You can like or dislike WordPress, but you can't argue with the fact that for years it's still the most popular CMS systemwhose market share is constantly growing.
This is a dream situation for everyone involved. For users, because thanks to the popularity of WP they have at their disposal a huge number of themes and plugins, which allows you to shape the project in countless ways and develop it in many directions. For developers, it is also an ideal environment because of the number of potential customers for their products (plugins, themes), which can translate into significant income. Much more than in the case of other CMS systems.
Teams developing products for the ecosystem WordPressThey analyse its development from time to time to see if its popularity starts to drop. It is normal to fear the day when a new tool will appear and really threaten WordPress. Every company seriously involved in developing software for the WordPress environment has a contingency plan in the back of its mind for such a circumstance.
Today, developers are still sleeping soundly and looking to the future with optimism as WordPress continues to push forward. As you can read on W3Techs, where data on the popularity of CMS systems is constantly collected:
Wordpress is used by 64,6% websites whose content management system we know. This is 40,7% websites in general.
W3Techs bases its reports on several sources including data coming from Alexa Top Ten Million and Tranco Top Million Websites.
Will it always be like this
Of course, this is impossible to predict, as we know from history the scenarios of large projects with great popularity that eventually succumbed to new ideas emerging on the market. Perhaps one day the same fate will also befall WordPress, but for now there is no indication of that.
WordPress today has a strong foundation, which will not be easy to crush. There is an ever-increasing number of fans of the system and developers who, sometimes from projects to other platforms, are starting to focus mainly on WordPress. This popularity, flexibility and ever-increasing capabilities are fuelling each other. It's like a snowball effect that is constantly growing, and at a certain point along the way it's better not to get in its way. Will there ever be someone who stands on that path and manages to survive by smashing the ball? I do not know. If you have your own theories on the subject go ahead and post them in the comments 🙂 I'm sure you will.
Why I stick with WordPress
Probably because I value my time and that of my Clients and Students. If you know me, you know that I've worked with various CMS systems in the past (TYPO3, Drupal, Joomla, ExpressionEngine and others) and even created my own system with my team. I know very well how laborious and time-consuming such challenges are, not to mention the extremely difficult market.
While it was still a search, we touched everything that came our way to finally choose a solution that would provide us and our clients with the greatest possible comfort. Today, looking back on these experiments and observing what is happening in the WordPress ecosystem, I have no doubt that sooner or later we would have fallen on it anyway.
Was the time of those rehearsals wasted? No, because they shaped me and my band to a large extent. It is thanks to these experiences that I am where I am, for which I can only be grateful. Thanks to these experiences, teaching today's newcomers how to take their first steps (take a look at WordPress course) working with a website, blog or shop, I can do so with full confidence that I am passing on knowledge and skills that, when used in practice, will benefit them.
Should you use WordPress
You have a choice. You can, like me, search for years for that one right CMS or you can trust me and millions of others and concentrate on exploring WordPress.
This is not an ideal solution in every case. If your business assumes development of a specific application working in SaaS model or similar, you should rather head towards creating a dedicated system on one of the popular PHP frameworks. However, in situation when your goal is launch of the website, setting up an online shop or blog, WordPress in my opinion would be the best possible choice.
Yes, you have to devote your time and commitment to it. You have to get to know it well, get to know your theme, get to know the plugins you use, and unfortunately this takes time. Are you ready for this? Nothing will do itself, and it certainly won't do itself while bringing you a satisfying income. So take this to heart, figure out WordPress and enjoy it to the fullest 🙂 I'd love to hear from you.
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