With over 59% of all websites using a content management system (CMS) being WordPress, there must be a reason why users turn to it. We give our outlook on why this could be the case.

According to latest research report by W3Techs and OM4, WordPress percentage of use is 59.4%. Built With has that number at about 51%. Out of all websites out there, WordPress is used in 26.6% of them, and every day this percentage grows.

We must be cautious with numbers, especially this big. This takes in account every website out there. And we all know that the majority of those are garbage. Even WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg said that the third of all blogs are splogs (spam blogs). Still, even excluding the third, it’s a large number.

Out of all websites out there, WordPress is used in 26.6% of them, and every day this percentage grows.

One of the most common confusion that clients still have about WordPress is that it’s a strictly blogging platform. And while that was true for older versions of WordPress, it has evolved into a fully fledged CMS. Today you can even build apps that use WordPress as their back end using the REST API that is built in the core of the WordPress.

So why is WordPress so popular?

It’s free. WordPress is an open-source platform. As such general public has the access to the source code of WordPress and can do with it what they want. Literally anyone can make modifications.

When you install it, you have limitless options to create what you want. Installation is fast and simple (famous 5 minutes install), you can install it on your own server, personal computer or shared web hosting. Most of web hosting companies have options in cPanel to install WordPress in just a few clicks.

Extensibility is another major advantage. Developers are making great and free plugins for WordPress every day, and all the user has to do is to find the one that suits his needs, and install it. Even the user with no coding skill can use it.

Many clients buy WordPress themes with beautiful design so their site looks better and works as the user envisioned. There are also thousands of free themes on wordpress.org that you can try and implement.

Last but not the least, WordPress is really easy to use. It’s organized in a simple and straightforward manner, and the core developers put a big emphasis on user experience when making updates.

Customizing WordPress

If you want to customize WordPress more – let’s say you want to set up a web shop, or more specialized websites, you’d better be off with hiring an experienced developer. Even though you’ll spent money, in the long run you’ll save money and headaches when implementing the thing that you want. It doesn’t matter if you’re a small enterprise, or a large company it’s a smart choice to do.

Of course, even though it’s a good CMS, there are other solutions (Joomla, Drupal, Magento or custom solutions), and you should see which one suits your needs the best. The best thing is to talk with a qualified and experienced consultant who can asses what the best CMS should be used for your project.

The reasons we put in the article are why we like working with WordPress. It’s a versatile CMS that every user can use. So what are you waiting for? :D