WordPress first appeared in 2003 “with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day”
The Initial release (0.7) was the only main version that wasn’t named after a Jazz musician. Fun Fact – it wasn’t until Version 2.7 that legendary Saxophonist John Coltrane was given the codename.
Since those early and slightly clumsy interface days, WordPress is now used to run almost 1/4 of the internet websites “As of February 2016, WordPress is used by 59.1% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 25.8% of all websites”
With so many websites using WordPress, you might ask “Why is it so?”
Some of the reasons why WordPress is so loved include:
- It’s Free – WordPress is Open Source and Free to use with no hidden monthly fees.
- Simplicity – If you can use MS Word or any other word processor, chances are you can use WordPress.
- Flexibility – No matter what sort of website you want, WordPress can handle your requirements.
- Publishing Tools – WordPress makes it easy for you to blog and create new content.
- User Management – If you have staff, you can create accounts for them to login and make changes.
- Media Management – You can easily upload images, audio and video to any WordPress page.
- SEO – WordPress is great for SEO.
- Standards Compliance – WordPress generated code is in full compliance with the standards set by the W3C.
- WordPress Updates – WordPress is constantly updated to patch any vulnerabilities or exploits found.
So if your website isn’t currently on WordPress, it might be a good time to switch over.