Everybody has heard of WordPress. What started out as a platform for blogging has grown into one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world – powering over 30% of the internet. It may not be the most exciting choice of software, but its combination of user-friendliness, reliability and flexibility is unmatched even in 2019.
There are some common misconceptions about WordPress, mainly due to the fact that its usage is so ubiquitous.
The software itself is extendable with themes and plugins which vary in quality. As such it’s very easy for inexperienced users to install WordPress, throw in some poor quality extensions and hack together a slow, insecure website. But in the right hands, WordPress is an incredibly effective platform on which to build custom, scalable, high-performance websites.
Widespread adoption and support
WordPress is under the hood of almost a third of all the websites on Earth, from personal blogs through to global enterprise-level platforms. As you’d expect, the number of developers available that have experience with WordPress is massive – which means if you need tech support you won’t have to look very far.
Simple content editing
The editing experience of a WordPress website is very straightforward. Different access levels can be provided for content managers, meaning they can use a simpler, less cluttered interface. Content can be drafted, reviewed and published. A full history of all revisions is saved, so that you can roll back changes to articles quickly and easily.
Flexible and extendable
By using custom post types and custom fields, we are able to build bespoke admin interfaces that strip away complexity and provide a simple, intuitive way for your team to add and edit any type of content within your website.
Tried and tested
WordPress has been in development since 2003 and is supported by a multi-billion dollar company. The kinks and flaws have been worked out and the team in charge of development place reliability and security as the number one priority.
WordPress is highly capable as a headless content management system – allowing you to use a single WordPress backend to power both your website and mobile apps. By making use of the official REST API you can treat your WordPress installation as a data source that can be accessed and updated by any frontend websites or applications that you require. This approach also allows you to take advantage of modern advances in web development by building extremely fast, secure and interactive websites based on the JAMStack.
WordPress development done right
An out of the box WordPress installation provides an intuitive, stable and secure admin interface, along with a simple theme that showcases its potential as a blog platform. By extending this interface and developing a custom theme, or using WordPress as a headless CMS, experienced developers can deliver scalable, flexible, high-performance websites and applications that can be easily updated by clients and content creators.
Do you have any questions or concerns about using WordPress? Get in touch with Diverge to speak to an expert WordPress developer today.