WordPress has carved out quite the market share for itself—more than 25 percent of the web, to be exact—and it’s no accident: There’s a lot to love about the little online publishing platform that could.
We I recently spent some time waxing poetic about WordPress, and we came up with a Letterman-esque Top 10 list. And so, from the home office in Omaha, Nebraska, here are the Top 10 Reasons You Should Be Using WordPress:
10. It’s been around for more than 10 years—just like the printer in your office, only WordPress actually does what it’s supposed to.
9. The extensive support forums feature a huge community of developers and dedicated staff, with questions and answers spanning nearly 10 years. If there’s something you’re trying to do, chances are someone else has already asked about it.
8. Much like a fine wine, WordPress only gets better with age: Its regular release cycles mean it’s constantly evolving and improving.
7. Its parent company, Automattic, prides itself on excellent customer service from a team of representatives it calls “Happiness Engineers.” (Presumably because “merrymakers” wouldn’t be taken seriously.)
6. Even though we all love a good blog, WordPress does more than that: It can also be used as a full-fledged CMS for your content marketing plan.
5. However, there’s a reason people often think “blogs” when they hear WordPress: It’s considered one of the top blogging platforms available today. Sorry, Xanga and LiveJournal.
4. To get super nerdy for a second (no offense, Charlie): the REST API allows WordPress to function as a framework to build single-page applications and do other surprisingly powerful things.
3. Just like a $5 footlong, WordPress is heavily customizable and extendable, thanks to plugins like Advanced Custom Fields that open up endless possibilities for custom functionality.
2. Speaking of plugins, they’re available for nearly every conceivable need. There are probably even plugins for your plugins.
1. WordPress is open-source, meaning Automattic embraces and encourages collaboration, innovation and share-eration. (No, that’s not a word.) And we think that’s pretty cool.