Wordpress started out as alternative to the b2/cafelog, blogging software, since the latter was discontinued. It was on the 27th of May in 2003 that Matt Mullenweg announced the first version of WordPress. However, little did he know then that this would eventually turn out to be one of the most used platforms by bloggers and web developers alike. WordPress has created thousands of jobs and a new industry of designers, web developers, bloggers, writers, publishers and marketing specialists. It powers more than 22% of all the websites in the World Wide Web. Further, WordPress development dominates the list of the top 100 blogs across the globe.
So what makes WordPress such an amazing platform?
The WordPress system is absolutely open source and is thus supported by thousands of free to use template that can be integrated into a website in just a few clicks. The growing popularity of WordPress have even led to the platform offering some premium and one-time use templates that will differentiate your website from other businesses and these come at a price. Even so, the most expensive WordPress Template would cost around $50.
Both the free and paid templates provided by WordPress don’t just integrate an advanced design but also make a website more functional and easier to navigate. Businesses today are looking to enhance the ‘convenience’ factor for end users and it’s no better supported than using a WordPress template. When you go for a free template, you can also choose to customize with your own color schemes, font styles and sizes and change several other elements to bring out a unique design.
Among the first reason that made WordPress the most loved content management systems (CMS) is its simplicity. Organization can look to save both money and time as the backend is supported by a very easy dashboard. Updating content, be it text or images is a matter of a few clicks. This simplicity has made WordPress the cheapest web development solutions in recent years.
It’s true that most startups use WordPress as a means of easy web platform creation. However, companies grow with time and so do its functionalities. WordPress provides a widget based dashboard structure that makes it virtually possible to customize each and every functionality. Today, not just startups but a dozen and more Fortune 500 companies are using WordPress and this includes brands like Samsung, Coca Cola, Ford and Nokia. The WordPress platform is focused on scalability and speed with several new plugins, updates and templates being introduced every often. They are designed to take us less resources (server speed, etc) and offer better scalability.
Several companies are switching from PSD to HTML and WordPress to strengthen their web marketing tools. WordPress CMS is well known as a high performing platform when talking about search optimization. It’s quite easy to rank higher in Google with the right type of content. Several free plugins for the same purpose add to the functionality. From Adwords to other forms of online advertising and sharing, WordPress is now being used by more than 74 million businesses looking to sell their products and services out there.
Apart from making it easier to get a website on and running, WordPress CMS integrates scores of features to make the life of a web developer easy. These are some of the most unique tools to be attached to any CMS and they invariably make the product stand out.
WordPress 3.3 has already reached 12 million downloads and counting. If you are looking to create a new website or restructure your existing one, there are good numbers of reasons that you should be investing in WordPress development.