WordPress development has developed from being a mere blogging platform not just to a full-fledged content management system but to the best and most popular website development system. Every creative web development company has either tried it out or still uses it now.
The features that attracted WordPress web development companies are numerous and some of them have been discussed right here.
It is very popular
WordPress development has gone from obscurity to the most popular content management system in the world and its popularity still grows. In fact, no other content management system comes even close. Do you know what it means to control over 4 percent of the entire internet? Yes, WordPress does.
More than 55 percent of CMS based websites are developed on WordPress. Here is the bomb, more than 15 blog posts are published on WordPress controlled websites every single second.
If you think this is some kind of deliberate hype or exaggeration, you can verify the figures.
Even popular brands use WordPress
Would you believe it if someone told you that sites like The New Yorkers, The Next Web, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and even the world famous CNN’s blogs all run on WordPress? Well, that is it. They all do and even many more. If these kinds of websites can be built on WordPress doesn’t that tell you the kind of functionalities and power behind the WordPress?
Remember, these are all different types of sites with different purposes. This underscores the versatility WordPress offers. So, in case you still see it as just a blogging platform, this should change your impression.
Some academic institutions run several online courses on their WordPress based websites and countless communities and high traffic e-commerce websites are built on WordPress and they work seamlessly. However, that does not mean that it can no longer be used for blogging. It is still a veritable tool for blogging. CNN’s blogs are all built on it.
Availability of numerous plugins
WordPress has so many plugins for different functions and instead of having to write lengthy codes for different functions, you just need to use some of the plugins from WordPress. Imagine, programming without coding. This is fun. This is why a lot of web designers and developers have joined the bandwagon of WordPress.
There is already a plugin for virtually everything you might want to do. This saves you a lot of time and effort. Even though WordPress has both free and paid plugins, its free plugins are more than 45,000 in number. Can you beat that? The plugins are so many that, the ones you won’t need will be a multiple of the ones you will get to use. And you know what? More plugins are being created every day.
WordPress is built on PHP so if you are an expert in the language, you might want to flaunt what you’ve got by customizing some plugins. However, if you value your time, it might not be necessary. Why would you want to start coding from scratch when you can make use of plugins? Don’t you want to impress your clients with an improved turnaround time?
Non-developers can also make use of WordPress
It has great tools for setting up online business sites like creating online retail stores. So, you don’t have to be a pro to be able to use it. WordPress websites can easily be integrated with different payment gateways. Being able to hand some tasks by yourself will reduce your website development cost as your developer won’t start from scratch.
Only a very few people are aware that WordPress also has a lot of plugins that are useful for backend tasks. So, it can be used for intranets too. You can self-host some apps and save some cost.
It can also be used for membership sites where members log in with their passwords to have access to some facilities of the sites. The most beautiful part is that you don’t need to have programming skills to be able to do some “wonders” with WordPress.
It is completely free
WordPress is open source and completely free to use. You can even make the change that you want to the site’s codes without paying any money. You don’t also require any kind of license to access WordPress. Although there are paid plugins, you can also get many free themes and plugins. The best part is that you can earn money by the side of WordPress by creating your own premium themes and plugins for other people to use.
WordPress skills are highly sought after
With some WordPress, you can get several kinds of jobs because the WordPress services are in high demand. You can get a job in a creative web design company or you can also get a job as a site manager in jobs that run their sites on WordPress. Having WordPress skills already makes you a website designer and developer.
Sites built on WordPress are very easy to manage
Sites built on WordPress are quite easy to run and maintain. You don’t have to be a website developer to be able to manage WordPress sites. There are several WordPress communities online that you can consult if you run into any problem. Some of them would have run into same challenges and probably fill you in on likely solutions.
WordPress is easier to learn
If you intend to learn WordPress, you can get numerous online resources to help you get started. And if you put your heart to it, you can be up in three months. You may not be a WordPress expert by then but you should have learned enough skills to make you earn some serious cash.
Free web hosting
WordPress offers two types of web hosting – free and paid for. As you will expect, free web hosting comes with limited facilities and resources. First of all, WordPress.com is attached to your web address. You also enjoy limited free themes. Free web hosting comes with limited storage space and no video storage. Most importantly, you can’t turn off ads as you have absolutely no control over them. The biggest problem with free web hosting is the addition of WordPress.com to your web address. No big company will take you seriously with such a ridiculous web address. WordPress paid web hosting is very affordable. Why not just upgrade your account to a paid one.
Now you know the secrets behind the rapid growth and popularity of WordPress. You may also want your next website built on the best content management system in the world – WordPress.
Kenneth Evans is Analyst and Content Marketer for top app development companies. As a Content marketer, He has been contributing to various blogging platforms and Forums.