Phyllis Garland Web Design Services - My infatuation with WordPressI have to confess—I’m in love. It’s a mad-crazy kind of love. No, I’m not shouting it from the rooftops or jumping over couches, but I’m not ashamed to say it. I’m in love, and the object of my affections is WordPress. As a web designer, I can’t say enough about how great WordPress is and the remarkable transformation it has had on web development.

I was introduced to WordPress three years ago. A non-techy friend recommended this extraordinary Content Management System (CMS) after developing her own website. While I was a little skeptical, I decided to learn more. With the help of WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin and other online resources, I developed/migrated my own website using WordPress. I liked what I saw, but when I dug deeper and got to know everything about WordPress, would I still be so impressed? Let me tell you—I was.

Upon discovering how easy it to use and cost efficient it is, I have converted 99% of my clients to WordPress. Long gone are the days spent developing, coding, or editing pages by hand or in Dreamweaver, FTP’ing them up to the server, and then holding my breath, hoping and praying that the pages will render the way they were intended. Hallelujah! Be still my heart!

There is a misconception that WordPress is only for bloggers. I want to clear that up once and for all. WordPress powers over 16.7% of the Web. It’s used on over 54 million sites and is the most popular CMS with a 54.4 % market share. It creates truly professional websites that are developer and user-friendly. And it’s not just for do-it-yourselfers—WordPress is used by many major corporations for their websites, including General Motors, EBay, Sony, New York Times, Mashable, CNN, Forbes, Reuters, Jay-z, Katy Perry and many others.

There are so many things to love about WordPress, and I’ve only touched on a few. It only gets better:

  • WordPress is Open Source, which means it is FREE! There is no cost to use WordPress … that’s almost too good to be true!
  •  Instead of contracting six developers to support your website, WordPress has more than 10,000 developers who are working to constantly improve their product. You are not going to be stuck with a CMS that only one company can use.
  • WordPress has so much flexibility that I can build websites faster. As a result, I can focus my time on design and user experience, rather than programming and debugging.
  • With WordPress, the sky is the limit. There’s really nothing you can’t do. The community has made it expandable, meaning that everything you can think of has already been built, which speeds up development.
  • Let’s not forget that WordPress is easy to use … without producing amateurish results. As a CMS, WordPress is super-simple, intuitive, and elegant, but it’s is also robust, powerful, and impressive.

WordPress is so easy to use that I teach my clients how to use it. As part of my services, I provide professional video tutorials. In just a few hours, you’ll learn how to update your own website or blog, which will save you even more time and money. Like me, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is to upload fresh content that looks truly professional.

Last, but definitely not least, WordPress isn’t a passing infatuation. It is here to stay! In fact, it’s won the approval of Microsoft, which recently discontinued development of its own blogging platform and moved its 30 million users over to WordPress. It sounds like I’m not the only one who loves WordPress. What’s not to love?

But just don’t take my word for it. Check out what Matt Cutts from Google has to say about WordPress.

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