WordPress – The World Renowned CMS
You probably already know what CMS is. There are many of them, and each webmaster chooses their favorite “Content Management System”. That could be Bitrix, Joomla, DLE, Drupal, Mambo, and many other free CMS platforms. However, WordPress is not just any CMS, according to the latest polls, it is used by almost 60% of webmasters that use CMS. Why do people like it so much? With WordPress you can quickly create your own website without having any knowledge of GNU GPL, MySQL, PHP, or web programming in general.
WordPress has a huge collection of ready-made templates. These templates allow you to use a variation of designs for your future site, to suit your needs without having to edit any code. You can create new pages, manage headings and content, add images, tables, videos, etc. and even use special widgets.
Widget in WordPress is a small tool, which not only adds more functionality to the platform, but it comes with its own user interface (with buttons, tabs, windows, etc.). The widget does not extend functionality of WordPress itself. It works independently, but within the design structure of your WordPress template.
Of course, if you have the basics of HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL, you can achieve a much greater flexibility in terms of design and functionality of your WordPress site. Even if those who aren’t interested in learning the boring science of coding can make their own site. Moreover, your site will not look like one of those outdated sites with poor design – WordPress allows you to create everything on a professional level.
On the other hand, if you think that WordPress only suits amateurs, then you are deeply mistaken. You will instantly change your mind by looking at sites & templates like LadyVox, Listable or Legenda. These are all made as wordpress templates that you can use!
WordPress Historical Facts
The first version of WordPress was created in 2003. As an offshoot of a totally different project, the initial code was written by Matt Mullenweg, a programmer from Houston, Texas. First and foremost, WordPress was mainly focused on creating personal blogs – to allow people to log whatever they want and have the ability to interact with other readers through comments.
Although initially WordPress was not built as a CMS platform, but rather a blogging solution – it acquired numerous CMS awards over the years:
2007 – Won at Packt (Open Source CMS Award)
2009 – Best Open Source CMS Award
2010 – Open Source CMS Hall of Fame award
2011 – Open Source Web App of the Year Award at The Critters
After the initial release as a blogging solution, further development allowed WordPress to expand its functionality (don’t forget that it’s a free platform) through the help of many contributing coders. At this time you can build practically anything with WordPress – a blog, a catalog, a directory, an online store. In order to install WordPress, you only have to pay for hosting and domain. Everything else – plugins, themes, scripts and other software is available for free on the official WordPress site. Please note, however, that there are premium themes and plugins (like the examples above) that are not available on the free WordPress directory and must be purchased separately.