Platforms and programming
languages come and go. Working on the last article about
the top 10 most popular programming languages in 2018
got me thinking about how fast the changes happening on
the World Wide Web really are.
Despite the many changes,
however, many sites still turn to WordPress as their CMS
platform of choice. It is a flexible platform that is
currently used by more than 50% of websites from around
the world. So, why use WordPress in 2018?
More Accessible Than Ever
WordPress remains one of the most
accessible CMS platforms you can use today. The way the platform is
designed allows designers, developers, and even those with no prior
experience in developing a site, access to a wealth of features and
the ability to create a site in no time at all. In fact, WordPress
creating a website something you can do in a matter of minutes.
The ease of use doesn’t stop there.
The use of plugins and themes means you have complete control over
the look and functionalities of the site, all without needing to
know how to code or having to dig deep into the WordPress Core. The
right theme, for instance, can turn your simple WordPress
installation into a directory site.
SEO and web maintenance are made
easier with the help of WordPress. Once the site is set up, adding
content, managing the site itself, and interacting with visitors are
all very easy to do. There is no need to get familiar with
complicated admin interface or tools that are difficult to use; the
left admin menu will take you to the function you need right away.
WordPress is also set up for maximum
flexibility. There is no site that you cannot develop with WordPress
at its core. I have seen a
wide range of websites powered by WordPress. Big news outlets
use WordPress. Complex web apps use WordPress to offer the best user
experience. Even sites that offer custom features and ecommerce
outlets are built on top of WordPress.
It is THAT flexible. When you cannot
find a plugin that offers a specific function that you need, for
instance, you have the option to develop your own. Hooks and calls
also make developing custom functions and other elements easier.
Platform to Last
The biggest strength of WordPress,
however, is its community of users and developers. This is a widely
used CMS platform; there is always someone to help you whenever you
run into issues with your WordPress site.
Bugs get reported – and solved –
Security patches and alerts are circulated through user forums
frequently too. The more you get involved with the WordPress
community, the more you will find managing your site, adding new
features to it, and taking it to success to be very easy to do.
So, why use WordPress in 2018? Well,
the simple answer is: because it is an incredible CMS platform that
is here to stay. If you’re thinking about starting a new site,
WordPress is the CMS platform to use.