WordPress is a powerful open source CMS platform, mainly used for blogs, due to its publishing features, and can also be used for many CMS websites, where one wants to manage the contents of their website.
Many business install WordPress onto their domain names, especially to create a blog or a news section for their visitors to read or to make their voice’s heard. Similar to other open source platforms, WordPress platform can be downloaded for free. Many web hosting companies offer a one click installation process to install WordPress.
Once you have installed Wordpess, you can customise the site according to your requirements. There are also many websites from where you can download a free WordPress theme , and install it on to your site, or a better option for building your own brand is to speak to a WordPress designer and design a unique bespoke theme solely for your website.
Wordprsss also has a huge range of plugins (aprox over 8,000) which can be installed and activated insatiately through the admin section of the website. The plugins range from many categories, such as galleries. Videos, SEO and much more.
The admin section of the WordPress site is probably one of the easiest and user friendly open source admin you will come across. You can start using and managing your sites content within minutes without any knowledge of coding. You can also update your site with ease, without worrying about the theme of your site changing.
Benefits of WordPress
Cost Effective– if your looking for a powerful blogging CMS platform, then with WordPress you can’t go wrong. It will offer you everything you need to update and customise your blog according to your needs. Also with its easy installation, and wide range of ready-made themes, you can have your blog up and running in no time.
Easy to use– As mentioned above WordPress is probably one of the easiest CMS systems to use for all. You don’t need to have knowledge of coding or any design skills, if you can use word document, then you can use WordPress.
SEO– You can easily optimise WordPress site to achieve the ranking your looking for, for your targeted keywords. Wordpress offers a wide range of SEO tools, which can help you optimize all the aspects of the site, from Meta Details to even creating an automatic site map.
Plugins – You can install wide range of plugins into your Wordpress site, similar to Joomla Extensions, there is a Wordpress Plugin for more or less anything. The admin section of the WordPress site has an option where you can search and install a plugin direct onto your website within seconds. When downloading a plugin you need to make sure it suitable and it’s the right plugin for your website.
You can read this article on downloading plugins: http://www.alrayeswebsolutions.com/blog/cms/which-joomla-extension-to-download/ which is for Joomla but can be applied to any open source platform.