What is WordPress and why is it the most cost effective CMS?
Date Posted: 05/11/18
WordPress is perhaps a buzzword you have come across over the last few years if you have flirted with the world of web design and development.
If you browse the web on even a 'once in a while' basis, chances are you have used a site that uses WordPress as it's content management system (CMS).
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source CMS. It is built on PHP and MySQL and is built by a community that continually aim to improve the system. It can be used to create websites, blogs or even apps. Currently, according to WordPress, it powers over 32% of the web and can be used for small - simple hobby based sites - through to some of the biggest news site currently online. Over 60 million people have chosen to use WordPress as the power behind their website.
Once your web developer has built WordPress into your site, depending on the level of integration, you will have the ability to change and edit your website content.
What makes WordPress a cost effective option?
WordPress comes partnered with a wide range of plugins. Plugins are additional parts of functionality that other developers have already provided a solution to. For example, rather than your developer needing to build your online store from scratch, they can utilise something like WooCommerce (discover more here) which is a very well respected plugin to provide that functionality. This saves development time and this, in most cases, sees a reduction in the overall cost.
To a certain extent, WordPress is almost out the box ready. Again, this is a time saving tool and once installed the core functionality, such as the blogging function or page creation is already in place.
Keeping things up to date
As WordPress sites have lots of working parts, it is important to keep things updated as often as possible. Every now and again, WordPress will issue an overall update but also the plugins that get installed will also have individual ones to apply. This is important as it keeps the plugins and WordPress as secure and up to date as possible. This is important when software is open source as everyone has access to the core coding, meaning it becomes easier for hackers to find workarounds or potential flaws in the system because they can see the direct source code.
Don't let that scare you off though, WordPress works hard on security and is now more advanced than ever and a very good platform to build your next project when you need a cost effective and established CMS.
Interested with powering your next site with WordPress? Why not get in touch to see how you can harness one of the most powerful, open source content management systems available.