You maybe wondering why so many people are choosing WordPress.
Here’s what I learned about WordPress:
- WordPress is the number one Content Management System in the world according to Google Trends
- As of 2011, estimates are that 25% of all websites are published with WordPress.
- As of March 2012, WordPress is on 72.4 million sites in the world. WordPress.com hosts about half of them. Currently there are nearly 15 million WordPress software downloads.
But that’s not why WordPress for me. While it’s safe and comfortable being with the majority in many things, I was looking for a tool that provides collaboration for contributors to leverage the benefits of social media, without it’s drawbacks. Like millions, I tried static web solutions like IIS/FrontPage (until Microsoft Office discontinued FrontPage), Myspace, Spaceslive, Freewebs, etc looking for an effective tool. I even ventured both cloud shared-host and self-hosted environments, maintaining a personal linux server, my own IP address and domain, but all these solutions took me further away from my goal of publishing easily.
The search to find a well supported, popular content management system lead me to WordPress. Several like-minded friends also discovered WordPress and shared their testimonials with me. While I was discouraged by the defamed reputation of blogs supposed inferiority, I researched blog trends and adoption rates for both individuals, as well as corporations. I became convinced that WordPress was the publishing tool of choice.
WordPress authors can easily use the visual editor so they can stay writers and not need to become HTML coders. Though for me the best selling feature of WordPress is its superior administrative backend which allows multiple authors to be granted specific rights as followers, authors, contributors, editors and administrators. It’s this granularity of roles and capabilities which allows editorial and administrative control while still allowing ease of use by the authors and contributors. This is what I was looking for.
Now a whole community of can contribute and one or many editors and administrators can manage the environment as the site grows, you don’t outgrow the platform. A single site as large as GE, NASA, the NFL and Ford are in the WordPress showcase. WordPress even has a Multisite solution, WordPressMS that WordPress.com, DreamHost and other shared hosting platforms support. More than 32 million users are supported on WordPress.com on a single installation of WordPressMS, that’s the power of blogs.
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