A Content Management System is a computer application that supports the creation and modification of digital content by a user, with limited expertise, using a graphic user interface.
Content Management Systems were developed to give more people the ability to maintain their online web presence and has contributed to the steep rise in relevant and informative online content. Business owners and professionals are now able to digitize their thoughts and contribute to the wealth of information that is the Internet.
From the very first Content Management System that was used in the 1990’s until today, there has been a multitude of applications that laid their claim as the people’s number one choice for Web Maintenance.
Three Content Management systems have become the leaders as far as market share is concerned with one having an overwhelming majority of that share.
No need to keep you in suspense and maybe it comes as any surprise that the top three Content Management Systems used worldwide are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal.
In this article we would like to take a look at WordPress and why it walks away with the accolades.
The Content Management System used most is WordPress. In fact, more than half of the website editors that use Content Management Systems are Worpress users. WordPress was launched in May 2007 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, the founders of WordPress. The free software is installed onto your web hosting server and is available under a General Public Licence, which guarantees end users (individuals, organizations, companies) the freedoms to run, study, share (copy), and modify the software.
WordPress is developed in PHP which is an open source programming language and uses a MySQL data base. That is perhaps the number one reason why it is popular under developers. Programmers that are PHP proficient can and are allowed to create plugins that slot into WordPress. The ability to do this has created a completely new industry for web developers.
WordPress Plugins that perform various functionalities have been developed, packaged and sold. The plugins are usually very user friendly and those that are, provide web editors with more web function capabilities, day-by-day. It is estimated that more than 30000 plugins have been developed for WordPress since 2003 and this number is rapidly growing.
WordPress is the most secure Content Management System in use. In fact, the software is continuously developed and improved by software developers all over the world. Some of those top developers could possibly be amongst the top hackers as well, which makes them very qualified to produce a very secure system.
The internet is full of beautiful WordPress themes that can easily be installed on a WordPress platform. Just as there are programmers that specialize in development of WordPress plugins, there are web designers that specialize in the design and development of WordPress themes that are custom made for specific industries, products and services.
Giving developers all over the world access to the source files of WordPress and giving them Cart Blanche to write modules that can possibly improve its core functionality, means that you have driven programmers working around the clock towards a common goal. This is significant, because it insures that technology within WordPress stays current.
WordPress remains current on so many levels. When there was a sudden increase in the amount of mobile users, WordPress was the first Content Management System to embrace responsive layouts. A responsive layout is one that adapts according your screen size, while still being legible. This means that your site is compatible with all devices and with more than 60% of the world’s population using mobile devices to search the internet, this makes WordPress a very popular choice.
WordPress remains current on the SEO front, as well. From the outset, the latest WordPress download is search engine friendly and with so many Search Engine Optimization plugins to choose from it simplifies the setup of a search engine friendly website. From there, it is up to the web editor to maintain the content on the website, which remains the number one factor when rating a website for search engines. And that is the whole point of a Content Management System, isn’t it? It gives the web owner the ability to ability to add content at will.
WordPress, and all of the other CMS’s have one small quirk. Ironically, the fact that WordPress continuously updates and new versions are released regularly is a strongpoint, but also proves to be a slight problem for web owners. When WordPress upgrades to a new version, some of the plugins attached to an installation might cease to operate due to compatibility issues. In some cases, those plugins might not be compatible with the installed version of WordPress, even if you update the plugin. In these cases, the web editor might not have the skill to rectify the errors and will then need the assistance of a professional web maintenance company to insure the continued functionality of their website. While there are web maintenance companies that deliver continued WordPress support, to a certain degree, the web editor with limited web development expertise, is still dependant.
The average cycle for the occurrence of this event is approximately 1 year and depends on major updates to WordPress, PHP and the Linux hosting environment. Thus, it is a good idea to have a professional website maintenance company handy when this happens. You might even elect to host your website with a company that knows WordPress well and might be able to update you on such occurrences.
WordPress can be set to not update, which can, in time become a security risk. Like all software, it needs to continuously develop in order to remain a step ahead of potential hackers, who always find a way. Upgrading is good!
Whatever you choose as the platform for you next website, remember to consider the importance of accessibility to update content at will. The main reason why companies have a website is to inform. If you have no new information to share willingly, your website could become dormant and inaccessible as search engines lose interest. A Content Management System will improve your chances to digitally market your company, organization or cause, cost effectively.