WordPress Exposes Itself


WordPress has released a new control panel and desktop app, making it even easier for individuals and companies to effectively manage and update their WordPress.com websites. An even bigger announcement is that WordPress is now built on JavaScript and REST API, moving the platform to open source.

For the uninitiated, WordPress currently powers approximately 25% of all websites. Originally launched as a blogging platform, WordPress evolved into a powerful content management system (CMS) capable of  handling sophisticated sites. The separation between the core code, front-end design themes, and an endless library of plugins make WordPress a smart option when  considering a web project.

While WordPress has always enjoyed a sizable following among theme designers and plugin developers, the move to open source allows an even greater number of application developers to contribute to the project via GitHub, which translates into more timely feedback and continued product enhancements.

I have been working with WordPress for over ten years, and have effectively used it to develop website for clients ranging from tiny startups to enterprise level corporations. WordPress remains a strong contender when advising clients regarding their website needs, especially if ease of management, strong SEO integration, and the ability to scale are important to the client.

The new WordPress desktop client is even available for Mac, which should endear it to an even greater number of adopters.

From rapid site development, to the ability to allow clients to manage their own site content while leaving the core functionality safely in the hands of a developer or agency,  WordPress is a powerful and capable website framework and content management system that deserves a fresh look.