Over the past years, WordPress has slowly but surely grown from a powerful blogging platform into even more powerful content management system. Though it only started out as a way to improve blogging experience, the various plug-in and themes present in it have made it a very successful and a widely used content management system.
The Internet holds over billion websites as of today and out of this big mix, the number of active websites is no less than 644 million. Surprisingly, 30% of the websites in the world are actually powered by WordPress. WordPress is reliable and has trusted tool that people use, and it’s a perfect choice if you’d like to start your very own website. Even if you’re running low on creativity or inspiration about design, the refined UI, plug-in, widgets, streamlined dashboards and an array of new features will help you to build your new website exactly the way you imagined.
Here are some astonishing facts about WordPress.
1. WordPress is the most popular Content Management System in the World. Nearly 30% of all the websites are powered by WordPress than any other content management system in the world. In fact, WordPress powers 4.5% of the entire internet and somewhere between 50% – 60% of websites that use a CMS are built on WordPress.
2. Even high profile brands are using WordPress. So many big brands are using WordPress. It may be surprising that an open source CMS has such a high number of high profile users from various businesses. CNN’s blogs are built on WordPress. Some high profiles are People Magazine, The Rolling Stones, Vogue, MTV News, Facebook and NASA, among lots of others.
3. WordPress is not just a blogging platform. WordPress got started as a blogging platform, but somewhere developers realized that they could do much more with it. At present, WordPress is almost behind everything from e-commerce sites to online courses. No matter what type of website you want to create, a basic website for a local business or a huge online store selling thousands of products, all can be done with WordPress.
4. Plugins lets you add a number of functions to WordPress. WordPress lets you extend what it can do through the use of plugins. There are both free and paid plugins out there that can do virtually anything you might want to without the need to write code from scratch. There are approximately 45,000+ free plugins in the official WordPress directory and it doesn’t include all the premium plugins that can add even more functionality to your sites.
5. WordPress skills are useful for non-technical people. Developers aren’t the only tech pros out there who need WordPress skills. WordPress is such a great tool for setting up an online business and entrepreneurs can seriously benefit from knowing WordPress by creating online stores, landing pages, and more. Marketers can also make use of WordPress skills and use it to create landing pages and for publishing blog posts.
6. WordPress can also be used for Intranet sites. There are numbers of plugins out there that can extend WordPress’s functionality, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that some of those plugins are perfect for web-development functionality that companies need. Things like customer relationship management software, Issue tracking, and even all in one intranet is possible with WordPress.
7. You can use it for membership sites. It’s easy to set up a members-only site with WordPress plugins. There are dozens of members-only site plugins available, some free and some paid. You can use these membership plugins to create site with premium content, gated online communities, and more. Use them to create paid or free membership sites.
8. WordPress is totally free of cost. WordPress is free of cost and open source. You never have to pay a dime for WordPress except for those premium themes and plugins, and you can make any changes you want to the site’s code. You can use WordPress for whatever kind of site you want, and as many sites as you want, without purchasing additional licenses.
9. There are so many jobs you can get with WordPress skills. If you want to work as an employee, you can find jobs working with WordPress at creative organizations that run their sites on WordPress. WordPress skills can help you to be a developer or designer, or in marketing.
10. WordPress is great opportunity for freelancers. In addition to working in agency or corporate jobs, you can freelance as a WordPress expert. There are so many opportunities, you can offer from basic services like site setup and theme customization to go all in with fully customized sites with all sorts of back-end programming. WordPress is also super valuable for bloggers, marketing consultants, SEO consultants, and anyone else who works with sites hosted on WP.
11. You can earn money with WordPress without working with clients. Everyone knows those premium themes and plugins available in WordPress. You can earn money by creating those premium themes and plugins and selling them. Every individual premium theme designers are earning tens of thousands of dollars a month.
12. You can get started with WordPress in no time. Few months are enough to get started as a skilled freelancer. You can start from customizing themes and setting up new WordPress sites in even less time, and then learn how to do even more over time.
13. WordPress websites are easy to manage. WordPress sites are easy to manage, both in terms of maintenance and for a client’s perspective of managing the content on the site. Being released in 2003 WordPress has been around for so long, there is a huge community online.
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