WordPress powers 12% of the web!

Wow! It turns out that currently the open source publishing platform that is known as WordPress powers 12% of the web, that is incredible considering the size of the web and the competition out there.

With the likes of Ford, Ebay, Yahoo and many other mainstream brands choosing WordPress over the other open source platforms available it’s no wonder Matt Mullenweg doesn’t see any reason why WordPress can’t power 20, 30, 40% of the web.

Although it is currently a publishing platform Matt, who is Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web, has suggested the possibility of WordPress Apps. WordPress is no longer a blogging platform it ‘s a very powerful publishing platform and can be used to create any kind of website or web application. There is no reason why it can’t even be turned into an offline CRM or a non public database application purely for cataloging data. The beauty of all this is that this technology is free for anyone to develop or use for themselves – which is why the likes of Playstation, CNN, Number 10 and many more use this innovative and easy to use publishing platform rather than opt for a bespoke option that is protected by ownership and usually comes at a very high cost.

In our opinion Matt Mullenweg is one of the good guys, sharing this technology for everyone to use certainly goes against the grain of his predecesors. Matt was recently interviewed last month by Cris Valerio from Bloomberg TV at SxSW see the full interview here http://ma.tt/2011/04/bloomberg-tv-interview/

Let us know what you think? Do you develop with WordPress? What do you use WordPress as a publishing platform?

2 thoughts on “WordPress powers 12% of the web!

  1. We are thinking of using WordPress for our on-line magazine as well as having a page turner version for the not so internet savvy readers. Can you advice. We will need help with all aspect of it especially setting it up in the first place.

    Thanks

    Lynette

    1. In my opinion WordPress is the ideal solution for any kind of magazine based product or service. Your magazine style web application could very quickly become filled with complex content but, with the easy setup of categories and further post tag categorisation it would be very simple for a reader to navigate and would be very intuitive no matter what degree of ‘internet savvy’ they are.

      The beauty of WordPress is that you can easily adapt the core functionality to do whatever you want with it. With the introduction of Custom Post Types the backend can be further simplified for the author who is managing the content, giving them only specific areas to either add content to or delete it. Technically you could have several authors each with there own specific area or category of content management, it can even be scheduled if it’s date dependent ie News.

      Of course you can further engage with your readers by using the comments functionality too, this is a great way of connecting with users of your website and getting feedback from your content. WordPress also comes with RSS functionality built in, allowing your readers to subscribe and get updates as and when the website is updated without them having to revisit, of course generally they do because they have been notified so this is also a great way to drive traffic to your site from existing users.

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