WordPress as a CMS Way back in 2003, WordPress released its first version as a simple blogging platform and continued to improve, until it became the most popular blogging tool. It continued to improve as a CMS (Content Management System) and has a reputation now for being the most popular Content Management System.
Now, the question is where will it go next? No one really knows the answer for this question. But recent versions of WordPress have included popular web development libraries such as Backbone.js and Underscore.js, and developers are even building different types of applications with WordPress. So we can assume that it’s moving towards the direction of building applications.
The following are some of the reasons behind the success of WordPress as a CMS:
- Plugin-based architecture for adding independent modules and the existence of over 30,000 open source plugins
- Super simple and easy-to-access administration interface
- Fast learning curve and comprehensive documentation for beginners
- Rapid development process involving themes and plugins
- Active development community with awesome support
- Flexibility in building websites with its themes, plugins, widgets, and hooks
- Search engine friendly
- Security updates
These reasons prove why WordPress is the top CMS for website building. But experienced developers who work with full stack web applications don’t believe that WordPress has a future in web application development. I have been working with full stack frameworks for several years and I certainly believe in the future of WordPress for web development.