Why should developers pick WordPress?

If you are a developer and haven't pick which web publishing train to jump to yet, here are few hints.

WordPress is used by Government agencies

At WordCamp San Franciso 2008 the list of government agencies using WordPress was revealed.

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Coast Guard
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • Department of Treasury
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Marine Corps
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • National Reconnaissance Agency
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Navy

(list from Mark)

If that does not impress you, visit WordPress Showcase for a list of famous people and companies using WordPress.

WordPress is more popular then competition

Judging by traffic numbers alone, WordPress is the most popular CMS. That insures growing need for developers.

google-trends-for-websites-wordpressorg-joomlaorg-drupalorg_1234465833257

WordPress Jobs are more abundant with every day

As more sites start using WordPress, there are more opportunities for WordPress developers each day. Check jobs.wordpress.net for some of the latest openings.

wordpress-jobs

WordPress development community is cool

WordPress is created by a joint effort of large number of contributors.

Developers like Ozh, Lester and Joost build quality plugins and offer them free of cost which helps new developers and also keeps the community growing.

WordPress is easy to learn!

WordPress development learning curve is among one of the most favorable around. Almost as easy as it is to install WordPress, it's easy to learn plugin development.

If you have some background in PHP and JavaScript, the transition will last only a couple of days. I have web designer friends who started building templates for WordPress and in few months learned to customize and modify plugins on their own.

Conclusion

If you are developer in soul and still haven't tried WordPress, now it's the right time to try. 'Nuff said.


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13 Comments

  1. Chad
    Apr 14th, 2009

    I agree that WordPress is wonderful (my personal site is running it) but comparing it to Drupal is apple and oranges. WordPress is blogging software that can be hacked to use for small CMS driven sites. Drupal IS a CMS package. Great for small, medium, or large CMS sites. Both are wonderful and I've built sites for clients with both but they're not the same and shouldn't be compared to each other this way.

  2. Chris Bolton
    Feb 18th, 2009

    Of course, WordPress is perfect, for pro or newbie bloggers. I emphasize the word bloggers here.

    WordPress is far from perfect for a business which requires a flexible CMS. This is where Expression Engine makes WordPress look like a kids toy.

  3. Feb 18th, 2009

    Hey Shane,

    I never said it's best, only that it's a good choice for developers ;) Haven't tried expression engine (it's not free so it kind of doesn't go with the rest here). MODx sounds very interesting I'll give it a go!

  4. Shane Sponagle
    Feb 18th, 2009

    Thanks for the Habari reference, I did not know about that one :)

    I agree that WP is one of the hottest tools out there. WP is the most popular but is not the best. It may be the best blog specific cms and may have one of the best interfaces (possibly) but you can only build certain type of sites with it without going under the hood and yo ae very dependent on community tools.

    Expression Engine is a more rounded tool and then there is MODx which is much more flexible and require no hacking. It is very relative what CMS to use. With so many new comers like Concrete5 and SilverStripe it is difficult to keep up with the trends.

  5. Feb 17th, 2009

    Hey Philip

    I played with both WordPress and Drupal and I can tell you that WordPress is much easier to handle. Maybe it has it's quirks but setting a site on WordPress is still a 5 minute job in most cases, which is really hard to beat.

    The statistics i put on, does not show download numbers but access numbers instead. Meaning numbers of people coming to download themes and plugins, therefore real user usage comparison.

  6. Feb 16th, 2009

    I like WordPress a lot, but the evidence you give in its support is a little bit dubious.

    1) "XYZ government agencies and corporations use it." You see that claimed by all kinds of software. Often times it means a few guys in a small corner of a huge organisation are using the software. The WP showcase makes it sound like the entire Wall Street Journal site runs off WordPress, or the whole of the US Navy uses it. Nope, only selected parts, for particular sites. For all we know, in most of these orgs it's a few guys running their blogs, not even using WP as a CMS.

    2) Download stats and google searches likewise mean nothing. Lots of people have cobbled together blogs that they don't even update any more, whereas the chances are people who've downloaded Drupal were pretty serious about building a significant website.

    Again, I like WordPress, it's just that the evidence you cite in it's support is not all that convincing.

  7. Feb 13th, 2009

    Amir - In my experience it's about equal. Some clients do not know what's out there and they just want the site done. Some want this or that platform specifically.

    Christy - That's good suggestion. This article goes from top to bottom but one can be made to do a bottom-up analysis (why is WordPress API good, etc..)

    Adam - Yep, community is the key!

    Andy C - That's funny :)

  8. Feb 13th, 2009

    Who do you think chooses the platform when creating a new website? The client or the developer?

  9. Feb 13th, 2009

    I agree with you--WordPress is a great tool for developers! However, instead of giving reasons like "It's more popular" or "the community is cool," why don't you tell people WHY it's more popular or WHY the community is cool?

    This article would be far better if you provided some insight into the features and capabilities of WordPress which make it a good choice for many developers instead of giving unsubstantiated comments with no real analysis or critical thinking.

  10. Feb 13th, 2009

    I have tried Habari, as well as many other platforms, but early on I found WordPress to be the easiest (for me) to learn and to hack on. I think the simple fact that there is such a huge community around it is probably one of the best things about WP.

  11. Feb 13th, 2009

    Hmm - possible new taglines for Habari:

    'Habari - the anti-social blogging platform'
    'Habari - the social blogging platform for your Auntie'.

    Although I'm not a developer but I can report that Habari does have a small, passionate, intelligent (but perfectly formed) development community.

    Not only that they are sociable and welcoming. They also seem to like the small, modular, well written clean code that forms Habari.

    I'm sure they are all wrong though and they could have made fortunes by continuing to hack on WP.

  12. Feb 12th, 2009

    I think Habari is carefully planned, intelligent project but has the same problem as most intelligent people - fails to be social.

    As things are, it's still ahead of it's time and is probably just lacking significant crowd/financial support to push it to main stream.

  13. Feb 12th, 2009

    WordPress is good and no doubt, but what's your opinion on Habari, which is possibly the closest platform philosophically to WordPress?

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