If you think that the WordPress platform should only be used for blogging; well, you’re in for a surprise. Sure, in its early existence WordPress was designed be a blogger’s platform, but it’s come a long way since then.
It’s roots stem back to an extension of a web blogging tool called Cafelog. Cafelog was a platform created in 2001 using PHP and MySQL.
The developers took over and aimed to create an intuitive platform that was focused on the user experience and current web standards, giving birth to WordPress in 2003, one of the best publishing platforms ever developed. It’s easy user-interface was appealing, considering any Internet user could now enter content and create their own webpage.
Nearly a decade and a half later, WordPress is recognized as the Internet’s leading publishing platform.
WordPress powers 27.3% of the world’s websites and nearly 60% of those using a well-known content management system (CMS). That’s well over 75 million WordPress websites.
WordPress quickly evolved to meet the increasing demands of its users. Whether you’re looking to start your own blog or manage a robust fully-featured website on a much larger scale, WordPress comes locked-and-loaded with many features alongside a vast resource library allowing you to build a custom website with lightning speed.
As expected, WordPress is still considered the best platform for blogging, primarily because it’s a free, open-source platform with many practical features that just about anyone can use. Furthermore, over the decade it has become so much more, primarily due to its rapid expansion of built-in features and functions, turning into the world’s most popular and powerful content management system in existence today.
Who uses WordPress?
With such flexibility and powerful features, it’s no wonder that over a quarter of all websites operate on the WordPress platform.
That number is rapidly growing with an estimated 50,000 new WordPress websites added daily. We’re talking about a total of 2.5 billion posts and 3 billion comments. Yikes!
From behemoth Fortune 500 companies to mommie bloggers,WordPress sites come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re currently running WordPress then you’re in good company; if you’re not, then you’re likely missing out.
Businesses using WordPress
Many type of businesses now use the WordPress platform to publish incredibly attractive and intuitive websites, including:
- Large corporations
- News outlets
- Info marketers
- Entertainment companies
- Coaches and trainers
- Educational institutions
- Real estate and travel agents
- Law and accounting firms
- Government agencies
- And lots, lots more
Who would’ve known that companies like Walt Disney, Coca-Cola, Sony, and CNN all run their site on the WordPress platform?
Famous People Using WordPress
There’s definitely something to be said about all the celebrities that choose to use WordPress to stay engaged with their audience, including:
- Justin Timberlake
- Katy Perry
- Snoop Dogg
- LL Cool J
- The Rolling Stones
- Martha Stewart
- Kim Kardashian
- Channing Tatum
- And again… lots, lots more
Last but certainly not least, yours truly (Planet WP) runs our website on the WordPress platform. Dare we use anything but the best CMS platform? I think not; after all, we practice what we preach!
If discovering additional well-known company websites and famous people currently using WordPress inspires you, check out the WordPress Site Showcase, which features popular industries, businesses, and celebrities alongside top-rated and recently added websites.
The Future of WordPress
Since its inception in 2003, WordPress has come a long way. WordPress continues to improve it’s user-interface through routine periodic updates that enhance its built-in features to align with the changing demands of its users.
WordPress is definitely progressing in the right direction, especially with the release of WordPress 4.7, aka Helen. One thing is for sure, WordPress is growing by the minute. Buckle up, you’re in for an exciting ride.
Have thoughts on where WordPress is going in 2017 or suggestions on performance enhancing features you’d like to see? Leave a comment below!