If content is king, then who makes the king look good? That’s what your CMS does, but what is a CMS?
CMS, or a content management system, is an online collection of tools that you employ on your website to manage its content so that creating content and delivering it to your audience is done conveniently.
The following picture shows how a proper CMS can act as a central hub, managing communications between all parties.
There are a number of CMS brands out there today, and website owners prefer one over the other according to their priorities. One among such CMS brands is WordPress, which is an open-source CMS.
Since its launch, WordPress has grown to become the world’s most popular CMS.
This data shows WordPress has taken over 59% of the CMS market around the world.
WordPress has also experienced considerable growth over the past 7 years. For a number of great reasons, the proportion of CMS systems used to build websites has doubled since January 2011. Whether as a catalyst and/or a benefactor of this CMS growth, WordPress usage has also doubled in that same time. As of January 2017, WordPress was powering nearly 29% of all websites in the world.
Backed up by its outstanding features, a supremely user-friendly interface, and a global developers’ community, WordPress is the choice of most website owners around the globe.
Before we talk about WordPress’ history a little and give you 5 simple reasons why WordPress should be your CMS choice, here are a few more statistics about WordPress to impress you some more.
- WordPress runs over a quarter of the world’s websites. (Source: WPEngine)
- In other words, WordPress runs over 75 million websites. (Source: Forbes)
- 409 million people view WordPress websites’ pages. (Source: WordPress)
- Every month, WordPress blogs publish over 79 million new posts. (Source: WordPress)
- WordPress content is published in 120 languages. (Source: WordPress)
Matt Mullenweg had an idea to develop an open-source content management system for the growing population of website owners who weren’t coding savvy. First launched in 2003 with a .ORG extension, WordPress allowed blog development, archived schematic documentation, and ran a forum for user support.
The launch of this biggest CMS platform has an intriguing story. In 2001, a French developer, Michel Valdrighi, launched a blogging tool, named b2/cafelog. When, in 2002, Valdrighi discontinued the project, Mullenweg was a user of this tool. In January 2003, when Mullenweg was blogging pictures from D.C. he wrote he wanted to create a revamped version of b2/cafelog. One thing led to the next, and, four months later, Mullenweg launched WordPress with the help of Mike Little.
13 years later, WordPress is rocking the Internet.
Now that you know how it came to be, let’s see why WordPress is the best choice you’ll ever make for your CMS.
1. Works for All Kinds of Websites
WordPress doesn’t favor any one kind of website. It’s equally great for blogs, websites, portfolios, galleries, e-commerce, reservation systems, secure client portals, etc. Think of any website structure and you’ll find WordPress works for it.
2. Big or Small, WordPress Helps Them All
We didn’t intend for it to rhyme, but we’ll keep it.
Whether you’re a starting up online company with a handful of team members or a global brand, WordPress supports, and is favored by, all kinds of websites. In fact, WordPress made a showcase of great websites and big brands running the CMS behind their web presence.
3. SEO at Your Fingertips
Talking about plugins, another exciting feature of WordPress is the many great tools available to get you going with your SEO goals. SEO stands for search engine optimization and is simply the collection of techniques you use for getting higher ranks in search engine results.
Furthermore, WordPress interface has a ton of built-in functions to ensure the content you create for your WordPress website or blog can be easily optimized for your search engines of choice.
4. Ideal for Mobile Devices
Thanks to its innovative community of designers and developers, WordPress now has a built-in function to make your websites flawless on mobile device display screens.
However, when you download a theme, make sure it’s responsive and supports mobile display for your content without cutting out anything important.
5. File Types Support
Last, and probably the most important, is the fact that WordPress is a truly comprehensive CMS. It supports all popular file types for a number of contents, including video, text, and audio. A complete list of supported file types is available here.
Gone are the days when it was easy to always spot a WordPress site. So many tools have been developed to help designers create almost any type of site imaginable. Many hard-core programming purists may look down upon the drag and drop interfaces, but they will have to embrace these tools or be left behind. Excellent tools such as Beaver Builder and others put an easy-to-use interface between the designed and the code layer. As these tools evolve, WordPress will only become more powerful and easier to use.
Will WordPress’s foothold become stronger? Will WordPress be able to handle any type and size of website? Should you consider using WordPress for your next website project?
The answer to all these questions is simply Yes.