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I’ve been playing with Google Trends again after watching WPThinkTank – a fascinating group discussion on the future of WordPress.

As you may know we build all our client solutions on the WordPress platform. We chose WordPress as our preferred platform for many reasons.

Our top 5 reasons we use WordPress

Easy to Use

There’s no point in us developing solutions for our clients if they’re too hard for them to use and manage their content. WordPress is incredibly easy to use. We even provide embedded Video Training in all our client sites. As discussed in the WPThinkTank discussion, it’s not perfect and there are still lots of things they want to improve on but it’s certainly much much easier than Drupal or Joomla for the end user.

Open Source

WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it, which is more than most commercial platforms. Even the documentation was created by and for the community. Because of this ‘community’ there are literally thousands of people around the world with WordPress skills only too willing to help you out with any issues you may encounter.

Extendable

The core WordPress platform offers an incredibly featured rich product out of the box. However, the true value lies in being able to add functionality in a modular fashion using themes and plugins. There are over 29,000 plugins available in the WordPress directory and thousands more available to purchase from plugin developers. You can add functionality to the core WordPress installation such as an e-Commerce store using WooCommerce or iThemes Exchange using plugins.

SEO Friendly

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Being SEO-friendly means that search engines like Google will have an easier time finding your site and understanding what it’s about, which means that it will be more likely to recommend your site when someone (a future client, fan, or volunteer) searches for a topic that is available on your site. WordPress is very SEO-friendly on its own, but if search engine rank is very important to you, there are a few tools I recommend that can be added to a WordPress website to make it even more search engine friendly.

Are there any WordPress alternatives?

So after watching the WPThinkTank panel discussion I decided to see what the popularity of the other Content Management Systems (CMS) was out there on the web.

I compared the search terms of WordPress with Joomla, Drupal and Adobe’s Business Catalyst. Clearly all but WordPress are in decline. I was surprised as to by how much!

Conclusion

The evidence is clear that WordPress is not going anywhere soon – well except to take over more and more market share from the other CMS platforms!

Rock Paper Digital specialise in building online solutions for our clients on WordPress, the #1 CMS platform.

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