WHAT IS WORDPRESS - FINAL ANSWERBy Evan Redmon | January 29, 2015
WordPress is the framework upon which 25 percent of the world’s websites are built. Everyone uses the internet. One may think, then, that WordPress would be widely understood by the general public.
The truth is that the public at large does not understand technology. Ask me to describe in detail process that occurs when I flip a switch and a light turns on, and I’ll sound like an idiot in no time flat.
But what is really surprising is how many people in the IT industry possess only cursory knowledge of WordPress, and what they claim to know is often times either outdated by several years or completely false.
Many tech industry pros–not web developers mind you, but systems administrators, security specialists, and other digitally sanctimonious types–mistakenly believe WP is merely a blogging platform and not a serious developer’s tool.
Every once a while, someone ought to show them some sites like these…
…and about 1,000 others like them, all made using WP.
Take a look at these websites and then let me know if WordPress isn’t winning you over.
Still not convinced? If this doesn’t do it then I give up.
WORDPRESS EXPLAINED FOR THE TECH-CHALLENGED
Here’s why so many people use WordPress, and why it shows no signs of slowing down.
The main reason is simple: it does much of the grunt work for web developers of all skill levels. People without hardcore code writing skills can get a website up and running fairly quickly. It might not be a good website by anyone’s definition, and it’s often not as easy as it’s made out to be, but it nonetheless makes web development accessible to the masses.
People who do know code like the back of their hand can also use it. The WordPress framework manages this trick without restricting their creativity, or compromising the integrity of their skill. It simply speeds up the process of website development, which allows people to operate more efficiently.
Almost anyone can use it to post content on the web. The real-world application of this fact is that developers can create a beautiful looking, professional site and then teach most anyone how to make new posts and small changes to their site. This ease of use makes WordPress the go-to publishing platform for editorial outlets the world over.
And here’s the kicker: it’s free.
WordPress is open-source software; anyone can adjust it and add modifications to it without running afoul of licensing laws. They can also sell their modifications–themes, plugins and code snippets, usually–either on their own site, on the WordPress site, or on various third party distribution outlets.
In case you are thinking about diving in to the development pool, please note: there is a huge difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, which I spelled out in an earlier post.
Rarely has such a powerful creative tool been so freely available to so many. It’s changed the worldwide employment landscape and created a new culture of self entrepreneurship.