This is the first of a series of articles about WordPress and how and why it is fast becoming a time-hungry monster that takes a lot of feeding, but offers people amazing opportunities and possibilities.
First of all, let’s look at what it is.
WordPress the Mongrel
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 16.7% of Alexa Internet‘s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Internet.
The current version of WordPress has been out since September and it is now 08.28 on Friday the 30th December.
WordPress is a wonderful tool that is giving ordinary organisations the ability to create professional websites that sing and dance. It means that they don’t have to spend a lot of money, they can maintain autonomy, they don’t need a tech department and they can make it do almost anything. Plugins provide unbelievable options and the themes are growing more gorgeous each day. WordPress is a mixture of PHP, CSS, MySQL and is a CMS- content management system. It can also be adapted to be an ecommerce site, a CRM-customer relations management system, a membership site, a social network and is being used by Fortune 500 companies.
Sounds great eh? Well, it is and it isn’t.
I love it and it is the bane of my life at times.
What I have come to realise is that I have, by default, come to be a WordPress expert. This is because I have been an early adaptor and learned on my feet. You see, WordPress allows us to make a home-baked cake and