We love WordPress here at Yoast. It’s not just because we make plugins for WordPress websites, but because of all the benefits and features that the platform offers. And did you know that WordPress is the most popular website platform in the world? If you’re looking to build a website, why not consider building it on WordPress? We’ll tell you our top 10 reasons why you should use WordPress in this article. Read along!
1. It is open-source (and free)
WordPress is an open-source project that’s been around since 2003. Nearly 20 years later, the project is still going strong. Being open-source means you’re free to download, use and modify it to match your needs. And this is one of the most attractive points for using WordPress: it’s completely free to get started.
Anyone can download, install WordPress and build a website according to their vision. This is especially crucial for small business owners, bloggers, or just about anyone who’s looking to create their own space online. Of course, you would need to pay for a domain and get a hosting provider if you want to take your website online. But you can think of building a website as building a house. Your hosting provider provides you with a piece of land, your domain is your house address. And WordPress gives you the resources needed to actually build that house.
2. It is hugely popular and scalable
We mentioned that WordPress is the world’s most popular website platform and that’s true. In fact, it is the driving engine of 43% of all websites in the world currently. That’s a lot of websites!
Any kind of website can be powered by WordPress, from individual blogs to huge corporate sites. Sites such as Sony Music, The Next Web, Time Magazine, Microsoft News all run on WordPress, and the list goes on and on. Of course, our Yoast website also runs on WordPress! We’ve been on WordPress since the start. Even though our website has grown a lot since then, we’re still using this platform. What’s more, thanks to our popular plugins, we’ve built an entire business on top of WordPress. This is thanks to the fact that WordPress is extremely scalable. With the right infrastructure and resources in place, your website can serve thousands of logged-in users and sustain millions of monthly page views.
3. There’s a huge community of users and developers
WordPress wouldn’t be the platform we know today without its massive, amazing and friendly community of developers and users. They come from all over the world and work together to ensure WordPress is accessible for everyone. And anyone can become a contributor to the project. The best part is, you don’t necessarily have to be a developer to join the cause, there are plenty of other ways to contribute!
Collaboration and community activities don’t just take place online, there are a lot of offline events as well.
This article was written by Edwin Toonen and originally published on SEO blog • Yoast.