WordPress: A Schedule For Success

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The rise of the world's most popular open source content management system.

There is no accident as to why WordPress became the world's favourite content management system. From the start, its ease of use and powerful features have won friends with its users since 2005. It has and remains one of the most search engine friendly CMSs, one always on the ball with the latest web standards and trends. Many see WordPress as 'only suitable for blogs' owing to its popularity among bloggers. Increasingly, conventional websites are being built with WordPress.

There are two parts to WordPress. One is WordPress.org, where you download WordPress onto your server. The other is Wordpress.com, which offers a hosting service for bloggers. WordPress.org began life on the 27 May 2003, as a fork of b2/cafelog, by its founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Wordpress.com began in 2005 and is part of Matt Mullenweg's company, Automattic, where the open source WordPress CMS is used to power weblogs.

Why Choose WordPress?

  • Easy To Use: the learning curve in WordPress isn't as steep as some CMSs;
  • Modular: wealth of themes and plugins available, whether you wish to expand or streamline your website;
  • Support: extensive community involvement via WordPress.org, including forums and WordCamps;
  • A Good All-Rounder: ideal for the most modest and most complex of websites;
  • Excellent For Small Websites: a most intuitive CMS for small scale projects;
  • SEO Friendly: WordPress has been SEO friendly from the start and remains so thanks to its semantic filing system;
  • Social Media Integration: a plethora of plugins are available for sharing with popular social media websites;
  • Supports Responsive Web Design: there is a wealth of themes that are designed for mobile devices including its default theme.

Community support is another great strength of WordPress, through its official forum and a host of forums and knowledge bases. For companies and individuals new to content management systems, WordPress is a good place to begin. Even so, it has a number of features which enable your website to expand. There is extensive support from third parties for free and paid-for plugins and themes.

And of course, you don't have to be an amateur blogger to appreciate Wordpress - even CNN's, Sony's and The Rolling Stones' websites are built that way. Extensions are available to allow for swish visual effects, possibly displaying your prized bus pictures, or your World Tour in the best light. If you wish to sell T-shirts featuring Leyland Atlanteans or your latest album, full e-commerce plugins. The most popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress is WooCommerce.

Being SEO friendly from the start, and on the pulse with the latest trends, it is little wonder as to why WordPress offers excellent social media integration. A number of third party and official WordPress plugins are available for publicising your website on popular social media sites. Plugins are also available for greater integration with Google services such as Google Analytics and Google+ accounts.

Its ease of use has made WordPress the cosmos' favoured content management system. Between 2007 and 2011 it has picked up awards for its clean coding, category management and intuitive interface. Today, its appeal remains high with the CMS enjoying a sharp rise in popularity.

WordPress

  • Launched: 27 May 2003
  • Latest Stable Version: 3.9.1
  • Popularity: 1st
  • Number of Sites: 12,761,825 (02 June 2014)
  • Used By: CNN, Reuters, The Rolling Stones, Sony, Derren Brown.

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