By business.com editorial staff, business.com Writer | Updated Jan 16, 2019
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems, servicing thousands of users and websites because it offers flexibility of tools with an easy-to-use interface. While it lacks in basic web creation tools, it still has extremely useful native and third-party business add-ons to quickly create functional eCommerce sites.
Its content-approval tools, SSL compatibility and granular privileges secure your content by limiting access according to administrative levels you set. WordPress has email verification, automatic problem-notification features and captcha tools to keep the site secure on the user side as well.
WordPress has a fair amount of standard add-ons that should be included with any content management program, such as blogs, email help forms and site maps. It is also one of the few CMS programs we reviewed that has graph and chart generators. In addition, it offers thousands of native or third-party plugins and add-ons for small businesses, including shopping carts, inventory management, affiliate tracking and point-of-sale systems. Using the clearly labeled dashboard, you can customize any of these tools to fit your personal business needs. WordPress offers a sandbox to test content changes without having to publish it first.
It offers content, document and project management, file distribution and project tracking. However, it doesn't support database reports, and lacks search engines.
WordPress is simple to use. It offers drag-and-drop functions, a spellchecker and quick undo tools so you don't have to delete large sections of your work and start over. The interface is intuitive, but this CMS program lacks site and style wizards that provide step-by-step instruction for novice users.
Because WordPress is so popular, there is a large web presence of community users. It offers blogs, web pages and social media posts concerning common – and uncommon – problems using the CMS software. You can also find source codes for features you may need. WordPress itself has user guides and discussion forums on its website and offers email support.
WordPress is a powerful content management system with easy-to-use web-development tools for both standard web pages and interactive business sites. It lacks a couple of common CMS tools, but the app section is vast as is the community of users who are willing to share tips and code to help you make a powerful business website.