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Why is WordPress better than other website builders

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I’ve been a web developer and web designer for almost 20 years. I’ve used plenty of website builders, commercial and open source.

In this article I’ll explain several reasons why I believe WordPress is the best option for web design, web development, and websites in general.

Table of contents

  1. Open source
  2. No-code
  3. Versatility
  4. Transferability
  5. Community

Open source

Open source means that the software source code is available for anyone to change.

This allows the product to receive more updates and upgrades from the open source community.

Commercial software doesn’t share their source code, because it risks their profits.

No-code

During the last few years, no-code tools have been arising and becoming more popular among creators, to build software and websites without the need of typing code.

With visual tools, such as drag-and-drop features, the user can build amazing apps and websites.

Versatility

With WordPress you can create a simple website, or a complex web application. Is up to you.

There are 5 different levels of use I created to determine the level of expertise of users:

  1. Installation of WP, plugins and themes. Adding content, pages, posts, and media
  2. Customization of themes, plugins and content with CSS
  3. Creation of custom themes
  4. Customization of WordPress back-end functionality
  5. Creation of custom plugins and functionalities

Any user can start on Level 1 and make progress to Level 5. WordPress is for everyone.

Transferability

WordPress is an open-source software that can be installed in any compatible web hosting service. This allows you to choose between hundreds of web hosting providers and use the one you like more.

But, if you decide to move to a different web hosting, you can do it! To migrate a WordPress website is relatively easy. Of course there are some steps to follow but you won’t have to start from scratch, or manually move all the copy, photos, videos, and layouts.

If you have a Wix website, and decide to move to Squarespace, currently there’s no easy way to do it. You will have to re-create the website again, and copy and paste all the content. Depending on the size of your website, it could take you a while.

Community

WordPress is the most used web publishing tool in the world. Over 42% of the websites online are made with WordPress.

There are millions of designers, developers and users creating and collaborating to produce themes and plugins so anyone can use.

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