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What is a Content Management System?

WordPress is a content management system (CMS). A CMS, as we use it today in 2016, is a tool or a suite of tools for making and updating websites. While the concept has been around for a very long time, we have only been actively creating software to manage it in the last decade or so. A CMS is almost always on a web server and actively connected to the internet, and it commonly includes a way for content contributors to collaboratively work together at the same time. For example, a blog-style website that has more than one contributing writer can each add their own articles to the site whenever they wish.

And that is exactly how WordPress began in 2003: as a standardized blog software started by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Their idea was that WordPress could help people create standards-compliant websites, allowing anyone of any skill level to get on the web and publish their content.

Why is WordPress so handy?

In 2004, WordPress began supporting plugins, which transformed WordPress for both developers and end-users. Developers can now create their own mini-programs to run within WordPress without changing the core files, and end-users can extend their websites without knowing code. Once themes were added to the growing list of WordPress features, allowing site authors to easily change the appearance of their site, the dream of every layman empowered to create their own website was becoming a reality.

Today, WordPress boasts over 140 million downloads, with over 409 million people viewing more than 22.6 billion pages each month. You can create a secure, customizable, visually appealing site with no coding experience needed. You can allow more than one author to contribute to your site, and you can keep unwanted spam comments off your pages. You can sell items, display a photo gallery, present a portfolio, and track site statistics. WordPress has evolved into so much more than a simple blogging tool; it’s a CMS for making any kind of website you can dream up!

Why would I need professional help if WordPress is so easy?

A front end web developer can take your WordPress site to the next level by customizing the customization! After browsing through more than 2000 themes if you still haven’t found the right one for your site’s needs, a professional can create an all-new theme for you.  A web developer can create or modify plugins to help your site do its work, too. And what about marketing, like search engine optimization (SEO)? A professional developer can make your site work harder for you by bringing in more visitors, earning more click-throughs, and closing more sales.

I have created a WordPress demonstration site here: http://bethcampbell.spyderart.com

Have a look around, and if you’d like some help with your WordPress site, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 


References:

WordPress Codex

WordPress History

WordPress Stats

CMS Comparison

Professional Content Management Systems: Handling Digital Media Assets 1st Edition
by Dr Andreas Mauthe and Dr Peter Thomas
ISBN-13: 978-0470855423; ISBN-10: 0470855428

Web Content Management: Systems, Features, and Best Practices 1st Edition
by Deane Barker
ISBN-13: 978-1491908129; ISBN-10: 1491908122