The Three Main Reasons WordPress is So Popular
WordPress has taken the Internet by storm since its initial release sixteen years ago. Today, almost half of the World’s websites use WordPress in one form or another. So, how did WordPress become so ubiquitins? What are the main features that propelled it over its competitors? What can expect if you joined the millions of people who are using it to get their projects done? This article will introduce you to WordPress’s main features, which are the reason for its success.
#1 Ease of Use
How easy WordPress is to use by nontechnical persons is probably one of the biggest advantages WordPress has. Even if you’re going to hire a sixty-year-old grandma who has only used the computer a couple of times in her lifetime, you can probably teach her to use WordPress to post content.
This coupled with the fact WordPress has excellent support for access and privileges for different types of users, it makes it an excellent platform to use if you are developing a website for a small business or a less technically competent team.
WordPress was created with extendibility in mind. Almost every single aspect of WordPress can be customized and expanded upon. The way you write your front end is customizable: you can use traditional HTML, CSS, JS and even cutting edge frameworks like React on your front end. Not to mention, the way plugins are written, they have a lot of power over every aspect of the website creation process and can change WordPress to an unrecognizable degree. This means that a lot of communities with varying needs and use-cases can make use of WordPress for their projects, and they only need to download and install the plugins relevant to them. This makes core WordPress extremely fast, and due to its modularity, you won’t need to be bogged down by a lot of unnecessary features.
#3 Large Community
This is a sort of self-strengthening cycle: due to its two main features, WordPress gained some popularity and a growing community, and due to how active the community was, more people started gathering around the product, and this again encouraged more activity and so forth. The main difference between WordPress’s community and another is the fact that the WordPress community actually had some creative outlets. The extendibility and the robustness of the platform helped the community start developing themes and plugins for the platform from the early days. Now, we have thousands of plugins and thousands of themes being released each year, and most of them provide some sort of value to some users. Not only a community, but whole industries started building around WordPress. For example, there are a lot of agencies that provide Sketch to WordPress conversion services that allow designers to turn their designs into functional websites, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.