WordPress has a massive community, that comes together and creates an awesome synergy! As of, February 7 2014, WordPress has approximately, more than 74 million users across the globe. That is huge! It kicked off as a system for personal publishing in 2001 and evolved into a content management system by 2008. According to statistics on W3Techs as per 2015, WordPress was used by more than a 23.33% of the top ten million websites. WordPress has been around along time! What does this mean for us? Lots of resources! There are millions of tutorials and support forums. If you face an issue, chances are someone might have already solved it. This has great advantages for our customers, and for our company.
WordPress is built using completely tested programming languages, including PHP and SQL. You can install it’s open source software on your own server, meaning you own everything that is created on that server! WordPress is less complex to use than other content managing systems such as Joomla and Drupal. It provides limitless plugins, themes and a great degree of customization! All of the content adding and editing is done from a user friendly dashboard. No programming knowledge needed! There is really, no limits, when it comes to what you can accomplish!
There are millions of people using WordPress every day! New people are joining the network and it has been growing immensely on a daily basis. One reason for this is that it is extremely easy to use and to adapt. WordPress offers an instruction guide which has detailed instruction, illustrating its users how to install the software, and much more. It offers many tutorials on how the platform can be used to enhance the website in a very easy way. There is also an abundance of resources online from millions of people.
While there are a lot of (do-it-yourself) websites such as Weebly / Wix, even WordPress has a .com version which is a very easy (do-it-yourself) tool. These are good tools to have basic, generic looking websites with limited customization and little SEO abilities. With that being said, there is a fine-line between these (do-it-yourself) websites and WordPress.org. There are many reasons behind this. One reason being (do-it-yourself) website builders provide tools for the development to use on a website, but you are limited on the tools you have. Another important point is, when working with these (do-it-yourself) website, there are limits on what can be accomplished as far as design and functionality. WordPress can easily handle any customization changes as long as the developer is knowledgeable. This leaves you with a web design, you are sure to love! As well as functions that are not otherwise possible with (do-it-yourself) sites.
WordPress is exceedingly extensible with a vast and growing library of plugins. There are around 40,000 plugins that are available – many of which are free, this helps the users to develop cheaper websites in much less time than than those which are hand-coded from scratch. You are not limited to using them “as-it-is” but you can make alteration according to your wish!
WordPress core is strong in terms of security. Unfortunately, there are a few incidents of vulnerable in the past, besides that is important to mention that such compromises occur only due to poorly written code that has been installed into WordPress by owner or the creator of a website in the form of a theme or plugin. It is important to use themes and plugins with good rating/ good review. You might use some plugins that are for WordPress such as Word Fence, these kind of plugins help to mitigate some security issues and alert the owner when incidents occur.
Some people confuse WordPress as being for small businesses, which is actually not the case. Big players such as CNN, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Mercedes-Benzes, BBC America, Vogue and many more use it. WordPress powered nearly one in four sites on the internet as of 2015, Not only that but it became the choice of more than 80% of the people. WordPress continues to grow and is our top choice for creating awesome websites!