Have you ever looked at a site and knew exactly what CMS powers it? You might see a distinctive design aesthetic that gives it away. Or maybe it’s something even less obvious and even harder to articulate, but you know it when you see it.
That seems true with just about any platform, especially those that rely on a set of templates. If you were to jump from one site ot another on the same platform, you can see the similarities, sort of like walking down the street of a neighborhood where all the homes are designed by the same architect.
It’s not a bad thing. But like homes, we tend to want websites with personality and that feel unique. That’s one of the things that makes WordPress.com a nice hosted platform option.
Yes, it has core themes, some of which are commonly used. What it also has is hundreds of others, including 110 themes that are free. The designs range from portfolio- and business-themed sites to ones themed around traditional blogs, weddings, travel, music, and food. There’s so many to choose from, and they’re introducing more every year. Take a look through some live sites using WordPress.com. The variety is awesome and showcases the many possibilities of WordPress as a content management system.
We’ve said it before: if you can build a site with WordPress.com, you should build a site on WordPress.com. We’re proud to have WordPress as a sponsor here at CSS-Tricks and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who needs a quick and easy way to spin up a site. Plus, with a free plan tier, it’s even easier to get started.