WordPress, since its release in 2003 under GNU General Public License has gained both in terms of market share and user base. Now it is the largest Content Management System with nearly one-fourth of top 10 million websites using WordPress. Apart from the websites, the CMS also powers numerous blogs. These blogs are both associated with a website and stand-alone blog sites.
The journey so far for WordPress
Its initial first version got its public release in 2004. The subsequent version got released in the next year itself. This second version made the WordPress Content Management System firmly cement its position among its CMS competitors. Then afterwards, in 2010 a major update came with the version three. The version after five years was futuristic in all its aspects. The latest version is Dinan, which got released two months back has been securing rave reviews since the release.
Latest tools and features of WordPress
Though the WordPress CMS updates are quite intermittent, the regular flow of plug-ins from many sources are consistently improving the functionality of the Content Management System, and keeps it abreast with all the trends. With regard to its competitors, the WordPress CMS almost always stays a step ahead of them. The latest plug-in to release during the writing of this post is ‘Hello Slider’. It helps make more professional looking, sleek and smooth slides for the websites.
Benefits of WordPress CMS
The pillars of WordPress as far as I go are its ease of use, diverse multi-purpose plug-ins and active support community. Some have an opinion that other major CMS such as Joomla or Drupal have all the features which the plug-ins of WordPress offers. Since they offer these facilities with the basic version itself without the need for plug-ins, they are better than that of WordPress. The availability of templates for almost all purposes and the intuitive menu management option are some other distinct features of WordPress.
Reasons for choosing other CMS
Though at the outset the functionalities of WordPress seemed to be simpler and impose an image as though it can be done without professional training, the further modifications on the line of removing a data field require knowledge of php and some other languages. On the graphics front, its modification requires knowledge of CSS and HTML. Then the security of php scripts and the actual content in the website are not that sophisticated when it comes to security.
It has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, with the advantages more than that of disadvantages according to me. After all, almost of the World uses WordPress! The dynamic nature and at the same being simple to use, adapt makes WordPress stand out amidst the crowd. But before designing a website and choosing a particular CMS, must ponder over his requirements, offering of various CMS and then only choose a CMS instead of directly opting for some market leader.