Originally launched in 2003, since then WordPress has become the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. Today WordPress powers more than 74 million websites and helps thousands of websites to come online every day. So what made WordPress so Popular as CMS? Why You Should Use WordPress? Read this article to get answers to these questions.
WordPress is Open Source:
WordPress is open source and it means that is free from any commercial restrictions and limitations. It also means that there are thousands of developers around the world working 24/7 to improve this platform. And none of what they do cost you even a single penny.
What was once considered to be WordPress’s biggest disadvantage – its open-source nature, has actually turned out to be it biggest strength.
WordPress is Safe and Secure:
It should not be surprising that WordPress being such a popular CMS, hackers lurking on the Internet will try targeting WordPress sites. However, WordPress takes the security very seriously, WordPress regularly provides software updates to avert such attacks. WordPress comes with an automatic update feature since the release of its version 3.7.
WordPress is Highly Customizable:
WordPress has thousands of themes and plugins, which makes it highly customizable. With just a click of a button a you can customize your site to appear and function as per your liking. Because of the seemingly endless number of features, you can customize your WordPress site can be to function as a blog, forum, e-Commerce Shop, Membership Site and what not.
WordPress is Search Engine Friendly:
The most popular search engine Google give preference to WordPress Powered sites, as its framework is easy to crawl. In fact, a Google Engineer Matt Cutt had said, “WordPress automatically solves a ton of SEO issues.” during WordCamp San Francisco 2009. He even uses WordPress for his personal blog.
WordPress has Multi-user Capability:
There are certain applications in which you might have to rely on multiple people (users) to keep your website up and running. This scenario in handled very nicely in WordPress. In WordPress, you can easily assign different roles to different Individuals (users). Here’s a summary of these roles from the WordPress Codex:
- Super Admin – somebody with access to the site network administration features and all other features. See the Create a Network article.
- Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
- Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
- Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
- Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
- Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.
With such large user base, it’s only natural that a huge, active, and generous community has sprung up to provide support, exchange ideas, and make WordPress better for everyone. You can connect with the community on the official WordPress forum or in person at WordCamp events around the world.
WordPress is Flexible:
As a platform, WordPress is extremely flexible and versatile. Hence, it can be used for a variety of purposes – right from running a high traffic e-commerce portal to a personal blog.
Big Brands Use WordPress:
One of the common misconceptions about WordPress is that since it is open source it may not be good enough to power large websites. In fact, WordPress power more than 50% of all sites that use CMS, in the top million sites by traffic. Here are the few biggies: TechCrunch, The New Yorker, The Official Star Wars Blog, Sony Music, Mashable and many more
WordPress is a Universal Platform:
WordPress features a universal dashboard. The WordPress dashboard always looks the same – no matter what you are using WordPress for. You do not need to learn ten different things to manage different sections of sites like shop, forums, blog, etc. In fact, you can integrate all these capabilities (Membership, Shop, forum, Blog, etc.) in a single site and manage everything from one single dashboard.