When it comes to building and designing a website, there are many, many systems available to use, but at Solamar we always use WordPress. WordPress is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) that has been around since 2003, and it is hands down the best choice for use as the building blocks of any website we make, for a number of reasons.
Most clients don’t want to know the gritty details of the inner workings of their site, they just want it to look good and work properly, but using WordPress is one of the things we do to ensure that good looks and seamless functionality come with every Solamar website, and it can’t hurt to understand the reasons we do what we do. So stick around, and I’ll give you a quick tour of why WordPress is such a rockstar, and our default CMS choice.
It’s Insanely Popular
Being cool isn’t usually a good reason to choose anything, but in the world of open-source software, the larger the user base, the more secure, stable, and supported the software is. WordPress is used more than any other CMS in the market by a long shot. There are over 455 million WordPress sites in the world and counting. Those sites make up 21.5% of the top 10 million sites on the internet, and 60.1% of those using a CMS of any kind. The next highest CMS on the list, Joomla, comes in at a whimpering 3.2%.
One of the reasons WordPress has such an incredible market share is that it’s completely free. You can self-host it, and at no point do you need to pay to download, install or upgrade it. In addition, there is an ever-growing library of plugins you can use to extend WordPress’ functionality, and they are also often free. The chances are, if you want your website to do something, anything, there is a free plugin that can make it happen.
It’s Highly Flexible
Not only is WordPress capable of extending its functionality via plugins, but the framework itself is also malleable to a significant degree. This allows us as developers and designers to craft websites that fit the vision of our clients without compromise, and with relative ease. Its large user base means that anytime we run up against a particularly devious challenge, the likelihood that a solution has already been discovered by someone else is high.
It’s Easy To Use
When WordPress was first created, it wasn’t the powerhouse CMS you see today. Instead, it was designed to be a simple and easy-to-use blogging solution. While it has grown in leaps and bounds, it has always remained true to that core approachability. Thus, the documentation and user interface have been designed from the ground up for internet novices. This means we can hand our sites over to clients knowing that with a small amount of training, they will be able to use their sites without any frustration at all.
So if you are in need of a website, you can come to Solamar knowing that we use technology that delivers not only an attractive and functional site, but one that can grow with you and will be easy for you to use. Sound good? Give us a shout.