18.9% of Self-Hosted Websites on the World Wide Web use the WordPress Platform, according to Manage WP. This means that 74.6 million websites are dependent on the CMS Platform. This is a massive statistic and proves just how WordPress can benefit anyone who is looking at either updating their website or creating a new website entirely. There is also 40 WordPress Translations, 6 new posts a minute and amazing WordPress only employs a total of 229 people. Even though there are only 229 employees, WordPress has had a total of 98 versions since it was first ever developed 11 years ago…
History of WordPress
On May 27, 2003, Matt Mullenweg announced the official first version of WordPress. It was solely based on b2 Cafelog. Cafelog was the 2001s answer to the perfect blog. At this time, I was only 4 years old, but looking at this site I think, “wow, how things have changed.” Anyway, b2 is a classy news/weblog tool (at its prime), the way this worked was very unusual. As I am typing this article I am realising how easy it is to blog nowadays, but in 2001, it was another story.
b2 Cafelog required you to have a server that could run PHP4 and a MySQL database, within the MySQL you had to install b2. From there you can add your blog to b2. The Cafelog website hasn’t been updated since 23.03.04 but obviously, it’s still running!
The first version of WordPress included a brand-new administration interface and generated XHTML 1.1 compliant templates. This is what the original WordPress website Admin looked like:
A year later in May 2004, WordPress version 1.2 was released. This update came with a great Plugin architecture that allowed Developers & Users to extend the functionality of their WordPress Site. As WordPress begin to expand their reach to internet users, blogging was going in the opposite direction. The leader in the market at that time was Moveable Type, the downfall was – new licensing terms, many users of Movable Type were disappointed, resulting in moving to an alternative platform. Matt had the answer with WordPress 1.2.
As WordPress increased their users, they began to develop better functionality to the WordPress site including Pages, a Brand new default theme called Kubrik, a brand new Theme System & comment moderation tools. When WordPress 1.5 was announced, Matt said this:
In 1.5 we have created an incredibly flexible theme system that adapts to you rather than expecting you adapt to it. You can have your entire weblog run through a single file, just like before, or you can literally have a different template for every single different category. It’s as much or as little as you want. We’ve also broken common site elements like headers, footers, and sidebars into their own files so you can make a change in one place and see it everywhere immediately.
In today’s world, the current version of WordPress 4.1.1 has a huge range of functionality including mobile apps that allow you to create and edit posts from your preferred mobile device. Images can also be drag and dropped into the editor and upload. Another cool function that WordPress has introduced is the Gallery. Once images have been uploaded you can select more than one image and a gallery will automatically be created. Also, E-Commerce is also a Huge part of the WordPress Site. All this and you can create a gorgeous WordPress Site for FREE. Although there are some additional features that you have to pay for.
How a WordPress Site Can Benefit You
Whether you run an e-commerce store, Own a Magazine, Run a Hotel Chain, Offer Driving Tuition or even Headmaster a school; A WordPress Site might be just right for you. I am going to give you a few examples of WordPress site’s that work beautifully, and maybe source one for yourself.
E-Commerce WordPress Site
A website called ThemeForest allows you to download already created WordPress Site Themes. This one I found is called Harvest and only cost $59 dollars which are around £40.00. Here is an example of an E-Commerce WordPress Site:
As you can see, this basic Template is still beautiful, a full-screen image, stylish Navigation, and even a login/register page. All of the orders can be accounted for in the Admin is you use a plugin like WooCommerce, or you can use the likes of Shopify if you wish. My personal recommendation would be using WooCommerce. All orders are handled within the Admin area, you can also send out automatic emails to customers, this allows you to let the customer know that the order has been sent out or their order has been received. Here is an example of what this themes shop looks like:
Obviously, WordPress Sites are very versatile while being developed but do require a bit of work even if you do just buy a theme. If you have a Web Developer at your disposal you can speak to them about what is best for your WordPress Site, a theme or a custom development.
Check out our fantastic example of using a WooCommerce WordPress Site: Double X Gourmet Coffee
Magazine WordPress Site
If you are looking to start your own online magazine, then a WordPress Site is 1000% perfect for you. Again while having a quick browse on ThemeForest I came across some amazing Magazine WordPress Sites. Here is the one I picked to depict it to you:
This theme is called Titans, it is a fully functioning WordPress Magazine Site, with working social sharing buttons and a great layout! This allows you to but all the content into one place through the Admin under Posts. From there you can create your categories and add them to a menu so you can access what topic you’re interested in the most. Here is what an individual article looks like:
As you can see it has a nice layout with a great heading set-up and good sized image. From an SEO perspective, this theme is fantastic, the posts are set out well which allows for easy sharing and Search Engine Optimisation.