I could just be terse and answer “No”, but that wouldn’t be fair would it? It wouldn’t really explain why WordPress is much more than a blogging platform. So I had better start doing some explaining.
Let’s start with examples of some of the biggest sites that use WordPress.
This should give you an idea how flexible WordPress is. You start to realise, well if people of that size have settled on WordPress as a platform.
So here is a quick list of a few pretty big sites that use WordPress.
Now that is just a short list. The list could go on and on and on, but you get the picture. Those are some major sites right there.
To add to that picture I can tell you that one in 6 websites are now powered by WordPress.
That is roughly 60 million websites. I would suggest also that number is growing all the time as more and more websites either convert, or as new sites are built more and more people choose WordPress as the default platform.
Why is it so popular?
The main thing about WordPress is that it is endlessly customisable. It is a great content management system (CMS).
But what is a CMS? For people who are not completely immersed in technology all the time the acronyms used by tech geeks can cause their eyes to glass over. But the term CMS is not hard to understand. It’s simply a system put in place at the back end of a web site that allows a user who doesn’t know how to put a website together to add content, such as updating photos or text without having to call their web designer.
I think most people would agree that is a good idea.
However, every time I say something like, “WordPress is a great CMS”, some tech geek with an axe to grind comes out and says, “It’s not a CMS” and then they go on and say, “Joomla is better” or Drupal or whatever it is that’s their favourite.
OK, it may be that these other offerings are specifically designed as a CMS and WordPress is considered first and foremost a blogging platform.
That may be so in a technical sense, but back in the real world where people don’t really care about “application purity” (to coin a phrase). The results are in.
And here they are if you want to look for yourself. Sixty percent of sites that use a CMS use WordPress. The next closest is Joomla with 7 per cent of the market.
So yes, WordPress may have started as a blogging platform, but now it is so much more.