WordPress is a highly favored content management system (CMS) among many different CMS platforms. It is also known as a website builder that allows users to start their own blog, develop and manage personal or professional websites. You can even sell products online. It allows anyone, even those with limited to no web design experience, to build fully featured websites, blogs, or online stores.
With so many CMS options on the market today, you may be considering choices and contemplating its use. Or you may have a new WordPress website but are unsure of all its components and features. It may even be possible that you’ve managed your own website for some time now but need help with managing it to fully leverage all it offers.
If you are new, this information will help get you up to speed on its history, the types of sites you can build on the platform, as well as various components that drive the CMS, and more.
The History of WordPress
Created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, WordPress has come a long way since its first release in 2003 and had been installed on approximately 2,000 blogs by May 2003.
Today, WordPress powers approximately 39.5 percent of all websites online. It is also by far the world’s favorite CMS choice, consisting of a market share of 64.1 percent. Compared to the world’s second most popular CMS, Shopify, with a market share of just 3.2 percent.
In 2004, a small team created Ping-O-Matic to notify popular blog search engines of new posts and updates. Essentially starting the SEO friendly WordPress we know today.
This change, mixed with competitors beginning to charge for their service, prompted thousands to switch to the growing platform. Within one more year, the WordPress software had been downloaded more than 900,000 times. This growth was in part to the many new features the team was adding.
Of course, this is just a high level history. If you’d like to know more about WordPress, I invite you to read a detail history on Wikipedia.
What Can You do with WordPress?
When it comes to the different types of WordPress websites that can be designed and developed with WordPress, there is really no limit. Common types include:
- ecommerce websites
- podcast websites
- job boards
- portfolio websites
- business websites
- and so much more.
Interested in working with me or do you have a question how beneficial WordPress can be? Contact me today. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Usually within 1 business day. If this sounds good, I will be happy to discuss just how easy it is to get you up and running online in very little time.