When WordPress was launched in 2003, website designers and developers (a relatively small fraternity back then) welcomed it as a simple and easy-to-use blogging platform. What happened in the years following is the blogging platform gradually took the shape of a full-spectrum website development and design platform, arguably the most sophisticated in its category. It is quite surprising that designers used to stereotype it as a blogging tool even a few years back and used to have a preference for the likes of Drupal, Joomla and Magento. Fast forward to 2014, and WordPress has the largest share in the web application development and website development market segment. What’s behind the fascinating journey of once-a-blogging-tool to one of the most widely used web development platforms of this time? Let’s explore.
Prepackaged with thousands of standard features
Over the years, WordPress back end has negligibly changed on the face of it. However, the WordPress Foundation and all its associates have been quite relentless during this period in introducing new features and functions to the back-end. New additions to the developer back-end have actually made WordPress a CMS for creating all sorts of websites, and not just for developing blogs.
It’s easy to learn development
Even if you are technophobic and have no intentions to learn the nitty-gritty of web development, WordPress won’t impede the development and design process for you. You can learn more about different functionality features but that’s optional. On the other hand, Drupal and Joomla are easy to start with, but are notoriously complex for advanced web development. WordPress lets designers to design and develop websites without delving into the core technical aspects. Therefore, anybody with little or no technical knowledge can learn web development by using WordPress.
A smorgasbord of themes
WordPress offers a vast multitude of themes. From the most basic themes to the most professional-looking, sophisticated themes, WordPress is a wonder world of web design templates. Anybody with a web designing endeavor can browse through these themes that are arrayed before the fingertips can choose a theme that best suits the distinctive persona of a business. The best part is, many of these themes are completely free of cost.
Plug-ins, plug-ins, plug-ins
Many designers and developers love WordPress solely because of the plug-ins that come preloaded with WordPress. Installing and configuring plug-ins require little or no technical knowledge or prior experience. WordPress prioritizes ease-of-use more than anything else and the easily downloadable plug-ins prove this.
WordPress is an open-source blogging and web development platform; which means developers can source necessary tools and troubleshooting resources from a growing community of developers. Apart from the dedicated support team of WordPress, you can find 24/7 assistance and useful tips and advices on third-party forums that are affiliated to WordPress.
To conclude, WordPress has all the SEO-friendly attributes that have made it a preferred choice for web developers from around the world. The security mechanism of the site is also second to none. No wonder why WP serves as the cornerstone of some of the most stunning websites developed to date.
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