WordPress is undoubtably the most used Content Management System in the world for bloggers and business owners. Pretty much anyone and everyone who owns a website is using WordPress for their desired management of content.
Because WordPress is simply… amazing!
And, to even be asked the question, “is WordPress dead?”, is one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever heard since building with it, making clients happy with it and using it in general.
So, the answer is NO, WordPress is not dead. It’s alive and still making the internet a better place. Here’s how I see it, if WordPress is dead, blogging is dead.
Did you know, 74.6 million websites depend on WordPress for their website, whether it be a business or blogging website.
The thing is, WordPress can do pretty much anything you want it too, with, or without knowledge of coding languages, why?
- Plugins – WordPress comes with a plugin library with a quantity of 54,274 (and that’s off this second me writing this post), that allow you to extend WordPress’s core functionality.
- Widgets – WordPress comes with a pre-built section of widgets that allow you to perform specific functions, like displaying posts and menu’s anywhere on your site.
But that’s not all there is too it. Automattic (the company who created WordPress) are constantly working on new ways to improve the system with security updates, function extendability, usability, user interface and customisation. It’s a developers playground.
Of course, like any other platform there are some issues. In which, WordPress has a support forum for all users, whether you’re a blogger or a developer.
There are always going to be more pro’s than con’s with WordPress, because of way it’s constantly updated to evolve along with the internets standards – which it goes above and beyond.
The main thing about WordPress is that it’s open-source and anyone can use and edit its core files. With this, you’re free to use WordPress without having to pay for a single license fee.
Automattic created two versions of WordPress:
- WordPress.org – this public version allows you to download and self-host your WordPress site, for free.
- WordPress.com – this commercial version allows you to create a WordPress-hosted website via WordPress themselves, at a price.
For developers and site owners though, WordPress.org will always be the way forward as it gives you the most flexibility.
There are 50 employee’s working on improving security for WordPress, every single day. Which means, it’s pretty much impossible.
Obviously, along with any website there lies risk of intrusion – but that’s the whole point of their security team working round the clock to help keep our data and website’s secure.
If you’re not satisfied with WordPress’s core security, then there are a handful of plugins that will extend the security functionality. Namely:
All of the above have pretty much the same functionality, but all with the same intention – keep your site secure.
Designed for YOU
Before WordPress became free-source, WordPress.com was for simply for bloggers – so the user interface is easy to use and read.
The good thing about WordPress was that it was specifically built for you, not specifically to bloggers or developers. Everyone who is anyone can use it.
As WordPress is a free open-source software, you’ll need to to host the website yourself and buy a domain. Effectively, WordPress is cheaper to maintain than many other CMS providers like Drupal and Joomla, and the commercial version of WordPress.
You can do the math, but domain + hosting = CHEAP.
There are systems out there that cap your SEO efforts, namely Wix – in which, decrease the chance of a successful ranking in search results. If you’re an SEO and looking to encompass SEO into your website, then WordPress is your answer.
With WordPress coming with pre-built permalink and other SEO features, you can also extend on them using plugins. You can use a plugin like Yoast SEO to edit your meta data, OG and social data, sitemaps, breadcrumbs, etc.
Everything that an SEO will need to configure for on-page optimisation, you can do with WordPress and Yoast SEO.
WordPress comes with a library of professional designed themes, some free and some of charge. Did I mention there’s thousands? And even if they aren’t in the WordPress library, there are third party sites that have theme libraries too.
On this note, WordPress themes are a developer’s playground – literally.
You can build pretty much anything into your WordPress theme, with the help of a plugin or hard-coding it yourself. The possibilities are endless. Let’s take a look at this site for example, how gorgeous is that mega-nav? Powered by WordPress, developed by a genius.
I think that pretty much sums it up, WordPress is not dead and won’t be anytime soon. With Automattic constantly updating and upgrading the functionality, it seems like a rapidly-evolving CMS, that will never die out.