I’ve written before about my love for WordPress, and this post is going to go into a little more detail about what exactly WordPress is.
WordPress is a blogging platform – also referred to as a CMS, which stands for Content Management System.
Now, WordPress is the be-all-and-end-all in CMS. There are a whole host of options out there when we start a blog or website. Blogger, Wix, SquareSpace, WordPress, Drupal – they seem endless.
I find WordPress’ ease-of-use, security and flexibility though, make it the best option as CMS for food blogs & websites.
What is a CMS?
CMS stands for Content Management System.
WPBeginner.com (a great resource for all things WordPress), defines a CMS as:
“a software that facilitates creating, editing, organizing, and publishing content “
Its the platform that you use to manage and publish your website.
You need to be able to work with your CMS, and adapt it to your needs as your blog or website grows. You also need to be able to trust that your CMS won’t suddenly go offline restrict your use or access or be easy to hack.
Which CMS is best for food sites?
As I mentioned earlier, I definitel think WordPress is the way to go when you’re setting up or refreshing a website for a restaurant, food business or blog.
You can read ten reasons to use WordPress.org here. It comes down to 3 key areas though:
Secure & scalable
WordPress is the most common CMS, with around 60% of the of the CMS market & literally 28% of “the entire internet” (including 14% of the world’s top 100 sites) being run on WordPress. That scale means that WordPress.org has to be secure & flexible enough for millions of professional sites.
Easy to use
At the same time, WordPress.org is easier than ever to use – you don’t have to touch a single line of code to get a beautiful, professional website. If something like SquareSpace or Wix sounds appealing for ease-of-use reasons, you can always use a drag-and-drop WordPress theme like (affiliate link) Divi, which will give you the same easy set-up.
Unlike most of the other CMS options for small businesses though, you own your installation of WordPress yourself. The software is open-source, which means that is is “developed as a public collaboration” and, more importantly, “made freely available“. Once you’ve downloaded it & installed it with your domain & hosting, you ‘own’ it. There are almost limitless combinations of themes, plugins and custom styling that let you make your WordPress site your own – and suit it down to your own needs. You can do almost anything with your WordPress site, and it can grow and evolve with you and your business.
A CMS or Content Management System is the backbone of your website. As the person building the site, and managing the content on the site, it is the platform you’ll be interacting with. WordPress gives small food businesses and bloggers a way to cheaply and easily set up and manage a beautiful, flexible website, that they have total control over.