wordpress-logo-680x400There are many content management systems (CMS) out there that you can use to build your website or blog. WordPress however has become a favorite for many a web developer. Currently WordPress commands a whole 17% of the Word Wide Web. Those are many people who are choosing it as their tool to build the web. You might wonder what makes it so popular and why you should consider it as opposed to other CMS such as Joomla and Drupal.
For starters, WordPress is very easy to use. When I started out I played a bit with the free version at WordPress.com. I was impressed by its capabilities and decided that going custom was the way. That meant getting a web hosting plan plus a domain name.  Since then I have never looked back. I have learned a lot and realized that there were a lot of features I did not know that gave me a lot of power as a webmaster.
If you have used the CMS before, you will love its search engine friendliness. A simple WordPress blog with good content can outrank many authority sites out there. Besides that there are many Search Engine Optimization plugins that give you the ability to take your content to the number one page of Google.
WordPress also comes with many themes that can help you change the look and feel of your blog or website. There are both free and premium themes. I would encourage you to choose responsive themes which adjust themselves according to the screen of your device. With internet usage increasingly becoming mobile, this is a must have for any webmaster who is serious about web development. You can choose themes from the WordPress repository or other trusted sites such as theme forest.
You may also want to extend the functionality of your WordPress installation. This may be a daunting task for anyone who is not familiar with PHP/MySQL, the two languages that form the core of WordPress.  However, there are many plugins from the WordPress community which can make your installation do almost anything you want it to. If you cannot find a plugin to meet your needs, you can pay a freelancer to do it for you. You can also learn some programming and get it done.
Being open source software, you can see the code that has built it. This enables you to use and extend the code whichever way you want for your own projects. Open source software also promotes the growth of the internet and fosters knowledge.
If you have been using Blogger.com, or WordPress.com you can export your blog as it is to your custom WordPress. This means you do not have to lose anything for choosing to upgrade.
There are many other reasons which I will not list here that make WordPress the great software it is. Thanks to Matt and the guys behind its development, every new update comes with many more features. Choose to build your site with WordPress today and discover its power and the abilities it bestows upon you.