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Why WordPress still rocks in 2023, and will in 2024

WordPress is a popular choice for businesses of all sizes, from small startups to large corporations. It is also commonly used for e-commerce stores, personal websites and blogs. Actually, WordPress emerged as a humble blogging platform in 2003 but it has since evolved into a versatile powerhouse. Twenty years later WordPress powers 43% of all websites in the internet, that is roughly 810 million websites. How did it achieve such a remarcable milestone? The short answer is (1) ease of use, (2) flexibility and (3) community support.

WordPress usage stats table
CMS Stats from W3 techs

There are two flavours WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com operates as a commercial option, offering various plans and pricing that individuals or businesses can choose and use upon payment. This model is akin to competitors like Webflow, Squarespace, or Wix.

On the other hand, WordPress.org represents the open-source variant, freely available for anyone. Its development is openly nurtured by a global community of thousands of contributors. Anyone interested can participate by visiting their GitHub repository. Unlike the commercial counterpart, there are no plans or fees; instead, users download the latest version, host it on a chosen server with a domain (along with the necessary database), and start building their website. This option demands a deeper technical understanding than the commercial version. One needs to get one’s hands dirty. In this area, the open source, Drupal or Joomla stand as notable alternatives.

Nevertheless, WordPress continues to lead and expand its reach, both in the commercial and the open source domain. Here at Alltihop we are committed to contributing to its ongoing success 😉.

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