functionality that you wanted, you can edit the plug-in to give you the specifications your website requires. Of course, when installing additional code into the website from a third party developer, the plug-in may not be compatible with your WordPress. However, from my personal experience this typically occurs much less frequently than plugins for other content management systems.

Theme Development

If the pre-built templates created by the WordPress community don’t satisfy you, the development for themes on WordPress is very easy. WordPress pre-defines the template name for posts, pages, categories, the header, the footer and some other base WordPress post types and taxonomies. Beyond that, you can customize your theme to your deepest imagination. Using the functions and methods WordPress provides by default, you can do just about anything. Even still, WordPress has a predefined file for php functions that are run before the output content. This file is called functions.php. In this file, you can change the functionality of the pre-coded front-end functions of WordPress. Do not forget to add one of these files to your WordPress theme. It can be very handy for customizing the output of many of the WordPress and WordPress plugin functions.

The Documentation

To a developer, the documentation of a CMS is very important. Without it, a developer would be required to look through the vast amounts of code running the CMS to understand what to use to build upon the CMS. Thankfully, WordPress has documentation that explains the code very clearly and WordPress even gives examples for each page of documentation.

Compared to other content management systems, WordPress’ documentation is superior. With other content management systems you may find yourself still questioning what this class or method actually does. With the WordPress documentation, you can easily cut down on the amount of research needed to be done to understand simple functions.

There are lots of great CMS options, but between community support, access to plug-ins and extra functionality, open sourced-everything, and maximum user friendliness, WordPress should be your top choice!

 

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