Here are some reasons why I like WordPress. WordPress is a blogging and content management platform that is incredibly popular, versatile, and relatively easy to use.
It is an open source project and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people around the world working to improve and extend it. You are free to use it for any type of website you want to have.
The WordPress project has as its goal:
to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
The WordPress team does a good job of keeping that goal in sight. Each new version of WordPress is better and more refined than the previous one. There is a lot of attention to keeping the platform easy to use, stable, and accessible to people who want to have a website but are not necessarily developers.
There are a few things that struck me as big positives about WordPress:
- When you download WordPress you are getting the same software that is used to power one of the top 100 websites in the world.*
- There are thousands of free themes and plugins available in the WordPress repository. Using a WordPress theme you can customize the look and feel of your site. Plugins can change or extend the functionality and features of your website.
- You can update WordPress from within the admin dashboard. This means that you don’t necessarily have to have an IT guru on hand in order to keep your site up to date.
- WordPress runs on PHP and MySQL. PHP and MySQL are available on the vast majority of hosting platforms, making it easy to host your site.
* As of March 24th 2014 WordPress was the 18th busiest site based on visitors and page views. You can see a daily ranking here.