Choosing a website CMS platform is an important decision for any business. Easy updates and usability, SEO performance, future support, scalability and security are all affected and each factor carries ongoing financial consequences.

Although the number of options is greater than ever, we believe that the maturing of WordPress has delivered a compelling reason why it is the standout choice for most business requirements and it seems that we’re not the only ones.

Currently in it’s 10th year of operation, WordPress has its heritage in blogging. The WordPress hosted arm catering for blog websites (wordpress.org) continues to offer the best solution for bloggers around the world, but it’s the elegant yet deceptively powerful and fully customisable CMS we specialise in.

Here are a few reasons why we choose WordPress for the majority of our development projects:

Capability

Recently WordPress announced that it’s platform powers 14.7% of the world’s top one million websites. In addition to this, 22% of new websites launched in the US are running WordPress (this figure applies to both WordPress.com and wordpress.org sites).

It’s fair to say the days of WordPress being considered a “blogging CMS” are long gone. It now powers many of the world’s largest, most complex sites and offers the sort of features, flexibility, security and scalability that make it perfect for almost any website requirement. Just look at the number of Fortune 500 companies using WordPress for their site.

Open Source

The fact that WordPress is open source (that is, it’s code is open to anyone with the expertise to contribute and improve) ensures many things that proprietary software can’t offer. Proprietary platforms are owned and maintained by an individual company with it’s own team of paid developers. The future of such platforms is tied to the ongoing profitability of that business.

Open source offers the power of an unlimited pool of contributing developers, greater transparency with regard to security and bug related issues, greater freedom, control and options for future changes.

Expandability

WordPress consists of a core (the basic platform the site is built on) and a huge suite of add-ons, called plugins or widgets.

The massive scale of the WordPress community has lead to an equally impressive range of plugins and widgets (there are currently more than 25,000 WordPress plugins), one of the standout benefits of working with the WordPress platform.

Similar to iPhone users using the App Store to configure their phone with the functions they require, WordPress plugins and widgets allow us to simply build required functionality into sites using pre developed and tested plugins and widgets.

The benefit to site owners is the ease with which a basic site can be launched with a view to seamlessly adding additional functionality in the future.

In a market guided by simplicity, but demanding features and power, the qualities that led to WordPress’ rapid growth look even more likely to prevail in coming years.