What advantages does WordPress have over web-based website creators? Is it better than them or does it lack some features or conveniences afforded by the relatively new website-creating tools online?
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Some experts on website building recommend WordPress over quick website building tools like the ones offered by GoDaddy and Yahoo. The reason for this is that most of the “instant” sites created using the tools provided by the likes of GoDaddy tend to become outdated too soon. Also, the resulting websites when using these tools tend to lack proper design, functionality, and structure. If you are keen on search engine optimization, you will certainly prefer a website that is compatible with SEO guidelines.
If you are still in the process of deciding whether you should use WordPress or go for a website-building online tool, consider going over the discussions below.
1. WordPress is arguably more stable
WordPress is one of the first ever blogging or content platforms on the web. It has been around for a long time and has established a reputation for being one of the most trusted names when it comes to content publishing. Of course, it is not perfect but it certainly is nowhere near as unstable as some startup content publishing or website building tools and services online. However, this is not to say that website building tools cannot be relied upon. There are alternatives to WordPress that deliver. MarketingLand’s featured an article on the top 3 online website creators which offer great reliability and features that make them suitable for small business use.
For the most part, what experts advise against is the use of quick website creation tools or services that tend to result in ordinary-looking websites that lack any regard for search engine optimization. The technologies behind these site creators have already advanced and matured that they are no longer as crude and limited as before.
2. WordPress produces better looking websites
WordPress indeed can create great and professional looking websites or blogs. It has exciting templates that are even being ported to other platforms like Blogger because of their great looks. However, this does not mean that website creators are lagging behind WordPress. Free website builders like IM Creator, for instance, enables the creation of great looking sites with polished and artistic appearances. It provides various types of designs sorted in categories to suit different design needs including business, fashion and beauty, personal page, hotel, weddings, consultancy, and architecture.
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3. WordPress is more feature-rich
WordPress has gained a great deal of features over the years but this does not mean website-building tools or platforms online have not achieved the same. While WordPress continues improving, website creation tools have also advanced to offer more features. For example, Squarespace allows the creation of multiple versions of a site for optimum viewing experience regardless of the device use to view the site. It also integrates social media marketing or promotion functions and supports the importing of content from other content platforms like Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress.
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4. WordPress is more user-friendly.
But website creation tools have also become highly user-friendly over the years. User-friendliness or intuitiveness is no longer an issue as many of them even feature drag-and-drop interfaces that make it simpler to customize the appearance of a blog or website. Wix, for example, offers drag-and-drop tools to customize the appearance of the resulting site. It even sports the #Itsthateasy hashtag to emphasize how using it is not going to be as complicated as many newbies to website creation may fear.
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5. WordPress is SEO Friendly
That most website building tools are incapable of supporting the creation of SEO-friendly websites is no longer a reality nowadays. In fact, this hasn’t been the case for many years now as a number of web-based site creation tools have already included SEO features or have structured their resulting websites in ways that they don’t become a hindrance in SEO optimization. Often, instantly generated websites are coded haphazardly that their loading speeds gets affected and the arrangement of elements don’t become conductive to being easily crawled by the bots of search engines. In the case of a number of relatively popular site building tools now, SEO is already one of the main factors being considered.
WordPress, doubtlessly, is a great content creation and publishing platform. However, it does not have the monopoly of intuitiveness, being rich in features, and reliability. There are already many alternatives available. Be aware, though, that some of these alternatives are offered in “freemium” models, which means you may have to pay for a subscription to avail of more features or functions.