10 Reasons Church Websites should use WordPress
When most folks start exploring a new website they often choose their developer based on how they’ll develop the front-end (how the site looks and feels) and little time discussing the back-end (the foundation). And while the front-end is important – the back-end will often determine ease of use, interoperability with other applications, future site portability, and ease of expansion. These all areas we’ll address when discussing the 10 Reasons Church Websites Should Use WordPress.
- Front-End Design. A site built on WordPress is not limited in any way by look or function. In fact, many of the most popular websites in the world are built on WordPress.
- Very Popular. WordPress is the single most popular website platform in the world. This means it has a huge pool of enthusiasts, developers, and other professionals experienced at using WordPress. This drives innovation, lowers costs, and improves support.
- Open Source. A lot of developers still build their websites on a proprietary platform and this means you’re completely dependent on your developer to maintain it. WordPress is open source, it’s supported and developed by thousands of active developers across the globe.
- Ease of Use. For WordPress users creating additional pages, posts, or adding media is just a single-click.
- Native Video/Audio Integration. These days WordPress allows you to copy & paste a YouTube link and WordPress will automatically embed. If your WordPress installation uses a good content distribution network (CDN) you can even host your own videos and audio, steaming directly from your site.
- 44,000+ Plugins. Remember what I mentioned about popularity – a gigantic pool of plugins is a testament to that popularity. Plugins expand functionality, for example, we utilize a plugin that automatically turns bible verses into mouse-over links. We use another plugin to organize sermons, improve site performance, plugins simply give us easy expandability.
- Use of Themes. The look and function of your WordPress-driven website is controlled by themes. This means your content is stored separately in a database and we can change the look of your website without losing any content.
- Security. Another benefit of so many WordPress users is that there is huge effort in identifying security holes and security patches.
- Very Portable. Most applicable third-party applications understand the importance of WordPress compatibility and between native support to plugin support we have a lot of options.
- Easy to Use. WordPress is intuitive. If you can use a popular word processing application using WordPress will seem very familiar. You can drag pictures onto the page, change font sizes, add color, and our platform is expands drag-and-drop functionality so you can do even more. WordPress just gets easier and easier to use.