WordPress is a powerful content management system with easy-to-use web-development tools for both standard web pages and interactive business sites. While there are a few tools lacking, including search engines and data reports, the online community has answers to work around these omissions and still produce a powerful online presence.
Security is important for ensuring your system and content are safe. WordPress has a strong security offering. Content-approval tools, SSL compatibility and granular privileges help ensure your content is secure by limiting access depending on the administrative settings you choose. An impressive sandbox is included so test content can be changed, previewed and assessed without having to publish it first. You can avoid losing valuable exposure and content already online while you are repairing the site.
There are security tools that you can include on your website, too, so that visitors can send information or conduct business without worrying about compromising their confidential information or identification. WordPress has email verification and automatic problem-notification features. It has captcha tools so you can determine whether the information being sent through your website is from a human or is machine generated.
WordPress has thousands of small business plugins and add-ons. With an impressive community of users, you can easily find any feature you want to include on your company website. Some of the best tools you can add are shopping carts, inventory management, affiliate tracking and point-of-sale systems. All of these together can make an impressive eCommerce site. Using the clearly labeled dashboard, you can customize any of these tools to fit your personal business needs. If you can't find what you are looking for on either the WordPress website or by searching its community, you can leave a message on one of its forums and expect a quick reply from fellow community members with a variety of suggestions. Additionally, because WordPress is so well known, there are dozens of personal websites and blogs with more add-ons than what is available through the community.
As far as business tools used by most medium-sized businesses, WordPress has most available. It offers content, document and project management. It can also help with file distribution and project tracking, too. However, it doesn't support database reports, although a quick message through the WordPress community may garner a few solutions to try.
WordPress has a fair amount of standard add-ons that should be included with any content management program. Some of these basic plug-ins available include blogs, email help forms and site maps. It is also one of the few CMS programs we reviewed that has graph and chart generators, which makes it easier to create from within the program rather than creating them from an outside program and importing as an image.
WordPress does lack a few tools though, such as search engines and photo galleries. These can be remedied with a good development team who understands how to rework the source code to include some of these missing features.
WordPress is simple to use. The interface is intuitive, which is a plus since this CMS program lacks site and style wizards that provide step-by-step instruction for novice users. Despite not having wizards, WordPress has other web-creation features that help you whip together a quick page while you develop a long-term website. These tools include 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.
Because WordPress is so popular, there is a large web presence of community users. It's easy to search the web and find blogs, web pages and social media posts about any problem you've encountered. It's also an effective way to find source codes for features you may not be familiar programing. WordPress itself has user guides and discussion forums on its website. It also offers email support.
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