The open-source ecommerce platform powers about a quarter of the total number of websites that exist today. In other words, there are as many as several millions of websites, if not less, designed on WordPress. This mainly include
- Simple online portals
- Blogs and
- Complex enterprise websites
However, apart from those mentioned above, there are lots of other software applications that WordPress developers create.
Now, what makes WordPress so overwhelmingly popular? The obvious reason behind it includes the simplicity it offers to users and publishers. WordPress happens to be one of the most flexible ecommerce platforms in existence. However, before getting into its impressive features, let us devote some time here for folks who are less aware about latest technology.
WordPress is an open-source Content Management System (CMS), which is based on PHP and MySQL. It was first launched in May 2003 and was introduced as a fork of b2/cafelog. Since it is an open-source platform, everyone is free to download, install, and use WordPress without paying any price. It is the most popular blogging system all over the world.
There are thousands of plugins readily available for WordPress. By virtue of these plugins, the functionalities of this particular CMS platform can be widely extended. Being an open-source resource, there is no binding on anyone either to extend or modify WordPress codes and using them for commercial purposes. This is indeed the true beauty of free software. A plugin or an addon is a piece of software application that adds a specific feature to an already existing computer programme. There are hundreds and thousands of plugins available in WordPress, which make life for the developers much easier.
The fraternity of techies prefer to work on WordPress because of certain positive factors. These include:
- WordPress provides a robust application framework that makes it easier for designers to add lots of useful features to their apps. The features include translation, user management, HTTP requests, connecting to databases, and URL routing, etc.
- Readily creating theme system for clients, customers and as well as WordPress users. The APIs contribute with the extensibility to create themes – simple or complex – according to one’s choice. Moreover, there is an impressive repository for readymade themes that can be accessed free.
- The WordPress APIs – as mentioned earlier – enable users to create plugins to extend the features of the CMS platform. Thanks to the robust WordPress online community, it is even possible to search and download the necessary plugins pretty easily.
- WordPress by default offers a set content type. But for greater flexibility one can easily add a few lines of code to create customized posts and metadata.
- These days, the WordPress platform comes with latest version of script library that include jQuery, Plupload, Underscore.js and Backbone.js, etc.
Considering all these impressive technical features, WordPress developers find it more convenient to work on the robust and flexible CMS platform.
The author of this article is John Paul, who possesses years of experience in the industry as WordPress developer.