Nearly a year ago Forbes wrote a fascinating article detailing the scale of WordPress. They argued that companies like The BBC and The New Yorker used WordPress to enhance their online presence. To quote the article directly —
WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world and is used by nearly 75 million websites. According to WordPress, more than 409 million people view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. It also powers more than 25% of the world’s websites.
How we feel
What does LiteMedia think about their assessment of the most popular content management system in the world? They are absolutely fucking correct.
Being honest, I’m bias. I found the platform over ten years ago when I was 15 years old. The fascinating aspect of this platform is its evolution; over time I have watched this CMS go from a simple blogging platform to a highly functioning foundation for just about any type of website you can think of.
Prior to showing clients the inside potiental of WordPress in person, it is often hard to describe the technical details of why I insist WordPress will last over time. I believe the quote below does just that.
Systems that maximize connectivity between the pace layers offer organizations competitive advantage. WordPress’ ubiquity has driven it to enjoy a rich ecosystem of connectivity and integration, something that the baked-in WordPress REST API now extends that connectivity infinitely. This is why things will accelerate in 2017.
To say that “things accelerated in 2017” would be an understatement. Countless companies and developers have contributed and connected to the WordPress API. More and more developers are taking advantage of this open-source platform, using it as a tool to push their skills and showcase their talent. This very process is what I believe pushes the WordPress core further and further, year after year.
What company runs WordPress?
The company that manages the platform is Automattic. In particular they manage the release and collection of code snippets from developers around the world. These code snippets are ussually packages of code that add different functionality to the core of the WordPress platform.
Together with the support of the entire open-source community, Automattic demos new potiental functionality and debates if it is worth adding perminently to the platform or not. Once there is positive community input and no security vulnerbilities these code snippets are added to the WordPress core through a new update.