WordPress began as simple blogging software and gained popularity for online journals and blogs. Many people, especially business owners didn’t take it seriously.
As WordPress grew, so did the features and content management system capabilities. Soon business owners began turning to WordPress as their first choice for software to power their websites.
WordPress now powers more than 60 million websites
WordPress is a content management system (CMS). A content management system is a software solution that supports creating, editing, organizing, and publishing content to the internet
A CMS allows everyday users to build, edit, and maintain their own websites.
WordPress has become the de facto standard for business websites, even those that don’t have a blog.
There are tens of thousands of themes created for businesses of all types, such as auto shops, house cleaners, lawyers and industrial businesses.
At a minimum, these businesses need a site with pages for each of their products or services, an “about” page with information about the company, and contact information. Sites that only display information are typically called brochure-ware sites. But you can do much more.
With WordPress plugins, businesses can:
- Accept online bookings
- Create a contact form
- Add real estate listings
- Accept payments for invoices
- Chat with customers live
- List available jobs and accept applications
- Create a work gallery
If you can imagine it, it can be done with WordPress.
Existing WordPress themes (templates) can be altered and changed in almost any way you want. WordPress doesn’t limit the possibilities of design and code.
With WordPress, businesses can:
- Update, edit, add, delete, and move content
- Add new photos, videos, and audio recordings, links
- Add new pages, and publish new blog posts
- Change their navigation menus
- Customize the look and feel of their site and change the graphics
- Add testimonials
- Easily optimize content, images, and links
- Sell products, programs, and services
- Create, edit, and add forms
You can create an online shop and use the site for something else.
On the other hand, WordPress lets you have an overall control over your site. Besides the fact that you can combine your online store with any other purpose, such as blogs, portfolios, corporate pages, etc., it provides lots of plugins, tools, themes, and integrations with plenty of modern online services. WordPress is compatible with almost anything on the web.
WordPress is really easy and friendly, so everyone can handle it pretty well.