Choosing a Content Management System for your website is an important decision. Once you choose a platform for your site, you tend to stick with it, because the time and energy it takes to learn how to use a new platform makes us resistant to switching. The larger a site grows, the more difficult it is to port all the information already on the site and in the database. If it is relatively easy to craft solutions on a given platform, that will also make developers choose a particular platform.
I’ve been using WordPress for a while now, and there are several reasons I will continue to use and recommend it for most websites. The core files are open-source, meaning that the basic platform doesn’t cost anything. Open source also means that many talented people in the web development community work on constantly improving it, sharing their knowledge and time. Like other open source software, WordPress has a huge community and knowledge base. In addition to the WordPress Codex and forums, there are literally thousands of websites where people share code and how they solved certain problems with it. Since WordPress is now powering about 20% of the websites in existence, there is a deeper pool of documentation for it than some other CMS’.
Part of the reason WordPress has grown so popular over the last decade is its functionality has grown from simple blogging software to being capable of powering enterprise sized sites. Since the core files are always evolving, there is very little it cannot do. Why I enjoy working with it is that it is fairly easy to teach non-tech savvy clients how to use and maintain their site on their own. It shouldn’t be difficult for regular business owners to make changes or publish content, and WordPress succeeds at making that painless.
As a developer, I enjoy being able to build a system that has powerful functionality on the inside, and is easy to work with on the outside. There are thousands of plugins and themes in the wild that add functionality to a WordPress site, making it possible to find solutions to common problems. In almost every project I have ever been involved with, I have used plugins in a unique way to solve a problem for that specific client. WordPress is very extensible–building a unique theme or template for a specific client is not uncommon.
Today, WordPress powers e-commerce sites, business websites, and some of the largest sites in the world. Why use WordPress? I can think of very few reasons not to.