I was talking with another developer the other day and she asked, “Why do you work with WordPress?” It got me thinking that maybe my answer was worth a blog post.

I have and can work with many different Content Management Systems and code. There are so many platforms available such as Drupal, Joomla, Wix, Weebly, HTML, and PHP. They all have their pros and cons. I choose WordPress more often then not because of its ease of use for the client to maintain the site once it is complete. Yes, i have spoken with people that “hate” WordPress, but after a longer discussion I find it is usually because the site was built by a developer who built the site in such as way that all the great features of WordPress were almost unusable. WordPress websites when built properly are one of the easiest platforms to maintain.

On top of the ease of use, WordPress.org is capable of almost anything from shopping carts to membership sites. It is search engine friendly and well maintained by the developers. WordPress can look and function almost anyway you want. Some people hear the word “template” and think that their site will look like everyone else’s. Templates are only a starting point. You can begin with a basic developers template and customize it to look anyway you desire.

Do you know who also uses WordPress? 17 million different people/companies. Here are a few of the big ones:

  1. The Wall Street Journal
  2. The New York Times Company
  3. Reuters
  4. Forbes
  5. Fortune
  6. Time Magazine
  7. BBC America
  8. Variety
  9. Los Angeles Times
  10. People
  11. The New Yorker
  12. Jay Z
  13. Beyonce
  14. Kylie Minogue
  15. Katy Perry
  16. The Rolling Stones
  17. Tom Jones
  18. Mercedes Benz
  19. Samsung
  20. General Motors
  21. UPS
  22. NFL
  23. MTV
  24. Microsoft
  25. Facebook Blog
  26. Mozilla – They developed Firefox and Thunderbird

This is just a list of a few. So if all of those companies use WordPress, then it is definitely a good idea for your small business too.