What is WordPress?
WordPress was introduced in May 2003. According to wikipedia, as of January 2015 it is used in 23.3% of the top 10 million websites. WordPress is a Content Management System that separates design from the content of your website. The website design is created using a theme structure implemented with custom written templates. These templates become the design of the website. You may say I can do that with any template driven website provider (ie GoDaddy, Wix). The answer to that is you can’t.
The template driven websites assume there is a template in their system that will fit your needs. Truth is your website is a unique entity, shouldn’t it be built with all the unique qualities and not fit it into a cookie cutter web template.
WordPress has been built on an architecture that allows for developers to easy create custom code that can be “plugged into” the core product without affecting the overall performance of the base WordPress Package. This allows for custom code to be created without spending thousands of dollars for it. You know Apple’s Trademark “There’s an App for That”™ well chances are something you are looking to do on your website “There is a Plug-in for it”. WordPress started out with 1,000 plugins today there are over 39,000 plugins and growing according to Wikipedia. Even if the plug-in doesn’t already exist the framework that WordPress uses makes creating one from scratch easy and cost-effective.
Content is separated from the design. If you know how to use a word processor program you can easily update your WordPress blog. Also if you want to change the look of your website, it is as simple as creating new templates and uploading them and in your appearance options just selecting your new theme and “wa la” your design is updated and your content information was untouched. Your content is dynamic to the look of your website.
WordPress is constantly adding new features and functionality and to stay up to date it is as simple as clicking a button to upgrade to the latest version.
You can add custom widgets anywhere on your website you are not restricted to specific areas like certain template driven web providers.
WordPress is SEO Friendly making it easy to create content and links that comply with Search Engine Optimization Practices.