A Look at WordPress
WordPress is a major website creation and blogging platform and, since it is about to turn 15 years old, there is plenty to learn about it. Over its decade and a half of existence, it has gone from strength to strength and has turned blogging into a mainstream past time.
Although WordPress started out simply as a blogging website builder, it is now a major website creation tool that powers almost 30% of all the internet’s websites.
Interestingly enough, all of WordPress’ major updates and versions are named after famous jazz musicians. Why?
Because, simply enough, the main developers share a love of jazz music and they name the versions after their favourite jazz musicians. To date, they have used over 34 different jazz musicians’ names, including Charles Mingus, Billy Tipton and Miles Davis.
WordPress is available in over 72 different languages, although it is primarily used in English. It has been fully translated, and the buck does not stop at WordPress itself. Lots of popular plugins are available in multiple languages too.
WordPress themes are a major market and, although there are lots of free themes built in, theme developers can make a living making WordPress themes and selling them on the market. There are over 40,000 different WordPress themes and templates, and on a website called ThemeForest over $300 million has been spent on themes.
So, now that you’ve learned some interesting facts about WordPress, why should you choose WordPress to create your website or store?
Why Should I Choose WordPress?
In our modern and digitally connected world, virtually every business has an online presence. It is not just businesses though, even individuals have their own websites. Websites are a must have now; you cannot exist in our world without one. You are definitely going to need a website for your business or brand if you want to thrive in the modern days.
A website can be used for almost anything: a store, a portfolio, or just an information page. It is a place where you can connect with your customers and target market, and share things with your audience. If you have a website, you should also accompany it with a blog where you can post updates, press releases and information about your brand.
This is important because it is a primary means of engaging with your customers, potential customers and target market. It is very important to engage with them in order to drive up sales and look like a trustworthy brand. If you have a blog, more people are going to be interested in you.
This is where WordPress comes in. Although it started out as a simple blogging platform, it now powers nearly a third of the internet’s websites across all industries. News websites, university websites, celebrity websites and even online stores all use WordPress to power their websites.
What makes WordPress so popular is that it is easy to use and very intuitive. You do not need to know any programming languages or code; you just download the software and install it to your website. It only takes around five minutes until you’re ready to go. In fact, there are many excellent WordPress hosting products that come with WordPress pre-installed and, in the majority of cases, update it automatically.
It doesn’t get much better than that!
It is super flexible, and there are thousands of themes available from the get-go which you can use to start personalizing your website. If you fancy it, you can even learn some PHP and MySQL programming to better your WordPress experience and develop your own themes and plugins. And since WordPress itself and many of its themes are plugins are open source, with some scripting power you can make custom modifications to existing elements of the platform.
Even with no coding knowledge whatsoever, though, WordPress allows you to do anything you can think of. With thousands of themes and plugins available for free, it is a super powerful website creation tool.
Want to learn more about WordPress? Check out our infographic below.
Infographics URL: https://websitebuilder.org/Facts-You-Need-to-Know-About-WooCommerce