WordPress is our number one choice for the best CMS platform. It’s the world’s most popular CMS software, and it powers around 35% of all websites on the internet.

It’s important to not confuse WordPress.org with WordPress.com. WordPress.org is a free open source CMS originally designed for blogging, but now it’s used by all sorts of websites / online stores. WordPress.com is a blog hosting platform.

If you’re not sure about the difference between the two, check out our detailed comparison of WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

Note: When we talk about WordPress on WPBeginner, we normally mean WordPress.org. We specify WordPress.com where appropriate.

You need to host your WordPress site yourself, which means finding a suitable WordPress hosting provider.

Pros

  • WordPress offers you the flexibility and freedom to build any kind of website (online store, auction site, membership site, etc).
  • It does not require any technical skills or coding knowledge. The WordPress block editor makes it really easy to create great looking pages on your site.
  • You have complete freedom to make money online from your website in any way you want.
  • There are thousands of WordPress themes and plugins available, both paid and free. These let you add all sorts of useful extras to your site, like contact forms, photo galleries, and much more.
  • WordPress is really well designed for search engine optimization (SEO). It’s easy to create SEO-friendly URLs, categories, and tags for your posts. You can also choose from plenty of SEO plugins to help you do more.
  • There’s a huge and supportive community around WordPress, as it’s an open source CMS. You can join groups like the WPBeginner Engage Facebook group to get help with any problems you run into.
  • WordPress offers a lot of extensibility which is what makes it an ideal CMS platform for both beginners and developers alike.
  • WordPress lets you download all your content in XML format, making it easy to move to a different system in the future if you choose to do so.

Cons

  • You’ll need to set up your hosting and domain name, and you’ll be responsible for managing things like security and backups.
  • Because WordPress offers so many options and so much flexibility, it can sometimes feel a little daunting when you’re getting started. This is why many beginners use drag & drop page builder plugins for WordPress.

Pricing

WordPress itself doesn’t cost anything. However you’ll need a domain name (around $9 – $15 per year) and a hosting account with a web host that can run WordPress (normally from $7.99/month).