Eduard Grigalashvili

Technical Writer

Ed is a technical content writer with more than seven years of experience. He loves crafting compelling content that explains complex technology in ways that make it easy to understand.

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5 Benefits of Using WordPress for Education Website Development

WordPress is the most widely used content management system. According to W3Techs, it powers 43% of all websites on the web, more than any other CMS. It’s only logical that the majority of educational institutions use WordPress as the backbone of their websites. Harvard Law School, Georgia State University, Bennett College, and numerous other online learning platforms, colleges, and universities prefer it over its many alternatives. Wondering why? Let this blog post satisfy your curiosity. In the following paragraphs, AnyforSoft reveals five benefits of using WordPress for education website development so that you can learn what makes this content management system so popular in the industry. Enjoy! How popular is WordPress in the education industry? Before we describe the benefits, we would like to share some insights into the WordPress market share of higher education sites in the US. A study by eQAfy that analyzed 3,359 university websites showed that WordPress powered 40.8% of them. However, to get a more complete picture, we should look at the CMS distribution by type of higher education institution. Here’s the WordPress market share across public, private for-profit, and private non-profit institutions: Public institutions: 27%. Private for-profit institutions: 55%. Private non-profit institutions: 48.1%. Interestingly, WordPress is preferred mostly by medium and small organizations. Extra large (20,000+ students) and large institutions (10,000 to 20,000 students) opt for Drupal, as per the mentioned study. As a company specializing in Drupal development, this statistic doesn’t surprise us. We perfectly understand why large universities prefer Drupal. Firstly, this system provides enterprise-grade security: it has advanced security features such as user access control, database encryption, and malicious data entry prevention. The CMS supports wide functionality out of the box and thus doesn’t rely heavily on third-party plugins, unlike WordPress. Secondly, Drupal can handle high traffic and swiftly process big amounts of data, which makes it a perfect solution for bigger educational websites. But don’t get us wrong—we are not trying to say that one CMS is better than the other. Both WordPress and Drupal are perfectly fine and can be used to build top-notch websites. The choice of the system is often dictated by personal preferences and the end result a customer wants to achieve. At AnyforSoft, we have expertise in developing both Drupal and WordPress solutions. Whether you need a small educational site to sell online courses or a huge platform for a higher education institution, you can count on us. Thanks to hands-on experience in the industry, we can turn any idea into a profitable product. For example, our company helped the German-language educational online portal projektmagazin achieve 31% website speed growth, get 10% more subscribers, and gain an 18% traffic increase.
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