08 Feb Why You Should Be Using WordPress for Your Small Business (Infographic)
By now, everyone has heard about WordPress and how great this content management system is. Since its creation back in the spring of 2003, it has grown to power 28% of the world’s websites. That’s over one-quarter of all the websites in the world. Everybody seems to love WordPress, and there are many reasons why. Whether you’re a private employer, a small business or a large company, there are many benefits to switching to this content management system.
For starters, it’s one of the easiest platforms to build virtually any kind of website. What once started as a simple blogging platform has become remarkably versatile and is being used to build all types of websites, including magazines, portfolios, consulting, e-commerce, social media-based websites and more. It’s older than Twitter and Facebook and is available in 72+ languages. And did I mentioned it’s also open source and free to use?
WordPress Skills Are In High Demand
Basic WordPress websites are relatively easy to build and even easier to manage, which is all that’s needed for most people looking to setup their website. However, if you looking to dive deeper and learn more advanced skills, you can become a WordPress developer. As the result of WordPress being number one content management system, WordPress developer is one of the most requested job skill around the world. The average WordPress developer in the USA makes about $71,547 annually. On top of that, many web hosting companies created plans specifically designed to work flawlessly with WordPress. This means that it can be used with almost any hosting company, making it even more attractive for anyone who wants to earn a living developing WordPress websites.
WordPress Is Easy to Learn
For those who want to learn how to make WordPress websites on their own, there are two main ways to get started.
The first option is WordPress.com. WordPress.com is a hosting platform where beginners can easily set up their website without being tech savvy. There is nothing to install and when you create an account on WordPress.org, the website is automatically created for you. This way you can focus on creating content rather than spending time learning how WordPress works. However, hosting your website on WordPress.com has some limitations. Check out resources below to see what they are and what some of the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org are.
For those who are more technically adequate, there is WordPress.org. This method of using WordPress gives users total control over their website and allows them to build any type of website and host it with a hosting company of their choice.
If you want to learn how to use WordPress, there are tons of tutorials available online. Below are few helpful WordPress resources to help you get started.
If you want to learn more, check out these WordPress Resources:
- Why Use WordPress? A Deep Dive Into 10 Good Reasons
- Wordprss.com vs Wordprss.org – Which is Better?
- WordPress.com or WordPress.org
- How to Make a WordPress Website – Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
Great WordPress Community
WordPress has been loved and universally embraced by a tech community. There are over 1,269 meetup groups for WordPress around the world and it still growing. Upon creation of WordCamp in 2016, which are official WordPress events, there were 115 WordCamp events in 41 countries in that year alone. All of the organizers and speakers were unpaid volunteers, which goes to show how much enthusiasm and support is rallied behind the beloved CMS.
Who Uses WordPress
WordPress is versatile, extremely user-friendly and also easy to learn. As the result, it’s been adopted by some of the biggest companies in the world.
48% of Technorati’s Top 100 are managed with WordPress.
11 Fortune 500 companies use WordPress.
49% of the top 1 million websites in the world use WordPress. Sweden’s Official Site is on WordPress, as well as Milwaukee Police News, United States Mission Geneva and the Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines.
44.8% of universities around the world use WordPress, including Harvard Blogs, the University of Berlin and the Nieman Journalism Lab at the Harvard University.
Even many celebrities use WordPress, including Jay Z, Martha Stewart, Serena Williams and Katy Perry.
These are just a few reasons why WordPress is so widely known and accepted, but to really understand it, you should try it for yourself.
Latest WordPress Developments
If you still not convinced, check out the latest WordPress developments.
It’s been announced that Google and WordPress formed the partnership where they will work together in order to improve the speed and performance of WordPress sites. This means that this well-loved CMS will only continue to grow and thrive for a long time to come.
- Google dedicates engineering team to accelerate development of WordPress ecosystem (Search Engine Land)
Take a look at this Website Builder infographic to learn some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about WordPress.