Why WordPress is the Best Content Management System
A Content Management System (CMS) is a software program that is designed to make managing the content of a website easy – even for people with no HTML or web development experience.
This post quickly explains why WordPress is the best content management system – beating rival systems such as Drupal and Joomla.
What are the best content management systems?
Many CMS started-out to do simple, specific things – but as they evolved over the years they began to merge together to perform, more or less, the same functionality.
Of the free CMS systems used for regular business websites there were (are) three main contenders:
In recent years (particularly since version 3 came out in 2010) a winner has emerged from the pool of contending CMS systems.
That winner is WordPress. The rest of this article explains why…
“I love WordPress and I think as a Content Management System it simply has no equals when it comes to functionality, simplicity, extendibility and customization options” – Sub Hub
WordPress has the largest (and fastest growing) community
As you can see, as of July 2011 – almost 15% of all websites on the Internet are powered by WordPress.
Almost 30% of all websites on the web are powered by some type of CMS – and WordPress sites make up a whopping 54.4% of the CMS market.
These figures are relevant for two reasons:
1. The more people using it, the more people testing it – therefore bugs get spotted and fixed quicker
2. There’s a bigger market for plugin developers and theme designers – therefore WordPress gets better quality themes and plugins
Big Organisations and Corporations (with Big Budgets) still use WordPress
WordPress is not just used by small businesses trying to cut costs. It is also used by some of the worlds largest organisations and corporations.
To mention just a few…
WordPress is the platform of choice in my opinion for the small, medium or large business.
The Quantity and Quality of Available Themes
A theme can also transform the functionality of your website. For example, there are themes for classified ad websites, estate agents, eCommerce stores, job websites, and much more.
The slideshow below (seen earlier) displays more websites all created using WordPress (please note you can make the slideshow go fullscreen by clicking the button on the bottom left).
It is also worth noting the following points:
- all the above themes are available to buy – with an average cost of USD$35
- Not all the websites in the above slideshow are simple brochure sites. there are also shopping cart powered sites, job sites and business directories.
Flexibility & Versatility
WordPress is extremely versatile and can be used to make the following types of website:
- Facebook clone
- Digg Clone
- Customer Relationship Management System
- Twitter clone
- Invoicing system
- Project management system
- Calendar system
- E-commerce website
- Job board
- Classified board
- Real estate listing site
- Business directory
- Auctions website
- Review website
One of the most common questions we get asked is – “can I make an ecommerce store WordPress?”.
- Yes, with WordPress you can have a fully functional web store. WordPress can handle:
- Real products
- Digital / downloadable products
- Tickets / event registration
- Subscription / site access services
- Real time shipping integration
- Payment gateway integration
- Product variations (colors, sizes, types, costs, etc…)
- Quickbooks integration
- Affiliate management
- Custom fields / product types
- Pricing levels
- Wish lists
- Recommend products
- Discount codes
- Stock management
- Import / export capabilities
These capabilities exist in the plugins or through already available plugin extensions. No custom development is required.
WordPress has the Most Plugins
As the amount of people using WordPress exploded, more and more demands were put on the developers to make it do more and more things.
At the same time, many independent software developers, tired of waiting for the improvements they needed, stepped-forward to create the things they wanted themselves.
One of the great things about WordPress is that it was built with this community spirit in mind.
It was easy for developers to write a new function and just plug it in to the main software.
These plugins were then placed online to be freely downloaded by anyone who needed them – who could then “plug them in” to their own websites.
Plugins have been created to perform almost anything you can think of:
- Shopping carts
- Online Booking Systems
- Playing video and audio files
- Complex Registration forms
WordPress is the Most User Friendly
Everything about WordPress is more user-friendly that any competing content management system.
Installing WordPress is easy – just 1 click.
Installing a theme is easy – just 1 click.
Finding and Installing a plugin is easy – just 1 click
Creating and editing pages is easy – just use a simple text editor
In short, everything about using WordPress is easy.
Try doing basic things like creating menus, or adding a blog to drupal to joomla and see for yourself. It’s a nightmare.
WordPress is Great for SEO
‘Out of the box’ WordPress is more SEO friendly than either Joomla or Drupal.
Because WordPress makes it simple to include keywords in your permalinks (URLs) without any plugins or modifications – WordPress wins out over Drupal and Joomla from the get go.
What really sets WordPress apart however is the free SEO plugins available. We recommend the SEO Plugin by Yoast – which makes optimizing your posts and pages for search engines a breeze.
In the lesson on search engine marketing – we explain how to decide which keywords to optimize your pages for. And in the lesson on SEO – we step you through implementing the SEO techniques you will use to out-rank your competitors in the search results.
WordPress is Easy to Update & Updates are Regular
WordPress is constantly being added to and improved.
Unlike many other software systems these updates are released every few weeks and, generally, only make small incremental improvements to how you manage your website.
Other software systems often hold these little changes back until there are lots ready to be released at once. These big releases often have dramatic changes on how the software works and sometimes cause problems for website owners.
Every Year, WordPress Wins the Most Awards
Most recently (at the time of writing), WordPress won yet another trophy with a 2011 bOSSie award by InfoWorld within the Best Open Source Applications category.
There may be broader open source packages out there for Web content management — Joomla! and Drupal both come to mind — but absolutely nothing has come close to WordPress for its sheer out-of-the-box utility. Install it, drop in one of hundreds of ready-made site templates, add any number of powerful and useful plug-ins for customizing WordPress’s behavior, such as calendars, image galleries, Amazon.com affiliate links, and you’re set. WordPress even updates itself at the press of a button, which is something competitor Movable Type still doesn’t do even well into its fifth major point revision.
In the 2010 Open Source awards, WordPress won a special ‘Hall of Fame CMS’ award for outstanding software that have won the open source award in the past.
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