WordPress is by far the most popular website publishing system in the world. 35% of all websites in the world are made with WordPress. We also use the WordPress content management system in almost all of our projects.
But why WordPress?
Is WordPress as superior in all respects as could be deducted from its high market share? Not necessarily, but it undoubtedly has many strengths that, when used properly, make it a great content management system for most web services.
Community and transparency
WordPress is huge because it is huge. If 35% of all websites in the world are made with WordPress, it will attract even more users. It is well known and easy to find.
WordPress is based on open source and has been developed from the ground up by a huge number of professionals around the world, who continue to participate in the development even today.
WordPress is being developed better day by day with so many people that no pump running closed system could do in its wildest dreams. And this will benefit anyone who builds their web service on WordPress. Both the customer and us, the creator of the web service.
WordPress can be customised and expanded almost indefinitely. There are ready-made, actively developed add-ons for practically all possible needs. An experienced web service provider knows which of the myriad of add-ons are the most reliable, most functional, and how to take advantage of them.
Expandability means flexibility. We have not implemented two similar web services for our customers, although most are based on WordPress. Thanks to its customisability and add-ons, WordPress allows each network project and the individual needs of the customer to be taken into account.
Of the extensions, the WooCommerce e-commerce platform is a natural choice, especially for the serious merchant whose site is implemented with WordPress and who wants everything to work together smoothly.
Security and scalability
We occasionally run into doubts about the security of WordPress. However, its security is in principle no worse or better than other publishing systems.
The real reason for a WordPress site vulnerability is usually that it is not maintained professionally. The same is true for other open-source publishing systems. A WordPress site can be built with highly secure add-ons and proven security policies. Server selection also has a significant impact on security.
The functionality of a WordPress site is thus secured when it is truly continuously developed, maintained, and controlled by someone. WordPress should also run on a dedicated hosting service. With sensible technical solutions, it doesn’t matter if the page has 100, 100,000 or 1,000,000 visitors a day. If a WordPress page stumbles as traffic increases, the reason is probably due to poor optimisation or no optimisation at all.
For example, the teollisuusliitto.fi we have implemented, maintained, and developed is built on top of WordPress.
Ease and versatility of content management
In addition to all kinds of technical excellence, security, customisability, and search engine optimisation, it is important that updating the content on the website itself is comfortable and flexible. Or at least it does not require overwhelming mental and physical effort from a normal person who can write.
Again, WordPress serves its purpose well. Its interface is visually clear and the content producer stays well on top of what they are doing because the content is clearly managed in one place. WordPress is easy to learn to use. Basically anyone can learn to use WordPress smoothly and productively.
In WordPress, serving content administrators by enabling content types, page templates, and flexible content modules, for example, is clearly better than in Drupal. Even a good website will do nothing if the content is not in order, so we consider the flexibility of content management tools in website reform to be extremely important.
We recommend that you read our plan.fi customer story, which describes WordPress’s capabilities perfectly.
Into-Digital was founded in 2002, and for some reason we have come to recommend WordPress as the publishing system for a customer’s website almost without exception. We are not just a WordPress house, although it is very often selected for our proposal for the following reasons:
- In WordPress, design and implementation are almost completely unlimited. This means the best possible user experience for our customer, and especially for our customer’s users.
- WP development – that is, coding – is more flexible than its competitors’. This, of course, has a direct impact on project costs.
- Expanding the publishing system, both by customising and with add-ons – WordPress is suitable as a content management system for both small, and large and “heavy” web services. Drupal, on the other hand, only joins the competition with large services, and even with those, often falls short of the benefits of WordPress.
- The fact that WordPress is by far the most popular open source publishing system in the world is a statement for a reason. This also ensures that the customer finds WordPress help with countless development partner candidates all around.
WooCommerce is, as the name implies, an e-commerce solution. It is an extension of WordPress that allows you to implement customised online shopping for WordPress websites. In practice, WooCommerce’s ready-made tools and their customisability contain the same benefits as WordPress in general.
The opportunities offered by WooCommerce have evolved significantly over the years. It is gaining a growing position in the e-commerce systems market, which is typically dominated by closed source system solutions. Like Magento or Shopify.
The advantage of WooCommerce is its customisability, which is one of the reasons why we prefer to use this platform for e-commerce projects. Among other things, WooCommerce allows for a complete customisation of the look of the webstore (that is, everything that users see), as well as product filtering and customisation of functionalities such as delivery methods or wish lists. In addition, customized reporting, and order management tools are often needed. So WooCommerce provides great “background tools” for us and our customers to use.
WooCommerce is a great choice as an e-commerce platform when the project aims to meet the wishes of the customer and webstore users with the highest possible quality. WooCommerce adapts to the needs of the customer without the needs to bend to the capabilities of the platform. Therefore we approach our e-commerce projects almost without exception through service design and definition: first we find out what and why. Then how. WooCommerce is always a strong implementation method, thanks to its customisability.
The WooCommerce platform can, for example, be extensively integrated into a PIM or ERP system. Read more about integrations here.
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