WordPress has been around since 2003. Some think it is just for blogs. Over the last few years, WordPress has also become one of the top content management software (web design) systems. One out of four websites today is created using WordPress. Large and small companies and churches are using it to power their sites! Here are the top 6 reasons why WordPress is so popular and why you might want to consider switching to a WordPress platform for your church's website.
1. It Uses Free and Open Source Software
WordPress is a free and open source web design platform. This means that you don't have to buy expensive web design software. It also means that your site belongs to you. Since you aren't creating it on other people's proprietary system, you can make changes (complete makeover or minor changes) at any time and you don't have to start from scratch when you do.
2. Ease of Use
WordPress is very easy to use. If you can use a word processor or PowerPoint on a computer, you can probably create a WordPress site after learning the basics. After that, adding new pages, blog posts, images, etc. is a breeze and can be done quickly.
3. Low-Cost Professional Looking Site
Because you aren't paying for a proprietary system, WordPress is one of the most cost-effective ways to create a professional looking church website. Click here to learn what you need to do to create a new WordPress site.
4. Multiple People Can Manage Your Website from Any Computer
WordPress is browser-based. This means that you can login from any Internet-connected computer and make changes to your site. This means it is compatible with any computer (Mac, PC, Linux, Etc), tablet, phone, etc. You can also allow multiple users to modify this site. This means that you don't have to depend only on one volunteer to keep the site updated.
5. Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
Every church wants to be found in an online search! The code behind WordPress is very clean and simple, making it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. If you use post titles in your general setting, it makes it easy for search engines automatically know what content you want to highlight on each page.
6. You Have Control of Your Site and Can Keep It Up To Date
No more waiting for your web designer to make updates to your site. With WordPress, you have control of every aspect of your site and updates things yourself. This is critical because a good website is an up to date website!