What is a CMS?
What actually stays behind the abbreviation CMS is a Content Management System. Basically, this is software that helps users to create and manage a website without the need for deep technical skills.
One of the most popular and powerful CMS on the market is WordPress. It is used to build websites and allows its administrators to easily manage the looks, functions, and performance. The language which it’s written on is PHP, and it's using MySQL/MariaDB.
WordPress works via a template system which you choose in the beginning, and then you add plugins that enable additional functions by your choice.
WordPress CMS Advantages
It is widespread
Over the years WordPress became one of the most widespread content management systems worldwide. It powers 34% of all websites on the internet and its market share across the CMS is 60.8%. That's a staggering amount and for sure it will continue growing as it is one of the most preferable ways to build a website for many business owners.
Many companies, regardless of their size, are using this CMS to build themselves websites. Here I will mention some of the largest, so you can get an idea of how powerful the system is and to ascertain that it has no limits:
- The New Yorker
- Tech Church
- BBC America
- Bloomberg Professional
- Sony Music
It is Open-source
WP is an open-source CMS!
Open source is a type of software with a conceptual approach in the design, development, and distribution of software that allows free access to source code - anyone can change the source code in question, the program is free and all knowledge and experience are shared. It is possible to redistribute all simulated versions.
It’s easy to design
This is an intuitive platform that allows you to create and design websites by your taste. Two are the most important components, and they are: Theme you choose and all the Plugins that you decide to install, which will enable additional functions you want to add to the site.
One of the most critical decisions when creating a WordPress website is what theme you will install. Choose a highly customizable WP theme that will allow you to easily make changes to the look of your site. There are several ways you can modify your theme, so your site matches your taste without any programming.
One of the easiest ways to directly implement changes on your WP theme is by using the Customizer which is a native tool that admins use to modify the basic styling on their active theme without any changes to the underlying code.
Other components that give you the ability to modify the design elements on your website are the Plugins. They also allow you to handle Its performance, SEO, and other important functionalities. Page builders are handy tools when it comes to the customization of pages. They are used for enhancing the existing WP pages and post interface, making it easier for you to change the layout of the website.
Free themes and plugins
There are many free themes and plugins which you can use, most of them have paid extensions, but their basic features are free and completely functional.
Another great thing about WP is that it has community-based Support Forums where you can ask your questions and find their answers. People are helping each other and this makes a great difference. Shared knowledge and resources are at the core of the Open Source Community.
As with everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages and here I will mention some of the drawbacks which using WP brings.
You need to install a lot of plugins, so you can add all functionalities you may need.
It is of high importance to update both the plugins and the theme frequently in order to protect your website from vulnerabilities that may occur.
Due to the installation of so many plugins the speed of the site can be slow which can be optimized with frequent review of all plugins and uninstallation of those that are no more in use.
But of course with consistent work on your website and attention to the details you can minimize all those negatives and take advantage of all other positive aspects of using this CMS.
You can read more about how to speed up your WP and reduce those disadvantages as possible in our article “8 easy steps to speed up your WordPress website in 2020”
What type of websites is WordPress suitable for?
The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to customize with WP and the variety of websites built with the help of the platform is tremendous. I will mention some of the most popular sites the system is used for:
WordPress as a CMS is here to stay and in the future, there will be even bigger growth in the use and popularity of this system. The WP community grows with every installation made. No matter if you prefer it for the easy-to-navigate interface or because of the Open Source Project you’d better stay well-informed with all novations and apply recent updates.
There is no better way to experience the power of WordPress than installing and using it yourself.
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