This year the publishing platform WordPress is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. With parties all over the world, and over 66 million installations it is apparently used on some 18% of the entire internet!
So, for those of you who don’t really know what all the fuss is about, here’s a round-up of why we use this particular content management system for building our websites.
The appearance of the platform in the back-end of the website is very important for our clients. We need a system that is as easy to use as possible, while remaining powerful and adaptable, and the WordPress platform is pretty easy on the eye with a stripped back interface.
It’s well supported
There is such a vast community of WordPress users out there which means that, more often than not, if you have a problem someone else already has the solution. If this isn’t the case then there are always knowledgeable and supportive people out there willing to give their time and expertise to help solve and share issues. What a rare thing! Also, the sheer amount of plugins that are available for WordPress websites now is mind-bogglingly valuable. They can range from quick to install plugins which help to boost the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of your site to a full blown E-commerce platform for your website.
The WordPress system is so flexible that you simply cannot tell just by looking at a site whether it has anything to do with the CMS (Content Management System). From vast E-commerce set-ups like the work we did for Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co, down to the smallest one-page website, WordPress has no problem adapting to either. This adaptability means that we can scope projects based on our clients budgets / deadlines rather than our own restrictions, leaving the potential to build on work in future. It is likely you have come across countless WordPress websites without knowing it by journalists, artists and photographers. Here’s a list of some notable WordPress sites.
It’s SEO friendly
WordPress is probably the best comprehensive CMS around that makes a fabulous impression on search engines. Plugins like SEO by Yoast, developed by experts in the field, mean we can give powerful micro SEO control over to our clients to maintain and develop their success.
Finally, WordPress is not only free but, with constant security updates and spam blocking tools it’s one of the safest around too. Just keep updated!
Check out this infographic with statistics about WordPress after 10 years, and you can find their anniversary website here. Do you use another system? We’d love to know what it’s like and why in the comments below.