WEBSbyU ADOPTS WORDPRESS CMS – Jan 2011
In January 2011, we adopted WordPress CMS as our primary content management system (CMS) and development platform for creating user-updateable websites. We won’t be dropping our own custom-made, proprietary CMS that has faithfully powered our user-updateable websites for the past 11 years, but we will be shifting the bulk of our website development work to WordPress CMS.
WORDPRESS – HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO WORLD LEADER:
WordPress started as a simple blogging platform back in 2003. Since its introduction only a few short years ago, WordPress has blossomed into an award-winning content management system (CMS).
The functions of WordPress seem to be endless, as more and more people are harnessing it’s power for template designs, blogging, corporate websites/blogs and so much more. You’d be foolish to go against its ballooning online audience and argue that WordPress isn’t here to stay.
32,000,000 WordPress installations: As of December 2010, there were over 32 million WordPress publishers: 16 million blogs hosted on WordPress.com plus 16.7 million active installations of the WordPress.org software. Over 260 million people worldwide visit one or more WordPress.com blogs every month, and they view over 2.3 billion pages on those blogs each month. More statistics…
If you’ve ever looked for a CMS platform you understand the complexity of finding a simple CMS that actually works and isn’t full of bugs or fatal error messages. Finding a CMS platform system capable of adapting to your growing needs is also a must. This is exactly why so many individuals and professional web developers have chosen WordPress as their CMS.
BENEFITS OF WORDPRESS CMS
Simple Interface: The WordPress platform offers a simple user interface when compared to other content management systems. After logging into WordPress you’ll arrive at the dashboard. The WordPress dashboard allows you to change many elements of your website without having to know a line of programming code. You can change/edit/images, pages, posts, text content and a variety of other features quickly and easily.
User Friendly: WordPress is very user friendly. Other content management systems boast about their endless list of features, but more often than not, they are extremely complicated to use. WordPress however, is easy to adapt to without any needed support. And, if you do have a question, there are numerous active free support communities to choose from.
Highly Extensible and Flexible: WordPress has a large and ever-growing library of design templates, plugins and widgets created by a thriving community of professional developers world-wide.
Templates are used to instantly change the look and feel of your WordPress website. A whole development industry has grown up around engineering what are called “Premium Templates”. These are WordPress templates that not only look great design-wise, but are highly flexible and built to meet the highest standards of internet security.
StudioPress – Template Developers: After considerable research we have chosen as our template system the premium templates made by StudioPress, one of the world’s leading template developers. Read more…
Plugins are mini-programs that automatically “plug in” to your WordPress CMS and extend the overall functionality of WordPress. There are free plug-ins for virtually anything you can think of. Here’s just a sample:
• video/photo galleries
• polls and surveys
• news feeds to and from your site
• social media connectivity
• video conferencing
• and more, the list is almost endless.
Widgets are like little custom-made “tools” that plug into your WorrdPress system and allow you to vary the look and extend the functionality of your website even more. The number of plugins and widgets is now in the thousands. Read more…
Search Engine Friendly – built-in SEO features: WordPress is loaded with powerful internal features that make it extremely search engine friendly giving your website a much better Google ranking than if it were just a regular site. As well, a large assortment of SEO plugins are available to make your website even more findable by search engines, and especially Google. By having a WordPress site you will save a substantial amount of money over the years because you will probably never have to hire SEO specialist (depending on how highly competitive your market is).
Large Support & Development Community: As noted above, with WordPress installations and users numbering in the millions it is vistually impossible to know the total size of the combined WordPress support communities and development communities around the world. It’s safe to say that it is in the thousands or tens of thousands. That’s a lot of available help and development expertise!
Award-Winning: Two Great Awards in 2009 -2010
WordPress Wins CMS Award – 2009
Matt Mullenweg: Nov. 19, 2009
“I was very excited last week to learn that WordPress has been awarded the Overall Best Open Source CMS Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. This is a landmark for us, as it is the first time we’ve won this award, and it marks a shift in the public perception of WordPress, from blog software to full-featured CMS. No small contest, the Open Source CMS Awards received over 12,000 nominations and more than 23,000 votes across five categories.”
WordPress Wins CMS “Hall of Fame” Award – 2010
Matt Mullenweg: Nov. 19, 2010
“I was just informed that WordPress, in head-to-head voting against Joomla and Drupal, has won this year’s Open Source CMS Hall of Fame award. We have to be careful because if this trend continues people might think WordPress is a real CMS, useful for more than just a blog. This would ruin our stealth campaign and might bring dozens of new users to the WordPress community. If you could keep this on the DL we’d appreciate it.”
Millions of Users: In case you missed it above – As of December 2010, there were over 32 million WordPress publishers: 16 million blogs hosted on WordPress.com plus 16.7 million active installations of the WordPress.org software. Over 260 million people worldwide visit one or more WordPress.com blogs every month, and they view over 2.3 billion pages on those blogs each month.