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WordPress is a content management system (CMS) used around the world to create and manage websites. It is free to use, however, users must pay for a hosting company. WordPress offers customizable themes and designs, giving users complete control over designing their website exactly the way they want. WordPress is not as beginner-friendly as other CMSs and some coding knowledge is required for more advanced customization. That said, WordPress is the most widely used platform for building websites and is on our list of the best content management software for 2022.

Advantages

One of the best attributes of WordPress is its ability to customize website design. WordPress gives users full access to its codes which means users can customize any pre-made theme or design to their liking. That, plus the availability of over 59,000 free WordPress plugins that add functionality and functionality to websites, means the options for building a website are virtually limitless.

The fact that WordPress is an open source platform is another great benefit for its users. WordPress was designed to be accessible to everyone. There is a wealth of information available online as well as a large community of developers and users who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with anyone who needs help.

The inconvenients

Users looking for a simple, out-of-the-box design setup should look elsewhere. All of the advanced customizations provided by WordPress come with a steep learning curve. While other CMS platforms come with simple drag and drop themes accessible to the most basic user, WordPress is more complicated. To customize the website design, users need to be familiar with the code. Even for the simplest changes to a template, users need to know how to use and modify HTML/CSS/PHP or hire a developer who does.

Because WordPress is an open source platform, no one person or company owns it. This means that when users have a question or need help, they cannot turn to customer service. Instead of personalized support, users are encouraged to browse community supported forums and the WordPress support database. While these resources provide a lot of useful information, they may not be helpful for all issues that arise.

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

It’s important to note that there are two flavors of WordPress: WordPress.org (which we’re focusing on for this review) and WordPress.com. WordPress.com is the fully hosted version with monthly fees similar to Wix or Weebly. WordPress.org is the self-hosted free and open source version. WordPress.org comes with a steeper learning curve but gives users ultimate control over their website while WordPress.com is more limited.

For more details, see our side-by-side comparison of WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

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