Did you know: WordPress has over 60.5% of CMS market share and is used by almost 34% of websites on the web.
In contrast, Joomla, the second most popular CMS, holds just 5.2% of CMS market share.
Why do you think there is such a difference between the two leading content management systems?
Why do you think over 75M websites use WordPress?
Based on my 10 years of experience and data from WordPress stats and facts, I can say these are the most amazing benefits which make WordPress stand out from the competition: it’s easy to use, efficient, comprehensive, and affordable. In this post, I’ll address each one in turn.
1. Ease of Set-Up and Use: The Primary Reason For WordPress-Popularity
Compared to any other top CMS, WordPress is easy to install, set-up, and use.
There are plenty of comprehensive, easy to read, step-by-step guides on how to connect domain names with hosts. What’s more, almost every web host has auto installers like Softaculous or one-click installers like Mojo.
With that in mind:
It’s easy to see why installing WordPress is a five-minute task for anyone – even without any technical expertise.
Even for the complete novice, the WordPress dashboard does not raise any critical issues. Why not? Because almost every option on there is quite intuitive.
All you need to do is play around with the dashboard for a day or two, and you can easily figure out the benefits of themes, plugins, and widget customization WordPress has to offer for basic website set-up.
Ease Of Use
It may be difficult to believe, but using WordPress is even easier than installing or setting it up. You can create new posts, edit them, and customize front-views using their default theme options and widgets.
And that’s not all:
You can configure new features with plugins far more easily than you would with any other CMS.
2. Comprehensive and Versatile: Build Anything with WordPress
WordPress has thousands of free themes to help you develop websites for different needs.
It gets better:
There are hundreds of companies curating tons of premium themes with a wide range of customization options, which enable us to build almost any type of website with WordPress
Endless Plugins: Add any Feature You Want to Your Website
Do you know WordPress has a plugin that shoots random Darth Vader quotes in the admin area of a WordPress site?
This may not sound particularly useful. Newsflash: it isn’t!
At the same time, there is WooCommerce, a WordPress plugin that powers over 28% of online stores on the internet.
Might sound confusing!
All I’m trying to say is:
Pretty much anything, from simple Darth Vader quotes, to the most complex type of ecommerce tools (WooCommerce), can be embedded in WordPress websites
As of now, there are more than 50,000 WordPress plugins. They provide almost every feature a webmaster might need.
Most of these plugins require no technical skills. You just install them, and you’re ready to go. How cool is that?
Customization: It’s Easier than You Think
Let’s assume you have some unique website development requirement and can’t find any theme or plugin that does what you want.
Even in such cases, the open-source nature of WordPress can come to the rescue.
The thing is:
All you need to do is find the right developer who can play around with WordPress-Hooks, Filters, and Actions, and you can customize WordPress to suit any of your needs.
Versatile: WordPress “Can DO”!
Thanks to the huge number of themes and plugins, WordPress is no longer just a blogging platform. You can now build almost any type of website or web app on WordPress.
In addition to e-commerce stores, you can use WordPress to create single-page web apps, portfolio sites, business directories, coupon websites, appointment management sites, websites with gallery displays, hotel and restaurant management sites, websites with user profiles, ad listing websites, and so on… the list is endless! All you need to do is find the right plugin or theme.
With WordPress, you can think of yourself as an artist. You can do pretty much anything that captures your imagination! The sky’s the limit.
Add to this remarkable versatility the crucial factors of cost and time efficiency, and you’ll see why the platform is easily any website building enthusiast’s top choice.
3. Efficient: Save Time while Saving Your Money.
If you know a thing or two about WordPress, you’re probably aware that it is open-source — meaning its free to use and explore! All you need is a good web host with better uptime and speed, and a domain name to take your website online.
You might be wondering:
“There are a hundred other open-source CMS solutions out there, how does that make WordPress an efficient solution?”
On top of being free to use CMS, WordPress also saves big on time. You can build a basic website in almost no time.
Try developing a custom-made website (which takes months to finish) or using some other free CMS solution to build a minimum viable product website. It can be any type of website – the MVPs built on other platforms takes much more time to finish and come nowhere near basic websites built with WordPress.
Besides the basic website building, customizations of any type are just a few clicks away, as mentioned earlier!
4. Massive Community Support
Having an issue with WordPress? Looking for advice on a feature or code modification?
WordPress meetup groups alone have more than half a million active members around the world. Most of them have a deep understanding of the CMS and are ready to share their knowledge.
Besides, there are thousands of WordPress resource websites on the internet.
That’s the power of the WordPress community!
So, there you have it. If you have any lingering doubts about relying on WordPress, you should cast them aside. For more stats and facts in graphic format to show you the real power of WordPress, checkout the impressive WordPress infographic from Hosting Tribunal.