What is WordPress and why is it so popular?
FACT: WordPress is one of the most widely used and popular blogging platforms available despite the numerous alternatives available. This fact is based on the recent poll of 100 of the most popular blogs conducted and released by Pingdom, a company that runs service tests for website uptime.
The survey found that 48% of bloggers use WordPress as their preferred platform. They also commented on the systemís importance and usefulness as a powerful content management system (CMS). Of the 48% surveyed, 39% of them use WordPress software in-house, while others use the hosted service at WordPress.com.
Many other surveys have yielded similar results as well. W3Techs, an Internet- based survey company, also recently released the results of its own poll, which showed that 54% of its website-respondents use WordPress as their preferred site building platform.
Bottom line, WordPress is currently the most popular system among thousands of users from all around the world and is considered one of the most functional and easy to use platforms available today. Its users range from individuals running small websites to large companies and organizations running massive portals. With an astounding amount of existing website owners making the switch to this powerful platform every day.
Contrary to popular belief WordPress is more than a blogging platform.
As I mentioned earlier, it is also a powerful content management system (CMS) enabling its users to easily customize the look and function of their websites with relative ease. It’s ease of use makes it an extremely functional tool that can be used to design website virtually any type of according to user specific preferences.
Another thing that makes WordPress so popular is that there are thousands of ready-made themes and plug-ins available to help make building a site with it much easier than with other web design software.
Ultimately making it the go to tool when it comes to design flex ability and functionality.
Many WordPress competitors have been steadily losing their hold on top spots of blogging platform surveys for the last several years. For instance, Movable Type, the second most popular blogging platform after WordPress based on the 2012 list, was the blog of choice of only seven bloggers from 12 (preceding survey of Pingdom).
TypePad (another blogging platform) was used by only two blogs from 16 in 2009. Newer competitors are slowly gaining popularity, though there is no clear indication that they can be at par with the system. Drupal, which started in 2001, and Tumblr, introduced in 2007, are among those. There are many other blogging platforms with insignificant numbers of users.
Of course, the founder of WordPress was very pleased with the survey results and expressed no surprise about the findings. Matt Mullenweg remains confident that the rise in the popularity of this powerful system as a blogging and site building platform is expected to continue for many years to come.
In fact with the growing social media marketing trend more and more businesses are currently starting blogs to complement their existing websites to help facilitate consumer interaction, with many of them making the switch to the WordPress platform completely.
With its ease of use and so many powerful features there is little doubt that WordPress will remain superior to other platforms developed and offered by competitors making it an excellent choice for anyone looking to develop their own fully functional and user-friendly website.
Bottom line, if you’re using WordPress to build and manage your website yet then you owe it to yourself to check it out as soon as possible. You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve.