Popular Content Management System
While you might not be familiar with WordPress, an amazing Content Management System, by name, you most certainly have visited many websites and blogs which use this amazing technology. WordPress is currently used by 14.7% of the top 1 million most popular websites, is currently powering 8.5% of all websites on the net, and is becoming so popular, as of August 2011, it powers 22% of all new websites. In fact, as of December 2011, WordPress version 3.0 has been downloaded over 65 million times. High traffic websites such as Ebay, Yahoo, Digg, Ford, the Wall Street Journal, Sony, and many, many more take advantage of the flexibility and customizability that WordPress provides.
So what makes WordPress such a popular tool for successful web developers? WordPress appeals to such a large portion of internet users and developers because they have made their infrastructure open and extendable. This means a massive community of developers are building plug-ins and themes, free for all to download and incorporate into their websites. Right now there are over 15,000 available plug-ins, and that number grows each day. A complete walkthrough exists for both programmers and beginners, making the software incredibly easy to use. There are also over 1,500 user created themes available for free.
Where Did WordPress Come from?
WordPress was created in 2003, as a fork of b2/cafelog, by Matt Mullenweg. B2/cafelog was a small blogging software, used by roughly 2,000 blogs at the time of WordPress’ development. Wordpress was originally created out of a perceived market need for a well designed and structured blog publishing system using PHP and MySQL. However, with each successive release, each named for a famous jazz musician such as Charles Mingus or Thelonius Monk, they’ve expanded on that basic role, allowing WordPress to incorporate plug-ins, themes, and allowing the coding to be changed and used for much more than simple blogging.
One of the biggest steps in turning WordPress from a simple blogging tool to a more robust CMS system, came in 2010, when they incorporated WordPress Mutli-User (WPMU) into the original WordPress coding. This allowed users greater control, the ability to host multiple pages and blogs simultaneously on the same website, and opened up WordPress’ web development and management capabilities to a new level.
A Community Development
However, the real genius of WordPress, has been in its community development. With the release of WordPress 3.0, the creators shifted their focus from hard coding, to creating a vibrant community of creative users, who tweak, customize, and build new plug-ins for the software. By listening to their community, their focus will evolve into become an even more CMS friendly platform, and they are able to quickly incorporate new internet trends as they become popular, things such as twitter, or flickr. Due to the immense user community, they are able provide solutions to web design needs in a fluid manner, while providing free support to its users.
As WordPress continues to evolve as a living, breathing set of code, it’s uses will only multiply and expand. It’s not hard to imagine WordPress becoming another giant of the internet, a powerhouse on par with Google, Microsoft, or Mozilla, and it’s impact on making web development simpler, and easier for those who don’t have any coding experience, or are only minimally familiar with how a webpage functions, cannot be underestimated. As our world becomes increasingly plugged in to the internet, and more and more of our life revolves around web interfaces, it’s easy to see why WordPress is such a powerful tool for you and your company.