Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

WordPress is bigger than you think

In 2016, 27% of all of the websites on the internet were powered by WordPress. That’s 8 times more than Joomla, 12 times more than Drupal, and 70 times more than TYPO3. Each content management system has its own strengths, but all of the ones I’ve named are free, open-source products and a direct comparison is fair.

WordPress is still seen as a blogging software by many, thanks to its heritage. Its life began in 2004 as a piece of blogging software, and it was only in subsequent years that users and programmers began pushing the system hard, to allow WordPress to be used as a “proper” content management system. But that was a long time ago and there has been over a decade of WordPress development from all over the world to bring the CMS to the state of a robust, extensible and powerful tool.

WordPress’s strengths still lie in the production of entity-driven content websites, from news portals to online stores and media libraries. Any site containing pages which are put together from a collection of individual pieces of content. This can be a large news website like The Sun or the New York Post, an online store like Tarox, with around 40,000 products, or a high-profile, high-traffic site like the one which Barack Obama‘s team began running after he left office. Hillary Clinton’s team even chose WordPress for her campaign site.

The list goes on and on. WP Beginner wrote this extensive list containing other such sites as those run by Techcrunch, Beyoncé and BBC America. Next time your boss says that WordPress isn’t a serious system, show him a list of all the high-profile, high-traffic sites which rely on it.

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