WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It is widely accepted by the developers and used in more than 26% of the total websites of the world. But what makes it so popular? Why developers and website owners are obsessed with it? Why WordPress is best for you and your website?
Here in this article you will get a definite idea about WordPress and why it can be best for you for your next project.
Free to Use
WordPress is a free software, this means you are free to use it, download it, and modify it without any licensing issue. Also there are currently more than 2600 themes and more than 31000 plugins available for free to run and support your website. As WordPress is open-source software and have a huge community base of WordPress consultants to update and maintain it regularly.
If you are using it for web development and you are a developer then you can also create and distribute your plugins and themes to its marketplace. This will give you ability to get and attract huge user base without doing any promotional activity.
Easy to Learn and Manage
WordPress is used on millions of websites by millions of people and the latest release WordPress 4.6 already has been downloaded over 6 million times and counting within this 15 days. And I have shared this statistics here to show you usability of it. It is obvious that it is very easy to use and learn, that’s why it is so popular among developers and website owners.
WordPress has an update manager built-in which lets you update your plugins, themes and the system itself. When a newer version is available then it notifies you to update, by this you don’t need to keep track of update frequency. You can update it by clicking only one button and manage backups by various plugins.
Safe and Secure
WordPress is developed with security in mind so it is itself very much secured and keeps away many attacks. But as it is so popular and used by many there are many hackers trying continuously to hack and attack with bots to many WP sites. If you are one of these victims then do not worry there are plenty of free plugins available to support you to keep your site free from this unwanted guests.
As WordPress was created to blog features keep in mind, so it comes with akismet plugin which manages spam comments on your blog posts. On other hand to keep clean your contact forms from bots you can use captcha with many popular plugins like contact form 7, which is currently active on over 1 million sites.
It is the most SEO friendly CMS currently available on market. WordPress is written using standard compliance high quality code and produces semantic mark up which makes your site very attractive to search engines.
WordPress itself is very SEO friendly in design, however you can enhance its SEO features by using plugins. There are few very popular plugins available, which updates regularly to keep your site up to date with search engines algorithmic preferences.
Career as a WordPress Developer
If you are a web developer or want to become one, then WP is a good choice as it can be used in many difference ways. You can use WordPress as follows:
- Content Management System (CMS)
- Portfolio Website
- E-commerce website
- Business Website
- Membership Site
Other than it as I have mentioned before you can also develop plugins and themes for WP and sell the premium features with it. The envato power elite author is a theme that has been sold over 100,000 copies.
On Freelancer.com, 243,161 WP projects have been completed to date as of January 2015. That’s a value of $60,571,205. In India, WordPress as a CMS (47 percent) is nearly 12 times more popular than Drupal (4 percent) as of 2015 according to GoDaddy.
By this figures mentioned above and the features which WP poses, we can simply say that WordPress is a reliable system to develop any kind of website project.
Is there any other good features of WordPress that I have missed and you want to share, then comment down below?