One of the most common questions we get asked here at Presto Website Design is "What is WordPress?" In this blog post I am going to explain exactly what WordPress is and why you may want to consider using it to build your business website.
Content Management System (CMS)
WordPress is what's called a Content Management System (or CMS for short.) A CMS is a as its core a system of software used to manage content and author websites. You can create, store, manage, and search an archive of content with a CMS. Despite popular confusion, a CMS is not a website builder tool. Content Management Systems are more complex to use and take years to fully master in terms of knowledge.
Most websites on the net run on a CMS instead of a site builder according to W3Techs. WordPress is the most popular CMS option out there with nearly 35% of websites on the internet running on WordPress.
The History of WordPress
WordPress was created in 2003, and has been around for almost 20 years at this point. The creator, Matt Mullenweg, was a college student who started using a blogging system for personal use. He basically modified the code for an existing blogging system and improved it to create WordPress. The first official version of WordPress was released on May 27th, 2003.
The Cost Of Using WordPress
WordPress is free and open source. Anyone can use, study, change, and redistribute its source code. WordPress is a project managed by a group of developers, users, and supporters who wanted to build a platform to benefit users who wanted to start a blog or website for free (or little cost.) Anyone can download and set up WordPress on their web server to get a website going within minutes. WordPress is super easy to install, and many web hosting companies have an option in your control panel for you to one click install WordPress.
Is WordPress A Good Option For Me...?
WordPress is an awesome option for anyone looking to build a serious website. WordPress is very powerful and is an excellent "backbone" for any website design project.
Here at Presto Website Design, we build almost 90% of our websites using WordPress as a backbone. WordPress makes it easy for our clients to go in and do any edits or changes they may want to make to their website after we finish building it. WordPress is very stable and has tons of functionality, with more options being published every day in the form of plugins and themes. With over 35% of websites on the internet currently running WordPress, it is understandable why most people would consider WordPress for a solid website design that works well for them in the long run.
What Kind Of Sites Can I Make With WordPress...?
You can make almost any kind of website using WordPress. There are plugins that allow you to create forums, eCommerce stores, blogs, membership sites, etc. Even social networks are able to easily be created with WordPress. If you can think of it, it can be done with WordPress. Because anyone can edit the code for WordPress, theoretically any kind of website can therefore be built.
What Websites Already Use WordPress...?
Our website you are on right now is built on WordPress. Most of the websites on our Portfolio page were built using WordPress as well.
Here are a list of some of the websites you probably know or have heard of that use WordPress:
1. The Whitehouse
That's right, whitehouse.gov is powered using WordPress!
Microsoft uses WordPress to power their official blog page on their website.
3. The Rolling Stones
Lots of bands use WordPress as well! Their entire website is powered by WordPress alone.
4. Sony Music
Yes - Sony's official music website runs on WordPress.
5. The Walt Disney Company
Disney's official company website is hosted on WordPress.
Getting Support For WordPress
It is easy to find good support to get help with your WordPress website. Because WordPress is very popular and widely used, you can find guides, how tos, and tutorials on a plethora of different types of websites including blogs, forums, YouTube videos, Facebook groups, etc. Having your own website designer also helps as you don't have to worry about support on your own. WordPress is very stable and the only issues you will occasionally run into are bugs with third party plugins or themes.
New versions of WordPress are released every so often, patching any bugs or glitches with the CMS. The official WordPress support team hosts weekly meetings every Thursday to tackle any and all issues with the software as well as to discuss potential new features worth adding.
At the end of the day, WordPress is an excellent option for anyone looking to build an excellent website for their brand or business. With a ton of features, solid functionality, tons of support, and the easy installation process, WordPress is one of the best Content Management Systems for anyone looking to get started online.