What is the best CMS? How to choose the best option for my needs? Why WordPress? These and many other similar questions will go through our head of a beginner who wants to start his first web service from scratch. If we have to make a new web project (or even update an old one) and surely, after the first Google searches, we will see that one name sounds stronger than others: WordPress. But why is WordPress, almost always, the best option to make our website?
We will try to clarify some key points that have made this CMS convert into the most popular in the world. More than 25 million pages were made using it as a base. That means that more than half of all pages in the world made with a WordPress! You might be wondering why is that the case and just as you take a brief look at all of its advantages the doubts and questions start to vanish. In today’s article, we will show you the reasons why WordPress is the best choice as a CMS for a beginner.
Start Simple and Make It Complex
WordPress has gone from being a simple content manager to become an ecosystem. Thanks to the way it has evolved, it is possible to create a network of pages or an online store from a blog to a corporate page. No matter how complex your project is, you can probably use WordPress as a base, which saves a lot of time and money in development.
The evolution of WordPress to most used CMS worldwide has been the direct consequence of the great work done by the WordPress foundation worldwide, organizing large events (WordCamps), small training talks (Meetups) and providing documentation of use and development that is not available to many. In addition, by history and tradition, the WordPress community (users and developers) have always been one of the most collaborative, helping with translations, developing extras (plugins) or designs (themes) and giving them away to others.
All of this (as if it was not enough already) is covered under the umbrella of open source. Every development using WordPress (plugins, themes, scripts …) is required to carry a GNU/GPL license, which makes the use and distribution of any derivative development very simple.
The WordPress Ecosystem: Themes and Plugins
As we have seen, WordPress has grown towards modularity. The availability of a simple, standard and retro-compatible basis means that any development can enjoy all the extras and latest additions of the development core. This point is very important because the problems of Prestashop and other platforms are well known or how heavy and complex Magento or Drupal can be.
That said, although WordPress base is not the CMS that brings more extras, as usual, it is still the most stable, lightweight and powerful thanks to this philosophy. In addition, as you need it, you can expand and complicate everything necessary based on plugins. You will have more than 50000 free plugins in the official repository, directly installable from the administration of your WordPress and ready to be added to your web project.
When we are talking about Themes, the visual part of WordPress, we will see that there is also a huge variety and quantity of them. Perhaps this is the most controversial and tricky point of this CMS due to ignorance or false promises, pages like ThemeForest have become very popular offering overloaded, problematic issues, with the development of dubious quality that causes big problems.
We recommend you to choose a simple, beautiful theme but do not add functionalities too early since these should be provided by the plugins afterwards. The possibilities and options do not end. You can also develop your own plugins and themes (as we do in tamarin) to add that personal touch.
What Is the Cost of WordPress?
WordPress itself, its ecosystem, the plugin repository and all the themes that are offered on its official website (and many others that you will find on other portals) are completely free and licensed open source.
Now, as you probably realize, there are many companies that have developed their business around this great software so you will ask yourself how they have managed to earn money? Well, there are many options:
The “premium” model: There are many plugins and themes that are not free. Some of them are extraordinarily known such as Bloom, Monarch, and Gravity Forms. They are not in the official WordPress repository but they are very famous because their companies have done an excellent job in selling them as independent software (for the payment of a license, a subscription or a single payment.)
The “freemium” model: Surely you know and you’ve met him more than once. Those plugins and themes that install and offer you the basic functions (which is in many cases more than enough.) But, if you want “a little more” you will have to pay a subscription. This is the model followed by WordFence, Ninja Forms, Duplicator, etc… In addition, logically, you will need a server and a domain to host your new creation, but these costs are common to any web development.