love-wordpress-2WordPress,a free and open source blogging tool and content management system, is so popular among the web developers in our community it almost feels like a buzz word. Though statistics say WordPress is here to stay.

WordPress powers over 76 million websites, almost 26% of all websites. According to Builtwith.com, WordPress websites account for more than 42% of the top 10,000 sites using a content management system, more than any other alternative.

Why WordPress?

With stats like these WordPress must be easy to love. But what makes developers want to cuddle up?

  1. Usability – WordPress makes it easy to update website content without knowing HTML. This lowers maintenance costs and the need to wait while a webmaster makes changes to your site.
  2. Expandable – WordPress has a modular nature that allows components to be added and subtracted from the core functionalities with ease. Enhancing flexibility when the site is built and in the future when additions or modifications are required. As of December 2013, 28,313 free plugins are available for download from WordPress.org and many more are available for purchase. This makes adding functionality to a site far less expensive than developing custom features from scratch.
  3. Written in PHP – PHP is an open source programming language (Facebook uses it too and their development team attributed many positive developments to the language), that allows for faster load times, flexible hosting and database connectivity. Learn more about why PHP is a great programming language at: http://bit.ly/1dH04dj.
  4. Open Source – WordPress.org is open source which often leads to stronger framework, lower prices (FREE!) and better longevity. Learn more about how using open source software can help strengthen your website at: http://bit.ly/1fhl9vZ.
  5. Support – Development began in 2003 and continues today. The software is widely supported with easy to find tutorials, user and developer communities.
  6. SEO – WordPress provides good search engine optimization (SEO) right out of the box. Additional improvements can be made for better results.
  7. Available Development Talent – Thousands of companies and even more developers are experts in molding the software. Affording users without expertise a greater level of security. If your designer isn’t right for you another expert is easy to find.
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