What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source Content Management System (CMS). Essentially, a simple content editing application that allows you to change, add and delete content on your website very easily and without touching any underlying code. WordPress initially started out as a blogging platform, but has since evolved to become the number one CMS in the world. It powers over 26% of all websites on the internet, and that figure is growing by the hour.
Why We Use WordPress
We’ve been using WordPress to build and manage websites for over 8 years. It has an incredible wealth of features in its default state, but its real power lies in its flexibility and extendability. If you understand it well enough, you can use it to create literally any type of website you can think of. Without going into every detail, these are the main reasons we are loyal WordPress developers:
- Flexibility – As standard, WordPress gives you pages and posts (blog posts) to use for your content and categories and tags to order it all. But it’s also very easy to add your own (and unlimited) types of content and ordering – eg “Products” as a new type of content and then “Colours” and “Sizes” to help with ordering. On top of this, it also allows you to store unlimited “custom fields”, which can act as metadata (data about each “Product”) for your content. This allows you to shape it exactly how you want.
- Simplicity – There’s a reason WordPress has quickly become the leading content management system in the world and a large part of it is down to its ease of use. It gets out of your way and lets you concentrate on your content. As a CMS should.
- Scalability – The team behind WordPress have built it in such a way that it will scale very well and very far before you’re likely to encounter any significant performance issues. This is great for businesses that start small and grow over time. You rarely need to switch software or rebuild a well-built WordPress website.
- Open source software – WordPress is open source software. This means people are free to build upon and improve it as they wish. Developers can then share the code through various forms (including plugins) which helps to further improve the system. Millions of users and thousands of developers ensure the WordPress CMS is a constantly evolving and constantly improving system.