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September 08, 2015

WordPress is the Democratization of Personal Publishing

Score 10 out of 101
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Software Version

3.4

Overall Satisfaction with WordPress

I use WordPress to build and run websites for clients across a wide spectrum of business types and website needs. Utilizing plugins and custom code i create solutions for ecommerce, brochure, information, lead generation and product specification websites for small businesses, entrepreneurs and advertising / marketing agencies. It is rare that I find an application needed by a small business that cannot be met by WordPress.
  • Offers easy-to-use back end management of content for non-technical users, making updating basic content achievable without contracting a developer.
  • Offers a wide variety of plug-able features to expand functionality without adding bloat allowing a wide range of custom applications without unnecessary or unneeded features crowding the system.
  • Offers basic on-page SEO optimization out of the box with little or no configuration allowing site owners to focus on their content.
  • Offers a wide variety of theme options that can be used without the need for a designer or developer, but also provide a lot of flexibility to creat unique, custom solutions as well.
  • WordPress has been slow to implement an internal API, though this should be addressed over the next year.
  • The sheer number of plugins and themes available can be overwhelming to new users.
  • Documentation is often intended for developers and advanced users making initial use without help a difficult learning process.
  • Faster website development cycle
  • A thousand hour head start on basic functions such as user and file management.
  • Large community of active developers willing to help with issues and ideas
  • Ability to rapidly prototype sites
WordPress offers a combination of power and ease of use that no other system matches. For 98% of all small business websites it is completely capable and is going to be easier for clients to use, resulting in fewer support issues. In the rare cases where something is needed that WordPress simply isn't suited to, I find that Drupal usually provides a solution that works.
WordPress is well suited to a very wide range of applications and shines when used for content management, periodic news, product information and comparison, and ecommerce applications.

Community interaction websites may not find all of the features they need readily available, and sites needing to display a large amount of data that is heavily cross referenced or that needs very complex data structures may have a hard time building out the necessary site structure.

WordPress Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
9
Code quality / cleanliness
10
Admin section
10
Page templates
10
Library of website themes
10
Mobile optimization / responsive design
10
Publishing workflow
10
Form generator
9
Content taxonomy
10
SEO support
10
Bulk management
8
Availability / breadth of extensions
10
Community / comment management
10
API
6
Internationalization / multi-language
9
Role-based user permissions
10