One of the first and foremost decisions you make after deciding to build a website, is what programming language you want to build it on?
A few choices that come in mind are: PHP, .NET, Java, Ruby, and Python. If you want to build your website using PHP, then you can also use its Content Management System (CMS), such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.
Building a website on a CMS is often more user friendly and cost efficient. It allows you to make updates and changes to the website yourself – quickly and easily – without having the need to call your web programmer again and again. WordPress is the most popular CMS and is ranked at #1 CMS in the current ratings. According to an online survey, WordPress now covers almost 25% of all the sites that exist today.
WordPress has a user friendly interface. The biggest advantage of having a WordPress website is that it is self-sustaining. It means that the need of a developer ends just when he hands it over to the administrator. The admin can add as many pages and images as he likes when he gets hold onto the admin panel. Initially the developer builds the theme and sets the widgets of the site. Once the site is complete and gets uploaded on some domain and control is transferred to the admin, it can easily be edited and updated. Before this, it was almost impossible for anyone to even edit a single line anywhere on the site without referring back to the developer. But this framework has provided so much ease and comfort to even the non-technical people and corporate managers that they can reduce the site maintenance cost by just affording onetime cost of site building and then can easily manage and update the site themselves.
It is browser based which means with the availability of internet and a computer, the admin/owner of the website can easily login and manage the tasks from anywhere. This type of CMS is ideal for blog writers. Because it was originally designed as a platform for blogging, the blogging capabilities are built-in and easy to integrate. It is mainly for this reason that most of the blogging sites are built on WordPress.
Another reason for choosing this framework is its off the shelf plugins and themes. It offers a huge variety of ready-made, paid and unpaid themes and plugins, which can be easily used and integrated for building a site. If you want to add a certain feature in your website, there is a maximum chance that you might find the right plugin for it. This distinctive characteristic alone enormously cuts the time, effort and cost of website development.
WordPress is a self-reliant system and does not require HTML editing software, for example: Adobe Contribute or Dreamweaver. The admin can create a new page, blog post, format text, upload images (edit them), upload documents, video files, image galleries, etc. all without the need of HTML or FTP.
It offers several great Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools that allow the on-site SEO easily. Each, page, post or image can have its own Meta tag keywords allowing for much specified search engine optimization. The keywords can also be used to further enhance the SEO efforts.
Another great feature of WordPress is its scalability. You can have hundreds of thousands of pages or blog posts on the site without compromising the performance.
As an administrator of a WordPress site, you can create multiple users for the website. You can assign specific roles with different levels of accessibility to each user. A user can either be marked as an Administrator, Editor, Author, a Contributor, or a Subscriber. All these roles specify the level of available tasks and restrictions which gives the comfort of managing the uploaded content and maintaining site-wide security. Permissions for them can be modified via a plugin User Role Editor, if required.
With the above mentioned features and the introduction of some more modernized plugins, it has now become the world’s most popular CMS. From bloggers to independent entrepreneurs to small/medium scale businesses, it is being used to design and develop interactive and dynamic websites easily and successfully.