What Websites Can WordPress Make?
Hobby or Lifestyle Blogs
Due to WordPress’s origin in the blog space, its features for this purpose are rich, including:
- The ability to differentiate between posts and pages
- A robust WYSIWYG editor for easy post creation
- Posts, tags, and categories for creating a rich content organization system
- Options for users to leave comments and you to easily moderate them
Once you have WordPress installed, the main thing you’ll want to do is choose a theme that appeals to you and what you want to accomplish with your blog. There are themes that accommodate news, magazine, and tiled layouts (and more).
Next, you’ll want to add plugins for any functionality you want that doesn’t come with the theme, such as social sharing buttons or click-to-tweet.
You can also find a variety of themes for professional portfolios, making WordPress a great choice for showcasing your personal brand. The “Pages” functionality can be used for your homepage, About page, contact page, etc. while the “Posts” functionality can be used for the specific pieces you want to highlight — whether they’re in image, text, audio, or video format.
You can choose a theme with a built-in gallery, or you can install plugins for portfolio carousels or sliders.
A business website needs to get even more mileage out of WordPress, in many cases having more pages and posts than the average personal blog or site and needing additional functionality. However, due to its powerful built-in CMS capabilities and the open-source community continuing to iterate solutions, WordPress is fantastic at meeting those needs.
You can choose a website theme that works best for what you’re looking to accomplish and then customize it according to your brand. Page builders such as Elementor and Divi make the layout process even easier.
WordPress is particularly good for creating online stores. With e-commerce plugins such as WooCommerce, you can manage products, payments, and shipping in the back end while your visitors have an enjoyable shopping experience on the front end.
It can be far more convenient for some users to access your site’s features through a mobile app rather than their device’s browser. App development can be costly, but WordPress plugins can turn your site into an app with no hassle.
If you’re looking to monetize your efforts by restricting premium content to members only, WordPress supports plugins to create membership sites. You’ll be able to manage payments, set up member levels, and monitor signups.
Why Use WordPress?
WordPress is the beloved platform for many bloggers and businesses. In fact, more than 40% of all websites online use WordPress. Here are a few reasons why WordPress is so popular:
1. WordPress is open-source.
WordPress is an open-source platform. This means anyone can modify the source code and redistribute the software. It’s designed for people to contribute their ideas to improve the platform. There’s an open-source community that helps make WordPress even better.
2. WordPress is easy to use for a beginner.
WordPress doesn’t require a computer engineering degree. It’s actually built for non-technical people. The user interface is intuitive and friendly.
To add a new design to your website, you can simply download a theme. If you need to add a new function, like a contact form, just install a plugin. Web development tasks that used to take hours to complete can be done in a matter of minutes.
Here’s a helpful video from WordPress that shows you how to install and use a theme.