WordPress is built for bloggers and many people that are looking to build a website or author platform discount WordPress for this reason. In this post, I share 5 reasons you do want to use WordPress for a static website. I compare my experience with WordPress as well as GoDaddy because these are the two sites I am familiar with.
Built in SEO
The major WordPress templates, both free and paid, used to customize your site have better built in Search Engine Optomization than a standard GoDaddy website. Your site will optimize better from the beginning with greater search ability in google. In addition there are plugins that can boost your SEO at no cost to you. GoDaddy charges for this feature.
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Website Building Tools
WordPress Themes are by far easier to install, change, and manipulate in WordPress. You can switch from one theme to another without losing or having to copy and paste over your data. The theme is merely a customization built on top of WordPress so the main fields of your website i.e. Header, columns, widgets, and other customized text will stay the same.
I have found that widgets and plugins used with wordpress are extremely more helpful to a beginner/moderate do it yourself website design. Creating a sidebar with a contact form, your most active links, mailing list forms, and social media embeds is important and more difficult to manage on a Godaddy website.
While GoDaddy does have some pretty great themes and surely you will be able to find one that fits what you need, WordPress has twice as many because it is an open source program. You are able to get free and paid themes from multiple sources. Not all of these themes will not be made to the same standards but there is so much versatility that you will be able to find an excellent theme with great ratings that fits your business model the best.
The number one reason to go with WordPress is options. Depending on what your website is used for…as an author I use the blog feature with my WordPress site but if I didn’t I could and do create as many pages on my site as I like. If I decide to add a shopping cart to sell books myself there is a theme company that specializes in those types of themes. If I decide to not blog, I simply turn the feature off and re-organize my pages. And as I said before since themes are built on top of Wordpress, changing any of this is more streamlined and easier to do myself versus a GoDaddy site that would have to be re-built from scratch or turned over to a designer for changes I want to implement.
At first glance, it is cheaper to go with GoDaddy especially if you do not want to use hosting for WordPress. As a beginning author we need to keep costs down. But , from my experience I can say that the cost for wordpress hosting from Bluehost or HostGator in the beginning far out-weighs the time and effort you will go through to re-design your site in the future. Since GoDaddy sites are not transferable in the way that uploading a new theme is on WordPress you are always looking at a major overhaul of your site when making bigger changes.