WordPress runs more than 25% of the websites worldwide today, and the outlook is that it will keep growing in market share. The reason behind its growth has a lot to do with the flexibility, extensibilty (w/ an incredible ecosystem of plugins), security, and the price…FREE.
WordPress started out as a blog publishing system in 2001 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. In 2003, they officially “forked” the code and launched the WordPress project. The “open source” project has a GPL (General Public License), which means its open for anyone to make changes to the code or to create “plugin software” that adds features and functions to the system.
As WordPress has evolved, it has become a rock solid website framework, not only used by personal bloggers and content publishers, but also by Fortune 500 companies to run their websites. In fact, WordPress boasts running websites from the likes of Microsoft, Bloomberg, Facebook, The New Yorker, BBC America, and many, many more.
Another major reason to use WordPress is it’s user management features. This is really useful for companies that need to have others in their organizations write or change content on their website, without having to hire a website developers. WordPress has built in tools and features, much like a rich text editor, that gives users the ability to create content just like they would using a program like Microsoft Word.
What are some of the other features offered by WordPress?
- Search Engine Optimized – WordPress is optimized for search engines right out of the box. All you have to do is fill out page or post names, and WordPress does the rest.
- Media Management – Images, documents, and videos can be managed right inside of WordPress, giving users the ability to upload and use a variety of media types. It even has image editing capabilities, so you can crop and scale images when needed.
- Multilingual – WordPress is available in over 70 languages.
- Community – One of the biggest strengths of using WordPress is the huge community of people that already use the software. If you want to learn how to do something in WordPress, there are literally thousands of website and tutorials where you can learn.
If you’re using something other than WordPress for your website, it’s time to change. plumThumb can convert just about ANY website over to WordPress. Contact us today for an estimate.