When should I use WordPress?
Is WordPress a right solution for my website?
Why is my web designer/developer suggesting WordPress for my website?
If you are seeking answers to any of these questions then you’ve landed on the right page. I’ve faced these questions many times from DIGICORP clients and Propeller users.
In this article, I’ve compiled a list of “Use cases where you can find out When to use WordPress, should the need arise?”
Before I answer “When to use WordPress”, let me shed some light on WordPress.
A Brief Introduction to WordPress
WordPress was released as a free and open source content management system (CMS) in May, 2003. Initially looked upon as a blogging platform, it later became immensely popular since it was free and easy to use Content Management System with an ability create small and medium sized websites quickly & efficiently.
Backed by a large community of contributors, WordPress has seen a considerable and steady improvement in its development ever since.
Common Use Cases of WordPress
One of the best part about WordPress is its ease of use. Building and Managing a WordPress site does not require a lot of time or money. Due to these factors, WordPress is used in many ways. Some of them are:
- A Blog
- Small Business Website
- Online Shop with basic ecommerce features
- A Social Network
- A Classified Website
- Personal Websites/Work Portfolios
If you look around the Web, WordPress has been used and implemented in various ways. It all depends on one’s needs and priorities.
Now When to use WordPress
According to me most of the marketing websites are built with an objective to display information about company and its offerings and with a goal to reach maximum possible users/audience.
Q. Are you building a website to display information?
Information can be anything, from a Company’s Mission and Vision statement, its team , its service offerings or a Restaurant’s menu and its serving hours or an educational institute, its reach in various locations and the offered courses.
Q. Do you need a flexible and an extensible website, that can be updated as your business grows with time?
Well, most of the website owners do need it (at least the ones I’ve know in past 12 years). They want to
- precisely specify design elements,
- operate under a specific domain name,
- upgrade their hosting server as per their needs.
And more than anything else – they need flexibility to add a chatbot, a user feedback form, an online store, new range of products or services or something else.
If your answer to both the questions is Yes, then you should use WordPress.
WordPress allows you to build your website at first place, use and manage it easily, and provide you flexibility to grow it.
Yes, it does have certain security vulnerability issues. But there are ways to keep the trespassers away.
Few handy tips:
Here are few of the websites built using WordPress themes from Propeller.
WordPress as a CMS has worked for us in many ways and for many instances. Although there have been times when we have restricted ourselves from choosing or suggesting it for few solutions depending on the need and situation.
Like its counterparts, WordPress too has restrictions and disadvantages. The key is to choose it and apply it rightly keeping in mind the use case.
Everything mentioned above is my opinion. These are the few important parameters that I keep in mind while choosing WordPress for the sites and themes we build at DIGICORP and Propeller. I’ve not talked about the technical parameters and restrictions here. Couple of quora discussions here might help you know more:
Are you facing the same questions? Feel free to connect. I would be happy to answer.
By Supriya on May 10th, 2018