Tumblr, Blogger, TypePad, and Posterous; sure they’re cute for their own reasons, but make no mistake, they just can’t touch WordPress. A study by Pingdom recently found that WordPress is dominating the competition, where 48 out of the world’s top 100 blogs and 51% of all blogs are currently using it as their blogging platform of choice. Started nearly 9 years ago, WordPress has become more than just another tool, it’s become a staple for designers and site owners worldwide.
1. Ease of use
With its 5 minute install process, anyone can set up a self-hosted WordPress site with minimum or no previous experience.
Unlike some of the other options, WordPress has a vast collection of themes. Even the most acclaimed themes typically cost under $100, while many are free. With most themes, little or no design experience is required (although it does help). The Thesis and Headway themes are a great place to start.
WordPress has a strong developer network and thus has a constant and competitive stream of plugins to choose from. The plugins can range from SEO (Yoast, All in One SEO Pack), to comments (Disqus, Livefyre), to social sharing (Digg Digg, Sharebar), to almost anything else you can think of. If you’ve seen it on a blog before, chances are there’s a plugin for it.
Because WordPress has been on the block for a while, it’s built up an enthusiastic fan base of users who’ve created countless sites and articles on how to work with and tweak WordPress to make it your own. The amount of how to information and free advice for the taking is staggering.
WordPress is here to stay and should only continue to get better. With each new version, WordPress becomes more competitive and accessible to even the most casual of bloggers. There’s good reason why half of the top blogs use it. Other platforms can get the job done and work fine, but it’s proven that professionals trust WordPress. For the time being, there’s nothing quite like it.