What is WordPress?
WordPress started as a simple blogging platform. Since then, it has evolved to be the most popular CMS in the world. WordPress now has a 60% of the CMSs market share and more than 18 million installations. What makes it so popular is its incredible flexibility and ability to embrace almost all business or personal needs.
Technical knowledge needed
WordPress has a huge community, offers a lot out of the box and is extremely easy and simple to use for the organization’s content creators. The beauty of WordPress is that any entity can use it: Students, hobbyists, freelancers, large enterprises. The New York Times, Best Buy, CNN, eBay, UPS, Reuters, et al. People with no technical skills are able to use WordPress. However, you will need professional help for more complex projects.
Ability to customize
WordPress can be used and customized for almost any use case. There is close to no limit in regards to customisability. You can create whatever you imagine in this CMS. WordPress currently have 18,000 extensions and 14,000 free design templates. If they don’t do the trick, you can always find an agency to create the custom design and logic you’re searching for.
WordPress is capable of handling both smaller projects and larger enterprise platforms. It is a highly customizable CMS and is able to scale with your organisation’s needs. It is however not great at managing thousands of products and pages at bulk, without having technical knowledge. The backend/interface that editors use in WordPress tends to make it slow to work with really large amounts of data.
It uses technologies such as PHP and MySQL. The diagram bellow asserts that 79% of all websites whose server-side programming language we know use PHP as most of the CMSs listed in this archive. It means that there are plenty of programmers that can work with WordPress and it may be cheaper, compared to Java programmers, for instance.
Lots of agencies and freelancers are specialized in WordPress and can be relied on to help you with any technical issues. If you build your website yourself, you will be able to find help in the CMS’s large community.
The performance of the platform is usually affected by the number of plugins used. Through time, WordPress has shown that it can handle websites with millions of monthly visitors and thousands of pages. Depending on your server’s capacity, this choice can affect the overall performance.
Being as popular as WordPress can reveal some weaknesses: it is a common target for malicious attacks. However, the security of the website depends entirely on each administrator. There are some best practices to implement: keep the software, plug-ins, and themes updated, use strong passwords, TLS certificates or two-factor authentication when possible.
The cost completely depends on the size of the project, and who builds it. Compared to other CMS’s the price of a WordPress website is medium ranging anywhere from 20,000 DKK to millions depending on the scale. TCO is fairly lower than other CMSs‘, as there are typically very few subscription fees. Because of WordPress’s immense popularity, finding developers to help with future support, will be both easy and cheap.
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