What Makes It So Popular?
So, in a previous blog, I’ve mentioned how huge WordPress is. On their home page, they show some of the major companies that use their CMS. I mean, if CNN and New York times use it, then there’s gotta be something to it, right?
I’ll start off by saying that it’s free to use! Who doesn’t like free?
Again, making a call back to a previous blog, it’s got a lot of the criteria of a good CMS. It’s a database driven system, so it’s very robust. You can have multiple users, with permissions, so you don’t have to worry too much about clients messing with the code.
This is where such popularity comes into play; the community. Have an issue? I’m sure someone else has already asked about it. And if they haven’t? Well, you can go and ask on their forums, I’m sure they have the answer.
Why Learn It?
Well, WordPress is seen as a blogging CMS. A lot of its default features treat it as so, but it can also be used to create a regular old website. It does take some tweaking with, and that’s one reason why people should learn it! It can be to show people that it’s more than just a blog CMS (and even garner more clients that way).
I started to cover other reason above, mentioning that it’s got a lot of the qualities of a good CMS. Another big thing to consider is that search engines love WordPress. It has great Search Engine Optimization (SEO) pretty much built in.
Another good thing comes with such a large community: plug-ins! If there’s something you wish WordPress could do, someone’s probably made a plug-in to do that. Even then, just looking around the internet seeing what plug-ins are out here, you might come across some good ones to use that you’ve would’ve never thought of using.
Should Other Designers To Learn It?
To keep it short and sweet; heck yeah! It’s a robust CMS with tons of features and plug-ins with a large community backing it up. Since it is so popular, tons of clients are going to ask for it, simply because “it’s what everyone else is using”. Also, if people see it as a blogging CMS, then that’s good too! All company websites should have a blog anyway.
In short, WordPress is popular because it’s good. It’s robust, free, and easy to install. It has a lot of qualities that makes it a good CMS, and something every designer should learn. I would say some of the more advanced features of WordPress (an example being creating a template for it) takes some time to learn, but with a large community to help, it shouldn’t be that much of an issue.