WordPress is built in PHP framework and was launched in May 27, 2003 by Micheal Valdrighi. It started out as Blogging system as opposed to pure CMS like Drupal or Joomla. However, due to a large number of plugins and active community, WordPress has evolved into a true CMS system– that is not only giving a tough time to Drupal and Joomla–but beating them at their own game.
To this date WordPress has over 40,000 active plugins that are increasing day by day. It is also Open source, which means that the online community can modify and upgrade the source code without any restrictions.
Very Easy to Use
WordPress is made purely for beginners, who have zero knowledge of web-development. The user does not have to know PHP or HTML like Drupal and Joomla Content Management System. All one need to do is to install themes for the looks of the website; and required plugins, which we will look at later on. Further, according to a survey, Online Editors love to use WordPress –because it frees them of Coding knowledge and allows them to focus only on editing.
WordPress is supported by wide Open Source Community who is there for discussing problems and their solutions, posting news and updates and supporting the newbies in general.
Vast Amount of Plugins
This CMS has the world’s most number of plugins for a Content Management System. It has over 40,000 plugins to date, as previously mentioned. And that number is increasing day by as more and more people embraces the Open Source model and are contributing to making new Plugins. Further, vast majority of the plugins are free to install.
It features both free and paid premium themes. It also has the capability to add third party paid themes. This makes the system truly flexible as it gives more and more options to choose from. The free themes are as good as paid ones. However, if you have specific needs of the business that needs to be met, than premium themes permit greater customization options.
Currently, WordPress is the Best CMS, but it goes without saying—that 100% perfection in the system is not possible. There would always be areas of improvements that need to be considered. For example, for WordPress to compete effectively with other CMS like Joomla or Drupal, it needs to install a good amount of plugins to function effectively. Joomla and Drupal comes pre-packed with essential tools that are the part of the core system. However, WordPress does not include those tools and have to be installed separately from plugins market.
This brings us to our next point, and that is, huge number of plugins sometimes makes things confusing. Because, there are number of authors writing plugin code and selecting the right one would take some time. However, even this problem is off-set by WordPress Community by tagging the plugin with ratings, age and number of downloads.