Is WordPress worth learning?
Updated: Jan 17
I have been noticing a massive trend of almost every other website being built on WordPress since the last many years. I never gave a thought to developing a WordPress website because I thought I needed to be a core HTML ,CSS & JS developer to build a website and there is a huge possibility that I might as well have underestimated what WordPress could do. Since last year, the usage of WooCommerce and Elementor has increased substantially, and I wondered for a long time how that happened.
(FYI, WooCommerce and Elementor are WordPress plugins)
A few days ago, I received an email from WordPress stating that over 100 million websites have been created by WordPress. That’s a massive number of websites, right? It means almost 30-35% of the websites all over the internet are WordPress sites.
In this rapidly growing internet world, what every business needs is a platform to be able to put their promotions and products out there as soon as possible, with the least efforts possible. And this is where content management systems come into picture.
Core Web development skills are a must for anyone who considers themselves as web developers, but are WordPress skills worth the time and effort? The answer is “Yes”.
Now let's see how we answer the question “Why”.
Time Saving and Cost Effective Websites
A lot of times, while freelancing or while trying to build a website on short notice, you might not have the time to go through the entire process of designing, prototyping and developing. In such times, WordPress can come handy since it is a CMS. You just select your template, add content, integrate your additional plugins if you want and publish. Voila! It can get that fast.
Most Preferred CMS all over the world
It is a fact that WordPress is indeed one of the oldest, yet one of the most popular CMS available in the market now. In recent times, there have been a lot of competitors in the market, but the plugins and ease of access that WordPress has been offering has kept it at the top of their game. Also, since WordPress has been in the industry for quite some time now, most of the clients have their websites already existing in WordPress. In this case, if you want to build some additional pages or make some changes in the design, having this WordPress skill will always help.
Being a browser based application, you can build your WordPress website from any laptop / pc just by logging into your account. You don’t need code or a repository to start editing your website.
Responsiveness is taken care of
WordPress offers a wide variety of templates for each of your requirements. All these templates have their own predefined layouts which are responsive and completely customizable. So no matter what layout or design you choose, you will have a lot of options to edit your website the way you want, without worrying about its responsiveness.
Highly SEO friendly
WordPress is built using a very straight forward architecture and codebase, which makes it easy for search engines to read and index your site’s content. In addition, each page, post, and image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title, and be optimized for specific keywords, allowing for very precise search engine optimization. You can also use tags to further enhance your search engine optimization efforts.
Plugins for literally Everything
Plugins are one of the best things about WordPress. There are more than 50,000 plugins available on WordPress. These come handy in almost every aspect of adding features to your site. From customizing your theme using Elementor to Keeping a track of your inquiries using WPForms, there is a plugin for every facility you can have. Just choose the right ones, configure them and you are good to go.
Multiple options and Layouts to choose from
One of the biggest reasons why most startups and companies choose to use WordPress is because of the availability of a huge number of website designs to choose from. All the templates are customizable and have readymade blocks with appropriate content to be filled in. This makes it even easier for anyone to edit the website without hassle, even if they don’t particularly belong to a design background.
So looking at the list of the advantages above, we can conclude that WordPress is the platform which has been around for pretty long and has been doing great. But as a skill, it can help you increase your value in the market. Whether or not you want to design or develop websites from scratch, knowing WordPress will always be a good skill to have up your sleeve. And, if you’re a core web developer, templates always work as inspirations to upgrade your skills, right?