WordPress websites are everywhere – the latest W3Techs statistics show the content management system (CMS) currently powers over a quarter (28.4%) of all websites and has a market share of 59.2%, putting it miles ahead of its nearest rival, Joomla, which has a 6.9% market share.
So what is it that makes the WordPress content management system so popular that it has complete dominance over its rivals?
WHY IS WORDPRESS SO POPULAR?
You can set up a WordPress website, with some great looking themes, absolutely free of charge
IT HAS ITS OWN HOSTING SERVICE
WordPress.com is a hosted WordPress platform that provides an easy way for non-developers to develop a blog or website presence and familiarise themselves with the WordPress environment. This creates demands and familiarity around the full WordPress.org website solution. Simplepage also has it’s own WordPress Hosting platform that you maybe interested in
IT’S EASY TO INSTALL
A basic, fully-functioning and reasonably looking WordPress website can be set up in as little as 10 minutes.
IT’S EASY TO UPGRADE
WordPress runs frequent upgrades to patch up bugs and security issues across its entire CMS and all associated plugins (of which there are over 51,000), and they can all be carried out with just the click of a button on the dashboard.
Not a lot about WordPress has actually changed since it was launched on May 27, 2003. While many other CMSs have opted for overhauls and redesigns that all but changed them beyond recognition, WordPress stands out as it opts for incremental enhancements instead.
The WordPress codebase hasn’t changed radically either, meaning developer skillsets don’t really need to evolve much, and the three directories that make up a WordPress install are the same as they’ve always been:
In contrast, other platforms have rewritten the entire code base and user interface, meaning developers have had to re-tool – a knock-on effect of this is that sites can’t be upgraded, and the user experience changes dramatically – Umbraco sites are very guilty of this.
This, in turn, creates barriers and encourages people to look at other solutions, especially when upgrading becomes a problem.
IT’S STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR DEVELOPERS
WordPress has successfully evolved from blogging platform to feature-rich, highly effective CMS, but just like any development platform, it can be badly implemented or well implemented.
That said, WordPress is relatively simple to install and develop with, and as a result, a huge developer community has grown to create countless plugins and widgets that make the platform a highly cost effective for small businesses and individuals.
SHOULD YOUR WEBSITE BE ON WORDPRESS?
WordPress has done an exceptional job of minimising the barriers that could make life difficult for new users, and it holds to these users by making sure the dashboard and any upgrades are as user-friendly as possible, and the incremental improvements are enough to make sure its functionality remains on a par with any competitors.
Does this mean you should always WordPress? Not at all. Just because it’s the most popular CMS out there, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best solution for you.
WordPress does a lot of things really well but not everything well. We love it, and here at Simplepage.com we use the right CMS for the requirements of the job in hand, especially if a more suitable solution is available.