Just found this neat article at PC World on how WordPress is gunning for the CMS market. It’s rich in some good quotes and some things I wanted to highlight and maybe clarify.
We the release of our iThemes Builder in Dec. 2009, I think that further solidifies this theme with our business.
One recurring theme I sense in this story is how the big web firms like to take shots at WP. I think it’s because they are seeing the cash cow days of building $20,000-plus and ineffective websites come crashing down around them as more and more designers and developers rush to WordPress to build attractive and affordable websites with it. (Something we’re hoping to help further with our WebDesign.com Certification.)
Anyway … on to the quotes in the articles ….
“In the last six months or so, over half the sites being launched with WordPress are really not blogging sites per se, they are complete sites.”
I’ve heard Matt Mullenweg, founder of WP, say on multiple occasions that WordPress as a CMS is the fastest growing niche in WP.
A larger enterprise would almost never want [to] use one of those tools for a major web property. But they offer useful alternatives for [small and medium-size business] scenarios, as well as simpler projects
Strongly disagree … and so would FantasyFootball.com, a HUGE mega site with tons of traffic, running on one single install of WordPress.
Across the Web, about 21 million sites use WordPress in one form or another
Love seeing how prolific WordPress is being used … more and more … and I think about just our little tiny community in that. It’s amazing. As of this writing, WP 2.9 has been downloaded over 7 million times.
[The Real Story Group] found that if an organization had to maintain a relatively simple Web site, one with 50 pages or fewer, then WordPress could prove to be a low-cost, relatively easy-to-maintain option.
Exactly! WordPress Pages, plus a good theme with drop-down menu navigation and you’re set!
“It’s not a [full] development platform, but it can drive a simple Web site fairly capably.”
That’s a fairly ridiculous statement. All the theme and plugin developers I know would seriously disagree and have amazing stats to back it up. We’re using WP for ALL kinds of stuff and pushing it to the limit … and it’s only getting better and more efficient as time goes on.
“WordPress has an ease of use that is something other vendors could learn from.”
The simple Dashboard is a HUGE selling point. I tell customers, if you can use Microsoft Word, you can use WordPress.
Another shortcoming is the lack of advanced content modeling.
… using WordPress cut the cost of setting up a television Web site, from an estimated average of US$25,000 to $40,000 down to $5,000 to $10,000
Love hearing stories like this. The days of the big and unnecessarily expensive websites are gone.
The approach that WordPress designers take, Bar-Cohen said, is to keep the core of the software as simple as possible, allowing users to add on additional features through plug-ins.
I hope this stays true with WordPress because it is a critical benefit of using it.
Check out the full article at PC World here.