If you’re looking to develop a website for your business to ensure you have a presence online, you may be a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing which CMS is best for your website. Or perhaps you have an existing website that just isn’t working for you any longer and you’re looking to build a new one.

Either way, even if you are working with an agency to build it for you, you will likely be presented with a number of different options when it comes to the CMS that you use.

WordPress is used worldwide, and it is a very popular choice of CMS. We think it’s a good choice for any small business who wants something straightforward yet powerful, so let’s just run through a few reasons why you may want to consider it for your site.

It’s free

WordPress itself is completely free to use, which is pretty incredible once you become familiar with how much can be achieved. You can essentially build any type of website you like and it won’t cost you a penny.

Of course, unless you are a developer yourself, you will have to pay for somebody to build a bespoke site for you, but there are also plenty of free themes if you are just getting started and want to get something online quickly.

There is a large community online due to the sheer number of people who use WordPress, so that makes it nice and easy to find any support you may need.

It’s user-friendly

WordPress as a CMS is very easy to manage, even for a complete beginner. It’s a breeze to set up, manage, and keep updated even if you don’t have much technical expertise. There are plugins and themes that are straightforward to install and update, and most things just take a few clicks.

The dashboard is set out logically and is easy to understand, so you’ll have no issues adding pages and posts to your site, and you will be notified when there are updates to either WordPress itself or any of your installed plugins.

There are plenty of tutorials out there if you aren’t entirely sure of what you’re doing, such as this guide to setting up from Wpbeginner.

Plugins make anything possible

Plugins are fantastic for adding functionality to your site, and no matter what you want your site to be able to do, there is a very good chance that you will be able to easily find what you are looking for by searching the plugin database. Since WordPress is open source, anybody can create plugins and themes, so there are over 56,000 available at the time of writing.

Whether you want to set up an eCommerce store, add a picture gallery, forum or a map to your site, you’ll find the plugin you need.

Your site can grow as your business does

We spoke to Liquid Bubble who are a full-service web and print company, and they told us “one of our favourite things about WordPress is just how easy it is to make changes to the site and add functionality over time. As your business grows and your needs change, your site can grow with you. Whether you just want to refresh how it looks, or make it a more powerful tool for your business, all of that is easily achieved.”