Posted Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 10:00 AM under Wordpress.
WordPress is hands down, the best blogging software out there. After using it for my own personal website, as well as several freelance clients, I’m completely convinced there is nothing better out there. Now, it is important to note that there are two different WordPress versions that you can use; the .com and the .org versions. The .com version is not customizable anymore than your average blog software like Blogger. The .org version is the one I’m about to rave about, and is the much more involved and capable option. So, there are a few particular reasons that I believe it to be so wonderful which are outlined below:
It’s Open Source
So in case you don’t know, the phrase "open source" means that the code that runs certain software is made publicly available. With publicly available code, it makes it possible for individual developers to write additional code that can get tacked on to the initial software release in the form of apps, plugins, et cetera. Without open source software, the world would be limited to only what companies manage to come up with and release. But because of the wisdom of the WordPress team, they’ve released their potentially proprietary code to the masses to promote the growth of the software via public participation, and documented all the details in the WordPress codex.
It’s User Friendly
With my background in user research, I like to think that I have a good grasp on user friendly interfaces. I have to say outside of a handful of small issues that I’ve encountered with WordPress, it is really amazingly intuitive. They’ve managed to create an interface that promotes easy usage by developers, designers, and content publishers. Normally this is a very difficult task given that all three of those groups work on such different levels and on different content. From my experience of working on back-end code for WordPress, front-end code for my design theme, and content as a blog author, it is just so easy to use.
It’s Constantly Improving
The team at WordPress manage to release updates on a very regular basis. In addition to that, because of its open source nature, there are new plugins and themes being released for WordPress at an incredibly fast pace. The best part is, if some new technology comes out, you can bet your bottom dollar that within a few weeks at the most there will be a WordPress plugin that incorporates it into the blogging software for public usage!
It’s Incredibly Functional
Going off of my last point, the plugins available for WordPress make it incredibly functional. You can obviously use the software for simple blogging. However, you can also adapt it to maintain your entire website complete with a static homepage that isn’t your blog homepage. Once that’s complete, you can introduce youtube videos, flickr photos, facebook and twitter feeds, contact forms, and pretty much anything else your heart desires. With all of this functionality, there is hardly a reason to ever go build a smaller sized website (<100 pages) without WordPress!