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Why WordPress is Most Popular CMS in Industry?

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There may be a plethora of content management systems on the internet, but none of them can hold a candle to WordPress and 16.2 million WordPress-powered websites are the evidence of the popularity of WordPress.

WordPress Statistics

WordPress is an absolutely amazing CMS that has the lion's share in the top 1 billion sites. According to a report published by W3 Techs with the title “Usage of CMS for Websites”, 24.5% of the websites that are using CMS are powered by WordPress. So as per Google Trends, WordPress is 5 times more popular than any other content management system available.

Torque, another popular news site dedicated to WordPress showed that the total monthly searches for WordPress are somewhere around 37 million, which is apparently huge. 

Also, was ranked in the 33rd position in the list of 100 most popular websites as of 26 March 2015.

Another story published by Forbes in 2012 with the title “With 60 Million Websites” mentioned that “WordPress Rules the Web. So Where's The Money?”. The issue stated that every 1 out of 6 websites uses WordPress as their platform which means 60 million websites in total.

Why has WordPress become the Darling of the Online World?

1. Ease of Use

WordPress is indisputably the easiest CMS to set up and use even if you are new to website development and programming.

It allows almost everyone including web developers, non-technical webmasters, and a 10-year-old kid to set up a site within minutes without having to dishearten for not being able to write a single line of code. It's simple enough that a hobbyist can build his/her blog in a day or two. It's easy enough that a school can set up a site and comprehend how to use it without going through the documentation and support forum.

WordPress was designed to help non-technical users who wanted to set up their blogs to communicate and share their opinions with the rest of the world. However, over the years, it has evolved to help not only bloggers but also businesses to create sites to foster their products and services among web users without requiring any technical knowledge.

2. A Plethora of Useful and Advanced Plugins

The most popular reason for the popularity of WordPress, apart from its open-source nature, of course, is the availability of tons of advanced plugins developed to help you extend the functionality of your website without being familiar with programming languages. WordPress plugins play a vital role in improving the functionality and usability of a website.

Whether you want to add a slider on the homepage to display your featured products or blog posts or need to tighten the security of your website or merely want to improve your site's performance, you don't have to turn over a lot of rocks to find the most suitable plugin for your website. It's always right there in the WordPress plugin directory ready to be used.

Some of the most popular WordPress plugins are BackupBuddy, Yoast SEO, WordFence, W3 Total Cache, and more.

3. Easy Customization

WordPress is also extremely flexible and versatile in terms of creating a customized website. A wide range of WordPress beautiful and feature-rich WordPress themes enable you to build a fully functional, aesthetically appealing, and dynamic website the way you want, without ever having to write a single line of code. From a simple blog to an e-commerce store to a business website, you can create anything.

You can change the background color, typography, sidebar location, content structure, navigation bar and so much more depending on the theme you have chosen for your website.

4. Secure

Well, you may have heard many tales of hacked WordPress websites. But the fact is the core software of WordPress is extremely secure. Moreover, WordPress rolls out the latest versions every now and then with security fixes and added functionality.

As mentioned earlier, WordPress provides tons of useful plugins that can extend your website functionality. And security WordPress plugins are no exception. They can be integrated into your website to harden the security of your website and prevent brute-force attacks.

5. Search Engine Friendliness

WordPress is one of the few Content Management Systems that help you optimize your website for search engines. What makes this CMS search engine friendly is its clean and simple code that enables Google and other search engines to crawl and index your website rapidly and conveniently. Also, it provides you with powerful SEO plugins that can be seamlessly integrated into the website to further optimize your website for search engines as well as help you improve the quality of your content.

6. Mobile Compatible

One of the biggest benefits of using WordPress for creating your website is its mobile-friendly structure. You don't have to build a different version of your website for mobiles and other devices available out there.

WordPress offers a range of responsive themes and plugins that can transform your existing non-mobile-friendly website into a mobile-friendly one.

7. Powerful and Dynamic Community

As WordPress is open-source software, it is a community software maintained by millions of volunteers and contributors. This powerful and dynamic community helps you solve any problem related to WordPress, its themes, or plugins. Millions of people are joining this community by creating a WordPress website and getting free support from other community members. You can also contribute by updating documentation, translating WordPress, or plugins, building themes, answering support questions, and more.


WordPress is indisputably a powerful and profound platform to establish your next online venture. However, like other platforms and CMS, WordPress isn't perfect too. Certain features that WordPress lacks include digital marketing requirements, fine-grained permissions, and complex workflows.

But still, WordPress deserves a top position in the list of popular Content Management Systems. It can be used by anyone to create a highly-interactive and intuitive WordPress website in no time.

Jason Daszkewicz
Jason is a renowned web development professional who works with WordSuccor Ltd., a leading WordPress Theme Development Company with a global reach.  He is a passionate blogger who loves to write and share everything about WordPress and new web design technologies.

Gangadhar Kulkarni

Gangadhar Kulkarni is an internet marketing expert and consultant having extensive experience in digital marketing. He is also the founder of Seogdk and Director at DigiTechMantra Solutions, a one-stop shop for all that your website needs. It provides you cost-effective and efficient content writing and digital marketing services.

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