There are numerous factors to consider when choosing the right system for creating your website. Some website building tools are geared toward flexibility and functionality while others are created to be more user-friendly.
Better user-friendliness usually means sacrificing your website’s flexibility and functionality. Under these circumstances you may feel forced to make a compromise between the two.
There doesn’t always have to be a compromise between user-friendliness and functionality.
Some methods of building a website strive to bridge the gap between these two extremes. One of these powerful and user-friendly website building tools is WordPress.
Originally created for blogging, WordPress has evolved into a full-blown website building and management system capable of many other applications besides blogging. WordPress is an excellent choice for E-commerce websites, personal blogs, online communities and many other types of websites.
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What makes WordPress such a good choice for building your website is that it’s easy to use and has wide selection of theme choices. WordPress is also highly customizable with a vast multitude of WordPress plug-ins constantly being updated and developed.
Easy to Use
WordPress’ administrative backend (aka the dashboard) couldn’t get any easier. Every element of your website’s content can be seen and accessed from the WordPress dashboard giving you total control of your WordPress website.
The WordPress dashboard is intuitive, the elements in the administrative panel are easy to identify, and the dashboard can be easily customized with dashboard widgets. Such a simple interface makes managing a WordPress website a complete no-brainer.
A World of Theme Choices
In a WordPress website, your overall layout and design are determined by your theme. WordPress themes come in many styles and designs. Some WordPress themes are free while others are offered at various prices.
WordPress themes range from simple layouts of mainly text to elaborate designs loaded with graphics.
There are hundreds of theme makers making thousands of themes for the WordPress Community and that number keeps on growing every day. Whatever you decide, you can rest assure there’s a WordPress theme out there to fit your needs.
Each WordPress theme has its own unique features enabling different degrees of functionality within your WordPress website’s layout. These features will vary based on which theme you have selected for your WordPress installation.
Unique features in WordPress themes aren’t the only WordPress features that aid in the customization of your WordPress website.
WordPress also has extra components called plug-ins which enable you to add just about every type of functionality imaginable. In addition to adding extra capabilities, WordPress plug-ins allow your WordPress website to integrate with a host of both online and offline tools and services.
Whether you’re looking to display a Google Map, integrate with Twitter or just improve your website’s performance, chances are you can find a WordPress plug-in to fit your WordPress website’s needs.
There are at least as many WordPress plug-in designers as there are theme designers. In fact, some of the designers who produce WordPress themes also produce WordPress plug-ins.
This seemingly inexhaustible supply of plug-ins gives you the power to turn your WordPress Installation into the website of your dreams.
With all of the things that are possible with WordPress, it’s easy to see why WordPress would make such a great choice for your website’s needs. Features such as its simple administrative interface in addition to the sheer volume of plug-ins and themes give WordPress an astronomical degree of flexibility without sacrificing user-friendliness.
Rather than simply compromising between functionality and user-friendliness, WordPress spans the entire spectrum to include as many elements of both as possible.
These are just a few of the things that make WordPress such a good choice for any website.
Michael W Gibson is a webmaster with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University – Kingsville and a Master of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University.