Since the start of the WordPress Wednesdays, I’ve spent a lot of time writing about various ways that we use WordPress to build websites at Stem Legal, but I’ve never really covered why it’s been our software of choice. I could spend weeks on why WP works so well for the work we do; rather than turn the Greenhouse into even more of a WP fan site than it already is, I managed to condense the top points down to a quick list instead.
Here are five of the most important reasons we use WordPress at Stem:
1. WordPress is free and open-source; it is constantly improving, being worked on by a large group of passionate developers. Even better, it doesn’t require our clients to make large financial commitments to one software, or to deal with ongoing fees from upgrades. With the large development community, there is also a huge number of free (amazing!) plugins that expand on WordPress’s features and offer very customized functionality. There are also a number of free themes for folks who do not know how to build custom WordPress themes, and a number of plugins and themes that can also be purchased.
2. WordPress is highly customizable. For Stem, this means we can concentrate on building a custom design for a client without worrying about whether it will work in WordPress, or having to worry about building a site around what WordPress allows, rather than what a client actually needs. I know that anything we dream up can be built as planned, and with WordPress’s online documentation and large community, anything we don’t already know how to do is just a Google search away.
3. WordPress is easy to use. Users who are familiar with using MS Word, or other word processing tools, recognize the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor features.
The interface is straightforward, and it’s possible to create different user types with access to specific features; this means that users who only need to write posts can have their accounts set to only show features related to writing and managing posts.
4. WordPress can be used as a blog platform, or a website content management system… or both. At Stem, we build both blogs and websites for law firms. When clients need both a blog and a website, it’s great that they will only have to learn one platform to manage both, rather than two different web applications.
5. WordPress is supported by most web hosts. If clients are hosting in house, this means that it’s very likely their server setup already meets the basic WordPress requirements.
Whether you’re a WordPress fan or a critic, I’d love to hear what you have to say about the software. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!