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Is WordPress Still Relevant?

Open Source Software


WordPress is an open source software based on PHP & MySQL. Open source software is developed and managed by a community of developers. Open source software is a non-commercialized approach to developing software. The beauty of this is that WordPress is free. 

The drawback is that there is not any traditional customer support. WordPress offers support in document form, but you have to search for the answers. You will not be able to call a customer service representative and ask your questions. There are also third-party tutorials, that cover beginner to advanced subjects.

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Proprietary Software

In contrast, proprietary software companies higher. A staff which includes developers that develop software for profit. The company offers different services, but the main difference is support!

WordPress at the Beginning & Now

WordPress was a contact management system (CMS) and a blog manager. But, it has evolved into so much more! The community of volunteer developers continued to create new ideas. Those ideas created themes and plugins.

What Exactly Does it Do

In the beginning, WordPress was designed to handle blog post content. You can add images, video, body copy, and a host of other digital assets to create great posts. It also controlled user comments and rolled based access.

Now, it still does all the above but also includes a full-blown web page design tool. You can add headers, footers, navigation, sidebar, body copy. All this without knowing a once of code. On top of all this, you can increase the functionality by adding themes and plugins.

Themes

With WordPress, you can add themes that allow for different types of functionality. Themes (there are over 11,000) will enable you to choose a look that reflects your business.

Many third-party themes are free, but for higher quality, you may have to shell some cash. Third party companies vary in the support they offer. Before you buy a theme be sure, you read everything. Also check out their support, FAQ page, and documentation.

Plugins


The world of plugins is a bit more complicated. Plugins offer you more functionality. Check out the following list of possibilities.

Form Creation
Advanced Maps
Image & Video Sliders
Reservation Systems
E-Commerce
SEO
Google Analytics
Cool Calendars
Email Marketing Integration
Security
Backups
Website Speed Improvement

As you can see, you have plenty of choices with over 40,000 plugins. Please note that plugins can add great functionality to your site. But, it can also add some grief. Plugins can conflict with each other and with some themes.

Conflicts cause parts of your site not to work and can be frustrating. The solution is usually disabling some plugins in hopes that the broken ones work. All in all, plugins work and are a great way to increase the capabilities of your website.

Ease of Use & Popularity


Ease of use is what makes WordPress so popular. With WordPress, there is no need to understand complex coding. You can type content in your body copy like a word processor. Themes will include headers, footers, sidebars, and navigation.

All these elements are easier to control rather than coding it. They are used in over 30% of all the websites on the internet. WordPress powers 14.7% of the top 100 sites in the world. Thirty-seven million global Google searches for “WordPress” are made per month. Around 19,500,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress.

So is it relevant, yes it is relevant? I'm an avid WordPress developer/designer. If you have any questions about WordPress or you need help with your site, I would be happy to answer them. Please feel free to contact me at the following.

About the Author George Sulc

I'm a freelance web designer, and I love to create good looking websites that will accomplish my client's goals.

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