Since its inception in 2003, Wordpress has become one of the most popular blogging platforms on the Internet.
As of today, it has a staggering 71,955,346 users - a jump of 9232 since I checked Wordpress’ stats page half a day ago. What’s more, it’s free for basic users.
If you’re suspicious of numbers, here’s a question for you. What’s common to the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/blogs/directory.html) , Forbes http://blogs.forbes.com/, Reuters http://blogs.reuters.com/us/, Sony’s Playstation http://blog.us.playstation.com/ , Mashable http://mashable.com/, eBay http://ebayinkblog.com/, the Rolling Stones http://www.rollingstones.com/, Katy Perry http://www.katyperry.com/, Stylewatch http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/ and the American Republican Party http://gop.com/?
You got it - each of them uses Wordpress’ blogging platform to disseminate their news and information!
Don’t get thrown off by their elaborate website design, though - a Wordpress blog can actually look as simple as Leo Babauta’s mnmlist.com, and it’s simple enough to set up all by yourself.
Why do I like Wordpress so much?
For blogging aficionados and business owners, Wordpress.com offers many features that even its main competitor - Blogger - doesn’t have just yet. As soon as you sign in for a free account, you can create as many blogs as you need.
All your blog URLs will have .wordpress.org attached at the end, but you can have your own domain for $13 a year. Here are some of the key features a Wordpress blog has:
Your blog can be either full-on blog, fully static or a hybrid of both. Multiple authors on a single blog The best security of any blogging platform. Using an updated version of Wordpress is the best way to keep your websites safe from hackers and viruses.
A plugin called Publicize that you can use to share your blog content on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn and Path. For business users, this plugin also sends your posts out to various search engines, thus increasing your pageviews and traffic GB of space is alloted to you for your posts and uploaded media (music, videos, images etc). You can, of course, buy space upgrades (link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/space-upgrade/) starting for as low as $20.
A tool to track the number of visitors (or “hits”) your blog receives Several hundred free themes, a lot of which you can modify to your taste The Akismet plugin that automatically filters out spam from your comment inbox.
Most importantly, mobile access from Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad or any Internet-equipped cellphone. Access to nearly 28,000 plugins, including several thousand free plugins that can do pretty much anything short of cooking your dinner!
Apart from this, Wordpress also offers other premium features (http://store.wordpress.com/) such as custom template designs, URL redirect and even a “guided transfer”, where Wordpress’ engineers personally set up a Wordpress-powered site at a domain of your choice, including a few plugins for good measure .
The beauty of this arrangement is that you can pick and choose your upgrades as you need them, and you’ll hardly realize when your all-too-simple blog turned into a full-grown professional business platform.
Keep watching this space for our review of Wordpress’ latest update - Wordpress 3.7, released October 24 2013. It’s being described as one of the biggest events in the blogosphere this year, and we’re inclined to agree.