WordPress, Oh WordPress!
Arguably the most popular website management or blogging system, supporting over 60 Million websites, WordPress as a CMS is the best choice today for those wanting their websites up and running in a matter of days.
It is an open-source, PHP-based, Content Management System and uses MySQL database, complemented by numerous, independent, and easily installable plug-ins to rapidly implement complex functionalities.
This article shall shed light on the many benefits of this CMS that led it to such coveted visibility since its first release in 2003. This may also serve as a small guide for our readers with a web project on hand requiring WordPress website development services.
WordPress comes in as a system that is installed on the host server. Since it comprises at least one web Theme, your website is technically ready rudimentarily merely by installing it.
The Theme must essentially be designed compliant with WordPress standards, using structured PHP, valid HTML, and CSS.
While there are many free themes available in the theme directory of the CMS, these are also available online in plenty, free or paid, created by individual WordPress developers, and could be easily imported into the CMS system. You may also hire a WordPress developer and have them custom designed.
Once installed, themes can be altered variously by modifying their constituent PHP, HTML, and CSS.
Then there are Plugins. Plugins are used to deploy various features and functionalities popularly desired in websites.
These are pre-programmed modules developed by WordPress programmers and made available online. Like themes, these too can be free or paid. These can be installed within the CMS system, allowing users to enhance the capabilities of a website or a blog with minimal effort investment.
A few examples of how such plugins may tailor your website to your specific needs would be enabling your website for SEO, customizing the online purchase process, applying special product shipping conditions, and so on.
To give you an idea about the level to which these plugins may enhance a WordPress site, there are over 49000 plugins available online. Considering the fact that countless more plugins are posted on the Net every day by WordPress web developers and that the existing ones can be further customized to suit them for a given website (custom WordPress plugin development) implies a very broad spectrum of features that may be implemented in the website.
While it should be conceded that it does require at least some technical experience to install a WordPress website, once it is installed it allows significant control over the website even to users whose computer exposure may not be beyond web surfing or working with Word documents.
Users may become experts in handling WordPress CMS using the ample help, both inbuilt and online, which is readily available. This comprehensive help is enough to render website management so user-friendly that any technical expertise that may be otherwise required in website management on the user side is virtually eliminated. So is a dependency on a WordPress web development company, assuming of course that your website does not involve advanced WordPress development.
Such control afforded to non-technical people on the internals of their website caused a huge mass of website owners to switch to WordPress. Most of these owned small static websites from the days of yore but needed to upgrade to a DB-backed system. They felt a pressing need to be able to implement small changes without having to look up to their web developers. WordPress appealed to them instantly as the best choice to switch over.
Such large-scale transitioning created a lucrative market for WordPress development services. WordPress Design and Development were required more and more and the trend continues to date.
WordPress CMS continues to be the most popular CMS and Blogging System.