One of the biggest advances in web development over the past decade has been the rise of the content management system (CMS). Maintaining and updating a website was at one point a cumbersome process – code would need to be changed, HTML files would need to be searched, and numerous different files would all need to be managed. Today, thanks to modern CMS implementations, none of these things are necessary to manage a site. Instead, the CMS takes care of everything, allowing you to run your site through a simple point and click interface.
There are a lot of CMS products out there. Perhaps the most known is WordPress, which first launched in 2003. WordPress has developed a reputation for reliability and ease of use that is hard to match.
Literally millions of sites use WordPress today – somewhere around 60 million, in fact. And while WordPress started as a simple blogging platform, its abilities have since been expanded considerably. Many major brands (including The Wall Street Journal, Sony, and Wired) use WordPress to power their sites.
This broad user base has created a huge amount of support and a large library of addons for all WordPress users. WordPress has a library of tens of thousands of plugins available, featuring everything from advanced social media tie-ins to slick photo gallery implementations. WordPress also sports an enormous number of available themes, offered both for free and commercially.
Designers are also very familiar with WordPress’ conventions due to its relatively long period of existence. They’ve learned to create sites that use the platform to its best potential and with maximum ease-of-use by the end user. WordPress designs are as cutting-edge and interesting as those of any other site – they’re just easier to administer.
If you’re thinking about building a new website, you should definitely think about WordPress. If you have questions, check out U22, a full-service web design firm that specializes in tailoring the CMS to suit your needs exactly.