What is WordPress?

Sometimes a specific Web building platform jumps out at us as a good fit for a particular project; perhaps Weebly for a simple but attractive brochure site, or Joomla for a portal site. However, there’s one Content Management System (CMS) that we all use more than any other, and that system is WordPress.

This is an open-source software, which originally was a blog platform. Even as recently as a few years ago, many Web designers still thought of WordPress as a CMS best suited to blogs, and chose Joomla or Drupal for other types of website. Now, however, this has changed. Today, the software platform is more than that but still inherits its strength in content management. It is capable of acting as the backbone for all kinds of different websites. It’s now used by names as big as Samsung, Forbes and CNN.

Who should use WordPress

Today, you can also manage hierarchical pages in this platform. With the help of certain plugins, this platform is therefore suitable for application as content management system, widely used for corporate website, news website, small webshop using Woocommerce etc.

The percentage below represents the number of websites using given technology divided by the total number of websites using any of the technologies selected in the left column; websites limited to the Alexa top 1M. The dominant position of WordPress and Woocommerce (WordPress based shop system) are clearly visible.

wordpress market share

WordPress ’s advantages

The best part about WordPress is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough for just about anything. That’s the main reason why this system has grown so much in popularity.

Due to it’s robust features, many of the top brands use this platform to power their websites including but not limited to: Time Magazine, Google, Facebook, Sony, Disney, LinkedIn, The New York Times, CNN, eBay, and more.

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