Although the number of registered sites is measured in billions, almost three quarters are inactive. And when it comes to active sites, the main character of our story – WordPress – enters the scene. Even if you are not versed in website design, you have probably heard of this popular CMS (Content Management System). As he recently became an adult (the first version of the WP was released on May 27, 2003), it is time to tell a few interesting things about him.
Although the numbers vary depending on the source, it is estimated that almost 40% of all active sites in the world use WordPress. If we look only at sites that use some of the CMS, the share of WordPress grows to over 60%. Among the companies that use it, there are really well-known names, although some use it only for a blog, while others have a complete site created in WordPress. Among them are: Sony, IBM, UPS, Microsoft… Interestingly, WP also runs the site Whitehouse.gov.
Why is WordPress so popular?
It’s not hard to see why WP is so popular. It is a platform that allows you to create sites in a very simple way, and at the same time offers incredible flexibility, so it is suitable for both beginners and professionals with specific requirements.
Another important factor is the price. Namely, WordPress is free, and there are a large number of plug-ins to upgrade the functionality of the site, which are also free. Of course, there are add-ons that are paid, although the most common concept is that the basic form of the add-on is free, and that the full functionality is “unlocked” by payment. Speaking of plugins, WordPress is an Open Source project and has a huge community, so it’s clear why there are more than 55,000 plugins. The community is the most important factor of the whole project, because it not only “produced” all the mentioned add-ons, but also provides help to everyone who has a problem, so there are almost no challenges that you cannot solve with the information available on the Internet.
In three steps to the WordPress site
Although WordPress follows the voice that it is easy to use, one can often hear “I’m not sure if I can, I’ve never made a site.” In order to further facilitate the creation of the site, some hosting companies offer special tools within their packages. This powerful tool not only helps during installation, but also performs security checks and speeds up the site.
Still not sure if you can create a WordPress site yourself? Why not give it a try? You need a domain name anyway, whether the site is run by you or paid for by someone else.
It’s all great, but I’m not a web designer
With WordPress you don’t have to be a designer. There are thousands of different themes available, both free and paid, so you can use one that fits the concept of your site and your vision. Some of the better themes offer a very simple adjustment of colors and arrangement of elements, so the modification is done without knowledge of programming.
Once you’ve mastered the first steps, you may want to commercialize your site. Another important “ingredient” of WordPress is WooCommerce. It is an e-commerce platform, ie an add-on that turns your site into an online store. The popularity and power of this add-on is best illustrated by the fact that out of one million of the world’s largest trade sites, as many as 22% use WooCommerce.
A young man in full force
WordPress did not wait for adulthood to mature. For years, it has been a serious and powerful platform, which not only makes it easy to create sites, but also offers the opportunity for a nice profit, by offering other users the add-on you made. And it all starts with the first step – creating a site in WordPress. It’s time to dump her.