If you’re looking into creating your own website for the first time, chances are you’ve heard of WordPress. And, like so many other budding website developers, you’re considering the best CMS for your requirements as well as your skill level. WordPress is the best, hands down. Most often, it is the most obvious choice for many people, and for good reason!
Join me as I walk you through the key aspects that make WordPress the best CMS for beginners (and beyond!)
#1 – Simplicity
When you use WP, it’s not just the website-building that focuses on simplicity. The admin panel is very straightforward too. For example, to add a page, you simply select “add new” under the “pages” tab. Pretty self-explanatory, right?
Additionally, WP enables users to go from no website at all to launching a fully working website in next to no time. WP boasts that users can “Build a site in minutes”!
Most hosting providers offer WordPress hosting and allow users to access and customize their WordPress website through their accounts. This enables quick and easy website management.
#2 – Huge Selection Of Plugins
WordPress boasts tens of thousands of plugins, many of which are free. A plugin is like an extension that adds functionality, security, speed, and design aspects to a website. You can also install plugins to help optimize your site for search engines, such as Yoast.
Here are a few popular free plugins that will prove useful for website-building:
Most websites will require a form or two for prospective customers to get in touch with you. Ninja Forms is a much-loved form builder within the WordPress community. It’s beginner-friendly and simple to utilize.
If you’re going for an eCommerce website, the WooCommerce plugin may well be the one for you. Being harnessed by over 42% of eCommerce store owners, WooCommerce is hugely popular thanks to its ease and flexibility. And, of course, its low, low price of FREE!
I mentioned Yoast briefly earlier but I feel it deserves some more dedicated time. Yoast is a fantastic plugin that can help massively with your on-page SEO efforts. Even if you only install the free version, it’s well worth doing. It provides some valuable information and insights about your webpage content such as:
- Keyword density
- Passive voice
- Transition words
The plugin cleverly advises on the quality of your written content as well as how well it is optimized for search engines.
#3 – Themes
Your theme is not just about how your website looks. It’s also about its navigation and functionality. Your theme will play a huge part in audience and customer retention, so it’s important to select one carefully to meet your specific needs.
Themeforest has as many as 11,000 themes to choose from, many of which are free to use. Some themes are easier for beginners than others with drag-and-drop site-building styles and a wide range of colors, fonts, and customizable options. Additionally, many themes feature easy-to-follow tutorials making them perfect for newbies.
#4 – Security
Although WordPress websites are often the target of website attacks, WordPress is generally very secure. It has a big team working behind the scenes to ensure everything is safe and well-protected. And, in typical WP fashion, there is a multitude of plugins available to make your site extra safe for you and your visitors. For ultimate site security, ensure you:
- Install a reputable security plugin such as Wordfence or SecuPress
- Keep your website and plugins up-to-date
- Regularly scan your site for security breaches
- Go for VPS hosting or dedicated hosting as opposed to shared
- Choose a strong password
- Change your username from its “admin” default
Launch Your Site The Simple Way
WordPress is the best. It is a scalable, comprehensive and (dare I say it again?) easy CMS to use. Fast, secure and incredibly diverse, WP is the perfect choice for beginners wanting a professional and functional website without having to learn code themselves.