Mention the term WordPress to most business people and the majority of the time you’ll hear about it being a “blogging software” that offers a lot of free and great looking themes. While those few facts may be true, it’s not a completely accurate description. Referring to WordPress as just a blogging program is kind of like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch. WordPress has developed, over the past several years, into much, much more.
Not only is WordPress a blogging tool, it’s developed into the most used Content Management System (CMS) and website platform in the world. WordPress powers two-thirds of the top million websites worldwide. It’s now the platform of more than 66 million websites. From your NaNa’s travel blog to internet titans like CNN, Forbes, The New York Times, TechCrunch, People, CBS and Ebay, Inc., WordPress is the foundation for them all, both big and small. WordPress supports sites from 100 to 10,000 pages in size and sites with daily readership in the millions.
Here are the top 3 reasons why WordPress rules the internet:
- WordPress is Open Source and Free
I’m not sure if any other words get geeks more excited than the words “free” and “open source”, and their enthusiasm for WordPress is no exception. The latest version has already been downloaded more than 10 million times since it was released to the public a few months ago. According to the WordPress Codex, open source means the platform source code is open “to the world to take apart, build upon and improve”. And free is free, folks. Nothing more to it.
- WordPress is Scalable and Ultra Powerful
We’ve already detailed WordPress’ scalability but it’s power is unmatched in CMS systems. No other system offers the “out-of-the-box” features and tools that WordPress can offer both small businesses, and major industries alike. In addition to those standard features, with a library of more than 20,000 free plug-ins and themes, the WordPress developer universe is massive and thriving.
- WordPress is Crazy Simple to Learn
WordPress, as a CMS tool, is the most intuitive and simplistic system to learn. No other CMS system, with the power of WordPress, allows a web developer to spend a few hours developing a child-theme and train a complete neophyte on how to update their own content in one day. Not only can a person add written content, they can easily publish videos, photos, galleries, and slideshows. They can add buttons, new pages, blog posts and news updates. I’ve personally taken 35 minutes to write a simple WordPress tutorial for my father-in-law and watched from afar as he proceeded to add news updates, slideshow graphics, and videos to his online portfolio.
So no, WordPress isn’t just blogging software with pretty themes any longer. It’s the most powerful and widely used CMS platform in the world and supports sites, both massive and small. It’s open source, it’s free and it’s so very simple to learn. Those are the reasons why WordPress rules the internet.