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Ten Reasons to choose WordPress

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I cherish the ability to communicate and I try to praise and imitate those who have the ability to communicate ideas lucidly and with alacrity. With that intent in mind, here are the Ten Reasons to choose WordPress. Aimed at the non-technical, could-be blogger, I could not have created a more succinct and convincing list myself.

I first found WordPress back when b2 was still alive, and had the WordPress bug bite me the minute I downloaded the zip file. I have not looked back since. What are your reasons for using WordPress?

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  1. Andrew (2 comments.) says:

    I use WordPress for its simplicity of use. I have tried numerous others, and they just don’t seem to grip me like WP does. I’m always testing out a different one here and there, especially on a new domain, and I still cannot let WordPress go.

  2. Demi Fantasy (2 comments.) says:

    I was an “accidental WordPress User”, when I tried some new fantastico programs in my hosting add-ons services. I used Yahoo!360 as my blog at that time, and I had to copy-paste all my entries to WordPress (is there anyway to import entries from Yahoo!360 to WordPress?) and started to use WordPress from January this year.

    WordPress is great!

  3. Will Wilkins (2 comments.) says:

    The greats things about WordPress – the community of users behind it, the fantastic plugins and the great templating engine.

  4. ben (5 comments.) says:

    I got tired of Movable Type rebuilding all its pages every time I published an entry… and at the time I only had about 100 of them. My blog had been up for 8 months at that point… tried pMachine… then tried WordPress… never looked back after that. (This was before the licensing fiasco at 6Apart, by a couple of months)

  5. Jenny (28 comments.) says:

    I miss b2. xD

  6. Jeremy (2 comments.) says:

    My reason for using WordPress was that it pulls posts from the database separate from the theme — i.e., you when you request a blog post, WordPress will request the post from the DB, and combine it with the theme on-the-fly. I loved the fact that the backend, where the posts are written, was different from the frontend. That way, the blog posts were abstracted from the site’s design.

    Sounds silly, but that was my initial attraction. Of course, that was only the conversion. Other things, such as the great community, great plugins, etc., have been what made me stick with WordPress.

  7. Liquid Egg Product (2 comments.) says:

    Inertia/laziness. It serves my purposes sufficiently, so I don’t really have to look elsewhere.

  8. jayne d'Arcy (9 comments.) says:

    I love WP because I understand it. I like having such control over my site.

  9. Binh Nguyen (12 comments.) says:

    I’m glad I chose WordPress for my blog option. You can find out why I started blogging with WordPress on my website Binh dot Name.

  10. Chuck (2 comments.) says:

    I like because it easy to use. and an idiot can figure it out.

    and I’m about as idiot as they some so….

    :D

  11. Truden (23 comments.) says:

    Give me one reason not to choose it.

  12. Guillermo (1 comments.) says:

    I don’t remember why or when I started using WordPress but it’s great for running band sites and my music blog.
    I just convinced a friend to use it for his new Tshirt business (complete with shopping cart).

  13. BoltClock (24 comments.) says:

    I love WordPress because it’s free (beer/speech), cool, friendly, simple, flexible and just pure awesome. And they mean it when they say on the front page:

    More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

  14. vivek (3 comments.) says:

    It just works (TM)
    By default optimized for SEO / clean url
    Ease of use and customization
    Nice caching using WP-Cache
    Easy to hack
    Easy to write themes

  15. Douglas Anders (1 comments.) says:

    I used Textpattern for years; when I switched to WordPress I was amzaed — everything was easy. I spent less time fighting the software and struggling to learn its quirks, it just worked. Textpattern is a great piece of work, but WordPress is a far better choice for many, less technically inclined bloggers. I love it.

  16. coroijo (1 comments.) says:

    I’m a designer not a programmer, for years frustated with the programmers result not matching with the design layout. (mm matters for me)
    With wordpress I’m both now! no more hiring programmers for making any websites :)
    Thank u so much for WP Team! especially Matt! U rock man!

  17. john says:

    Despite all the flowery blogger love it gets, WordPress really isn’t all that great.

  18. Chuck (2 comments.) says:

    Despite all the flowery blogger love it gets, WordPress really isn’t all that great.

    Sounds like one of former Employees of Automatic, that Matt FIRED for making unauthorized changes to the source code. Crybabies.

  19. john says:

    Actually, I’m not. Take it easy, Chuck.

  20. Scott Frangos (2 comments.) says:

    Hi – Great post. I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of the leading CMS programs including Mambo/JOOMLA, PostNuke, e107, and of course WordPress. I would say, choose WordPress for elegant empowerment. I mean “elegant” in both the programming sense, and the visual (CSS styling) sense. What is interesting, is that there are lively discussions on the net regarding what constitutes elegant code, or elegant design. But, we know it when we see it. And I can tell you that after playing with a number of other ways to slice the CMS puzzle… WordPress is elegant.

    Yours –
    Scott

  21. badMike (6 comments.) says:

    Let’s say I came for the free one-click install from my hosting company and stayed because WordPress is just one awesome content management system that gets better with each upgrade. It’s easy to use and I can arrange my content in many, many different configurations, e.g. categories and tags, and I rarely have to worry about technical complications. Also, themes are easily customizable and I love all the plugins that are available.

  22. gnamusic (1 comments.) says:

    why i choose ? simple, powerfull, search engine friendly, easy to costumize, a lot peaple using this scripts, well… somemany words i can say…. i love wordpress !!!

  23. Cody (21 comments.) says:

    I started out on Xanga, but got sick of the ads. I had experimented with Blogger for a while, but I didn’t like the way it was set up, plus I wanted to be able to customize every little thing. I bought my own webhosting and WordPress just so happened to be in the Fantastico installer. To be fair, I tried the other blogging/CMS things there, but WordPress appealed to me the most. I’m not sure if it was the look, the huge amount of plugins and themes, or just because it was the easiest to use. Probably a combination of all of that. At any rate, I’ve never found a blogging platform I liked better than WP, and I’ve tried almost every one I could find.

  24. LB (1 comments.) says:

    WP just rocks!! Actually, because I like to tinker… & take control.

  25. Gatholoco (4 comments.) says:

    I don’t need any reason to choose WP. I’m just…loving it.

  26. Greg (1 comments.) says:

    I found wordpress back in the version 1.2 days and while i tried other platforms before settling on as the best, now it is the best and i would never want to change



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