According to w3techs in 2014, “WordPress is used by 61.0% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 23.2% of all websites.” What is WordPress and why is it so popular?
What is WordPress?
In the old days you needed to program in HTML and CSS to update information on your website. Now that the internet is a part of every day culture, we have found better ways to help people manage their content online. WordPress has lots of great standard features that meet the needs of most folks who need a website. So now you can update your content without having to learn to program.
What makes WordPress so great?
WordPress is not the only content management system (CMS) out there, so why is it so popular? Aside from ease of use there are some important features WordPress that sets it apart:
- Easy – You can have a beautiful website without having to become an expert in websites. The interface looks a simplified Microsoft Word.
- Community – This means that if you’re looking to create a new feature or solve a problem, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Someone has probably got a great solution already out there, often quite a few different solutions.
- Plugins – WordPress has lots of free and premium plugins that can add incredible power to your site. Everything from integrating your contact form with Mailchimp or Constant Contact to backing up your data to creating a full blown internet forum.
- Secure – Out of date websites are open to being hacked. WordPress now supports automatic updating which means it’s no hassle at all to keep your website safe and secure at all times.
- Inexpensive – WordPress is open source, so using it costs nothing. Even with the addition of a hosting package and a premium theme, you’re still looking at very little money to get a quality WordPress site up and running. The fact that many great plugins are free helps too.
Why shouldn’t every site use WordPress?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the internet. Wordpress is great at getting your content out there but maybe you are looking to do something more complicated or at a larger scale. Here are some examples of sites I’ve recommended options other than WordPress:
- Vintage City Maps – The ecommerce gateway needed to work with Quickbooks inexpensively.
- Improv Assassins – The web application needs to understand a lot of logic to run a game.
- Needs Tracker – An internal site focused on sharing student data confidentially among staff.
- Texas Association of Schoolboards – An enterprise level site which serves tens of thousands of users and must integrate multiple databases and work with legacy code on the .NET framework.