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I was recently shopping for hard drives, to store some my large media files. I found a couple different storage sizes for (obviously) different prices. I could have gotten a 2TB, 3TB, or even 4TB drive; but I ended up picking a 5TB drive. I knew that I would soon be working with 4K video editing, and since that needs a lot of space I went for the bigger drive. I was planning for the future.

The same logic can be used when deciding what software you want to run your website. Sure, you could have someone build the site with only HTML and CSS, but what happens when you want to change some of the site text later? You’ll have to either buckle down and learn code, or you’ll have to hire the developer to change the site text for you. Neither choice is very attractive.

What if you want to take your site to the next level, beyond a simple text update? If you need to convert your website to a CMS (content management system) later on, you’ll have to have someone rebuild what you’ve already built once. The more pages involved, the higher the cost will be for that rebuild.

But then there’s WordPress

WordPress powers almost a quarter of the web today. Although that can be a bad thing when it comes to hackers with malicious intent (just like how there is way more malicious code for Windows computers than there is for Macs), it’s not all bad. It also means that there are more developers building great plugins for WordPress than any other content management system.

If you build your website with WordPress right off the bat, you’ll be more ready to upgrade in the future. It can be as simple as you purchasing a template from Elegant Themes or Themeforest; or it can be as complex as hiring a designer to build a custom look from scratch.

When you start off with WordPress, your website is easier for you to manage, and it’s easier to upgrade to something even more special when you’re ready to. WordPress is incredibly extensible, with the large library of plugins and themes available for it.

The other factor to consider is that WordPress gives you an easily navigable admin area, making it easy to add new content, change existing content, or add new functionality to your site, without needing to know how to code (for the most part). There might be some circumstances in which you need to hire a WordPress developer to install new functionality for your site, but with a bit of effort, most of it can be done yourself.

WordPress is by no means the only choice for running a website, but it’s easily the best one. If you purchase hosting for your WordPress site, you can move it anywhere you want with minimal effort; whereas with others like Wix and Squarespace, once you set up, you’re stuck with them. If you want to be ready for the future, choose WordPress for your website.

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