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WordPress is the tested, free software used by nearly a third of the web. It helps you prototype or build a web presence so quickly, that it's my go to tool at my main job, freelance, and business endeavors.
If you see a cost to use WordPress, you're most likely looking at WordPress.com. The .com flavor is still really good as it's more of a turnkey solution. After all, it's brought to you by the same company – Automattic. You can download the WordPress software for free at WordPress.org. I've covered the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org in the blog.
If you go the free version route, you don't even have to worry about downloading it anymore. Most web hosts these days include a 1-click installer.
WordPress Has Market Share For a Reason
Even if you don’t see it, there’s a reason why nearly a third of all websites are powered by the website builder WordPress.
Let’s make this even more relevant to you.
There’s a reason why most Shark Tank contestants, entrepreneurs, internet marketers, and the like favor WordPress.
There’s just something about the ease of use and extensibility of WordPress that is too attractive to pass up.
I’ve been using and testing WordPress for over a decade.
No matter how many CMSs I try, I keep coming back to WordPress. I’ve tried Get Simple, Drupal, Joomla, ModX, Concrete5, TextPattern, TinyCMS, Contao, CMS Made Simple, SilverStripe, Wolf CMS, and the Jaws Project.
These CMSs have great qualities to them. I enjoyed installing them and taking them out for a spin. But they didn’t quite have what I was looking for. I just kept comparing the features to the ease of use of WordPress.
In addition to testing self-hosted CMSs, I've also pitted WordPress against other top hosted website builders. See that 4,000+ word article by going to my roundup of the top 5 best website builders.
Website Builder Related Posts
The last 3 website builder related blog posts are below. To see the posts, head over to the blog page.
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