The Benefits of Free Websites
With the increased number of free websites, many people ask the question as to whether they are good. The answer is that they are good, but just like the paid websites there are free websites that are better compared to others. The websites operate on a database with your website content displayed in site pages by use of templates that you select. They are referred as content management systems (CMS).
A study carried by W3Techs, showed that WordPress has gained a content management system market share of almost 54.8 percent. It is followed by Joomla with market share of 8.7 percent, Drupal, vBulletin, Blogger, Typo with 7.2 percent, 3.5 percent, 3.5 percent and 2.1 percent popularity respectively. Another forty seven have a popularity of 0.1 percent and 2 percent and a further seventy have less than 0.1 percent of the market. This shows that WordPress is the most popular content management system, with more than sixty million people who have chosen it.
WordPress has more options when it comes to templates or themes, with more than sixteen hundred themes on its site alone and other independent websites with their own themes. The other major benefit is the availability of several plugins that cover all requirements by a web master. This makes the website be able to play several functions. Some of the plugins available include galleries, SEO, forms, ecommerce, cache and other things you might not have thought about.
Does it suit businesses?
As a result of its many exceptional plugins, WordPress suits several types of businesses. However, if you have a business that sells million of products, you would need a customised website that has a custom designed eCommerce. Its templates and themes are highly customised, meaning that no two sites can have similar look even if they use a similar theme.
It is easy to install WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and many others with few simple clicks from the inside of the hosting control panel. Some systems that are not popular require to be downloaded from another website and uploaded to your website. Within a few minutes, you will have a default home page of your site. However, this is before you put your site content.
WordPress has also gained a lot of popularity because it is easy friendly. All you need to do is type or paste your content into the editing screen for every web page. It is easy to upload images from within the WordPress and sized in the right way. In case you get tired of a certain theme, you can change to another without losing any of your graphics or text.
It is also possible to install plugins from its dashboard, however if you want to change from one plugin to the other the product information must be exported first and imported to the new one.
It is good to note that all CMS sites are transferable from one host to another. However, you might not be able to get templates and content from websites such as MrSite, Weebly and others owning the templates.
Every modern site should have a CMS to allow the webmaster to update it easily. Regardless as to whether the CMS is paid or free you must have one.