Whilst initially engineered for ease of blogging, WordPress has rapidly become the go-to platform for content management. It began life in May 27, 2003, when founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little forked the blogging software of b2/cafelog. After several revisions, v3.0 was deemed the most stable, and its estimated 6 million downloads bear witness to its popularity, alongside its default theme known as “Twenty Ten”.
- WordPress is used by more than 18.9% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013 (source).
- There are over 11,000 plugins available in the WordPress plugin library and in excess of 111,000,000 total recorded plugin downloads.
- WordPress comes with two default plugins; one is “Hello Dolly” and the other is Akismet – a spam filter – which catches an average of 18,000,000 spam comments per month.
- WordPress is fully customizable, well supported and has a very large, active user community. Because of its flexibility, WordPress draws a lot of attention from developers, who give back to this community in form of theme and plugin development, helping to make it the ultimate blogging tool.
However, every piece of software has its own set of pros & cons, and WordPress is no different. Due to its popularity, unsecured WordPress sites can often be the target of spammers and hackers. The community that has sprung up around WordPress, though, is quick to solve problems. To quote the Full Circle Design blog:
“Fixes for errors are often released within hours of discovery. People care about whether or not WordPress is doing well… No other CMS has a community as active, responsive and knowledgeable. Anyone can ask a question at any hour of the day and get an answer in a reasonable amount of time. Almost every error and question has already been resolved, and if it hasn’t, there’s plenty of people that will immediately investigate the both the cause of the problem and the proper solution for it.”