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One of things that you have sometimes pondered upon may be: Why should you consider using WordPress? Isn’t your old site good enough any more? Why do you need to switch to WordPress instead of continuing to use what ever you have been using. If you have have ever asked these questions, then we will try to answer some of your questions in this article. We will try to cover all the different types of websites that you can create with the help of WordPress and we will also be showcasing some of the popular sites that are running on WordPress.
One of the most common misconceptions about WordPress is that it is considered by a many as just a blogging platform. That is far from true. While WordPress did start as a tool for blogging, it is evolved over all these years to turn into a very powerful website builder and a very strong content management system (CMS). The best thing about WordPress is that it is easy to use and has enough flexibility to help you make different kinds of websites. That really is the main reason that has led to WordPress growing so much in popularity. A recent survey shows that WordPress id powering around 32.3% of all the websites on the internet. Just because WordPress has so many robust features, some of the top brands make use of WordPress to run their websites including Facebook, Time Magazine, Disney, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Target and many more.
Let us take a look at why you should be using WordPress to run your website.
WordPress is a completely free software
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 This means that you are free to download, install, use and modify it to suit your needs. You are free to use it to create any type of website. 
While the WordPress software is free, you will still need to get a domain name and web hosting space to install it.
A domain name is the address pertaining to your website on the internet. This is what the users type in the address bar of their browsers in order to get to your website. (for example: yahoo.com)
Web hosting is the place where all the files related to your website are stored.

Themes and Plugins make customizing WordPress Easy
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Most of the people who are using WordPress are neither programmers nor web designers. To tell the truth, most people start using WordPress with no prior knowledge of website design. WordPress is the ideal solution because thousands of free website templates (themes) are available for you to pick from. There is a perfect theme for WordPress to cater to just about any kind of website (whether it is a business site, a blog or an online store). WordPress themes are very easy to customize since a lot of them come with their own options panel that allows you to change colors, change the background, upload a log, create tempting sliders and really customize it to suit your needs and tastes without having to write any code at all.
You can also add custom functionality to the site with the use of plugins. WordPress plugins act like apps for your website that you can put to use to get advanced features like contact forms, analytics, membership area and a lot more. Just like themes, there are thousands of free and premium plugins available for you to pick from. Apart from adding extra functionality, some of the WordPress plugins can let you transform your website into a completely new platform. 

WordPress is SEO Friendly
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WordPress is written using standard compliance code of high-quality and produces semantic markup. In non-geek terms, this makes Google and other search engines fall in love with WordPress. This is the reason why WordPress sites typically rank higher than others in search engines. By very design, WordPress is very SEO friendly just out of the box. You can also make use of WordPress SEO plugins to further optimize your website. 

WordPress is Easy To Manage
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WordPress comes with an updates management system built in. This helps you in updating your plugins and themes from within the admin dashboard. You also get notified when there is a new version of WordPress available, so you can update your site by simple click of a button. You can easily use a WordPress backup plugin to automatically create backups and store them safely on a remote location in order to protect your data from hacking or any accident. You can also manage your website on the go by using WordPress mobile apps.

WordPress is Safe and Secure
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WordPress was developed with security in mind, and it is considered to be a very safe and secure platform for running website. However, just like the real world, the internet can be an uncertain place and bad things may happen.
There are a lot of intruders out there who want to get their hands on as many sites as they can. With WordPress, however you can secure the site by following some best practices as the WordPress code is already very secure.

WordPress Can Handle Different Media Types
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WordPress does not limit itself to just text. It comes with an already built in uploader that is capable of handling images, video and audio files. Website supports oEmbed enabled websites. This means that you are allowed to embed Instagram photos, YouTube videos, SoundCloud audio and Tweets by just pasting the URL in the post editor of WordPress.
Wordpress can be put to use in many different ways all the way from simple websites to eCommerce based marketplaces and anything in between. Some of the websites that you can make with WordPress are starting a blog, starting an online store, making a business website, selling online courses and building a membership website.
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