10 Tell-Tale Signs You Need to Switch Your Website to WordPress

WordPress is a revolutionary content management system. There is no doubt about that. WordPress has made it incredibly simple for everyone to build and manage a website without having any programming experience or web development skills. Back in the day, coding a website manually in HTML was a really painful task. All that changed when WordPress came into existence. If you are planning to start a website or planning to migrate your old obsolete website to a new system, then WordPress is what you need.

There are various advantages of using WordPress for your sites, and if you’re not using WordPress at the moment, there are 10 tell-tale signs that you need to switch to WordPress immediately.

1. Your Current Platform is Costing you Money

WordPress is free. Something that offers you plenty of features and flexibility and on top of that it is free? Yeah, it’s completely free and incredibly easy to use. You don’t have to spend a single penny to use the software. Of course, you need to have a host and a domain to set up a WordPress site, but you don’t need to pay for a license or anything for the use of WordPress. You might run into a few troubles when setting it up and using for the first time, but you will get familiar with the system pretty quickly.

2. You are Performing Manual Coding

If you are familiar with coding languages like HTML, PHP, CSS, etc. then you know how much time it takes to code and deploy a website manually. If you hate to waste all that time for manual coding, then it is a right decision to move to WordPress. Install WordPress, configure it, set up your desired theme and you are ready to go. All these tasks will take only a couple of hours at the most.

3. Few Plugins and Themes are Available for your Platform

 

The support for WordPress on the internet it huge. There are literally hundreds of thousands of WordPress plugins and themes available at your service. Some of them are free, some are paid. But if you are planning to set up a basic site with minimalistic look and features, you can accomplish that without spending a huge amount of money.

4. You’ve Lost Control of your Website

When you hire people to build and manage a website for you, the site will technically be under their control. You have to go through them to make small adjustments or to add more content to your site. This hassle goes away when you migrate your site to WordPress. If you are fed up with contacting your webmaster for every change in your site, then it’s a pretty good sign that it is time for you to migrate to WordPress. When using WordPress, all you have to do is log into your admin panel and make the changes yourself. Since WordPress was introduced as a blogging platform in the beginning, it is extremely easy to publish new content, literally with the click of a button.

5. Your Website Looks Generic

Just because you are using a CMS for your site doesn’t mean you cannot customize it. WordPress is actually highly customizable. All minor changes, like adding and removing sidebar widgets, changing font colors, sizes, etc. are easy to do. Some paid WordPress themes offer you more flexibility by providing an advanced control panel exclusively for the theme, which you can use to make changes in your site’s design without editing much of code.

6. Your Website Doesn’t Work on Mobile Devices

Mobile friendliness is a huge advantage these days. Google considers it as one of the main ranking factors. If your site is not loading well on mobile phones, it will not do well in search engine rankings, not to mention the bad user experience it gives to visitors. The good thing here is that you don’t have to do anything manually to make your WordPress site responsive. Most WordPress themes are responsive by default. This means that the site will load appropriately, depending on the device from which the site is being opened. This is one of the great features to love about WordPress.

7. Your Website Ranks Poorly on Search Engines

The competition in search engine optimization (SEO) is getting heated up day by day. If your site is not search engine optimized, then you don’t stand a chance to rank for your desired keywords. WordPress is neatly coded and fast loading, which most search engines like. We have already mentioned the great plugin support WordPress has. Some of these plugins help you to make your site SEO friendly. You can do a lot of stuff with these plugins, like creating a sitemap for your site, entering metadata for posts and pages, etc. SEO optimizations become easier once you install a few plugins.

8. You’re Not a Programmer

Unlike learning a programming language or web designing, WordPress has a fast learning curve. The reason is that not much coding is required to set up a site in WordPress. Even for installing WordPress on your host, one click solutions are available these days. Once you’ve installed WordPress, then it’s all click and drag operations. The features, settings, etc. can be learned pretty quickly.

9. Your Ongoing Costs are High

We have already established the fact that WordPress is free. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to spend any money on it. The software is free of course. But you need servers, domains, etc. for which you need to pay money. Then there are premium plugins, tools, and themes for which you have to pay if you wish to add them to your site. Even so, it is cheap to set up and manage a WordPress site, especially when you compare it to the cost of manually built custom websites. Premium themes and plugins are worth the money. They give you great flexibility and additional features to your site, which can help you to grow your business and website.

10. You’ve had a Security Breach or Scare

WordPress takes care of its system by releasing regular updates. The great thing about these updates is that they can be done with a click of a button. Whatever complex idea you had in mind when you heard about updating your content management system doesn’t really apply here. When WordPress updates are available, you will get a notification, you click on the ‘Update’ button, and voila, your site is upgraded!

Gentle reminder: It is a good practice to take a backup of your site before updating.

Conclusion

Due to its incredible flexibility and ease of use WordPress is the primary choice of webmasters these days for creating a site. It may be time for you too to migrate your site to this excellent system.

Web developer Richard Sutherland has been working with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and other content management systems for over a decade. Graduating from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Richard has held a number of prominent website development roles at major companies such as Samsung, ASDA and Prudential.

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