WordPress is easily the most popular content management system (CMS) on the planet. It accounts for 60% of the websites that use a CMS on the internet. It powers 1 in 5 new websites online and helps a staggering 100,000 websites go live every single day.
So here are the top 10 reasons why we think you should be using WordPress for your new school website.
1. WordPress is open source
This means there are literally thousands upon thousands of developers working day and night to improve the system. And none of their hard work will cost you a penny. Regular, free security and feature updates? You bet. Can you say that about your school website provider? No matter how hard other school website providers try to convince you otherwise, they simply will NEVER have the resources open to them that an open source CMS provides. Flexibility is also key and WordPress can easily keep up with the ever-changing web landscape.The complicated coding of proprietary school website cms software often makes it difficult to adapt to changes in the school sector. Need an add-on for your school website? The WordPress plugin repository has literally thousands of ready to go add-ons, the majority of them free.
2. No vendor lock-in
Most school website companies use their own locked proprietary systems. They sell you on the CMS being made for schools and it’s ease of use. The truth is that these systems can never hope to compare to what WordPress can offer, and more often than not they are playing catch up and try to emulate what WordPress can do, just not as well! And once they have you in a contract, then you will find it incredibly hard to leave. The reason for this is that once you start using their systems, you are locked in for life. If you decide to leave, you basically lose your website and need to start again from scratch. With WordPress, you will never be tied to long contracts, and you can change suppliers with ease.
3. WordPress is easy to use
Time and time again, our school clients are astounded when we show them their new school website for the first time and walk them through how straightforward their new administration will be. They just can’t believe how easy it is to publish articles and change content. Because WordPress is so incredibly popular and easy to use, it becomes much simpler and faster to train new website editors when they join your school. Chances are your employees have worked with WordPress before so they will be able to use your site with no training whatsoever!
4. WordPress is tried and tested
WordPress is now over 10 years old. It isn’t buggy and won’t crash your school website. WordPress has been around for 10 years, and in that time it has been enhanced, tested and refined to within an inch of its life! In the process it has evolved into the world-class publishing system we use today.
5. Multiple user roles
WordPress supports multiple user roles out of the box for your school website: super admin, admin, editor, author and contributor already come built-in to this powerful platform!
6. Powerful tools for your school news
The foundations of WordPress are built on it being a solid blogging/news platform. It has built-in state of the art publishing tools such as preview, schedule a post, revisions and much more that will make the life of your school website team so much easier!
7. WordPress is secure
WordPress has a comprehensively peer-reviewed source code. The most security-conscious organisations such as Facebook and the Government use WordPress – running exactly the same version as we do!
8. WordPress is stable
WordPress has a solid code base, fantastic support and continuous development which make it one of the most stable and safe-to-use pieces of school website software out there.
9. WordPress is SEO friendly
WordPress provides you with the best start for your school website to score highly in search engines, in fact, WordPress is the CMS of choice for SEO professionals.
10. WordPress is flexible
Need to add a booking system to your school website? Easy. How about a forum? No problem at all! Because of the sheer amount of people working with the WordPress system, there will always be a solution on hand for anything you need to add to your school website.