The main difference between creating a web page with WordPress.org or with a website creator such as Weebly or Jimdo is the level of complexity. If you use a website creator, you will hardly have to deal with any technical aspect, but if you want to manage your site with WordPress.org, it is better that you learn something of its technical part.
A great advantage of WordPress is its capacity for expansion: once you have your website on the platform, you can expand it practically without limits. We show you here some real examples of situations in which it is a good idea to use WordPress:
- You have a real estate company and you want to offer your potential clients a database so they can search for real estate.
- You want to offer an area for members with the ability to make online payments.
- You want a website with a really impressive design, capable of supporting the most innovative applications without losing the flexibility to adjust the code.
- Your competitors are strong and you need specific SEO (search engine optimization) features.
- The flexibility and integration of the data are powerful arguments to at least consider WordPress.org.
Note: This article will speak only of the open source version, WordPress.org. We will not revise WordPress.com, which is easier to use, its features are more limited and is used almost exclusively for small blogs, while WordPress.org works for almost any type of website.
Advantages and disadvantages of WordPress (compared to the creators of websites)
Let’s now see how WordPress when compared to simpler website builders (like Weebly or Squarespace):
- Free: The software is completely free. However you have to pay for hosting and themes (templates) premium. Installation: Unless you have chosen a provider of those who offer the installation process “with a click”, the WordPress installation has a certain complexity, so that minimum technical knowledge is required (FTP, MySQL, etc.) .
- Great flexibility, proof of any future change: Unlike a website creator, you can change what you want in the code of your website. In addition WordPress is the largest content management system (CMS) in the world, so it does not seem that it will disappear overnight. Maintenance and security: One of the biggest weaknesses of WordPress is that its software has to be updated periodically, if you do not want your website to be compromised. The procedure itself is simple (one click), but individual plugins can cause problems that, in turn, in the worst case, could collapse the entire website. Such a problem could be difficult to solve if you do not have the necessary technical knowledge.
- You can choose your hosting provider: Your page created with WordPress can easily be taken from one provider to another. In addition many of the providers are already optimized for WordPress. Without direct technical support: While it is true that there are forums for help, we must not forget that the participants in these forums are volunteers, so you can not count on them always having an answer for you.
- Themes: You will hardly be able to find a collection of topics greater than that offered in WordPress. Sites like Themeforest and Templatemonster offer lots of ready-to-use templates. Does not offer WYSIWYG: When you enter the content you do not immediately see the result on the page, the content is added in an abstract interface. Website creators, on the other hand, can offer the WYSIWYG function (what you see is what you get).
- Plugins: There are plugins for any need you may have, from e-commerce to member pages, multilingual websites, reservation management systems, etc.
Community: Although it is true that with WordPress you will not find direct professional support like that of a website creator, it is no less true that there are thousands and thousands of programmers specialized in this content manager.
How is WordPress installed and where is a domain obtained?
Basically, you can install it in any hosting provider that offers PHP and MySQL language. It’s easier if your hosting (web space) is optimized for WordPress. The most economical plans usually cost around € 5 (US $ 6), which makes them as expensive as any standard web creation platform. Sometimes a domain name and e-mail addresses are also included.