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Why I Love WordPress

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I have been using WordPress for the six years; developing using WordPress for five years; and contributing to the WordPress code base for four years. Over the course of this time I have found three things that make WordPress awesome.

1. The Community

One of the greatest things about WordPress is the community. I worked with many different open source and closed source development communities, and this is the best one that I have ever dealt with. There are a number of ways that you can get involved in the WordPress community.

You can participate in WordCamp, an informal, community organized event throughout the world that is open to users and developers to share ideas on WordPress. For more frequent events, look for WordPress Meetups in your area; I am part of a Meetup in San Antonio that is hosted at Geekdom on a monthly basis.

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Whether you have been working with WordPress for years, or if you just picked it up yesterday, all are welcome to WordPress events. In fact, some of the best people to get involved in your local community are the newer WordPress users because they bring a fresh perspective. The WordPress community is very welcoming and the dialogue about what people like and don’t like leads to some great improvements for everyone.

2. More Than A Blog

A lot of people look at WordPress and think of it as “just a blog.” While it was forked from a blogging piece of software, WordPress has evolved to be so much more than that. Many of the sites you go to on a daily basis are probably running on WordPress. WordPress is fully customizable and with such an active community, many people are creating amazing themes and plugins that push it well beyond simply being a blog.

3. It’s Free

A lot of people say, “You get what you pay for,” but with WordPress you get so much more than that. You get an awesome community, you get a piece of software that can be much more than a blog and you get it all for free. The only thing left now is to find some good hosting, throw up a WordPress site and begin writing content.

This is what I have found to be awesome about WordPress, what do you love about it? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below!

In a previous post, Matt talked about the importance of updating your WordPress site. Check out the WordPress tag for more WordPress articles on the Rackspace blog! Learn more about how Rackspace can help you with hosting your WordPress site.


About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Matt Martz.

Matt Martz is a Senior Linux Systems Engineer working in Rackspace Enterprise, specializing in high performance web serving. Matt is also a Contributing Developer on the WordPress project.

Follow Matt on Twitter at @sivel or on his blog.


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One of the reasons that I love WordPress is that it can give a voice to anyone who wants to write. I remember putting together a basic website in a Coleman hall dorm room back in the fall of 2000. I was amazed at how awesome it was that I could have my writing accessible to someone halfway across the globe. It was, however, cumbersome to maintain.

Today, I love how WordPress makes it easy for me to publish my thoughts and pictures to the web. No longer do you have to be a food critic to write about restaurants, a film critic to write about movies or an author to write short stories. While the web is the primary reason for this revolution, WordPress threw gasoline on the fire.

That’s why I love it.

avatar Garrett Heath [Racker] on June 6, 2012 | Reply

We love using WordPress for our clients because the platform facilitates getting robust, attractive sites up quickly. Plus, the plugin library allows us to add impressive functionality without the stress other mix-and-match systems can cause when add-ons don’t play nice with each other. Also, the SEO features make optimization and marketing way simpler.

avatar Cii Technology Solutions on June 6, 2012 | Reply

One thing I’ve always liked about WordPress is the available designs. While there are times I’m looking for a specific look and feel to a my site, most of the time I’m more concerned with delivering compelling and entertaining content. WordPress allows me to worry about the substance of my site while still maintaining a high level of functionality and design.

Also, WordPress, from my experience is very cloud friendly. One example is this plugin that allows a WordPress install to upload content to Rackspace Cloud Files – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/cloudfiles

avatar Joseph Palumbo on June 6, 2012 | Reply

I have been using WordPress since 2006 and although my technical knowledge has progressed through the years, I in no way define myself as being technical. The ease of use of WordPress allows a nontechnical person like me to put a website up in a cinch and allows me to write for the web easily. I love the fact that it’s open and anyone can develop useful plugins for it. We all have our own needs and the wide use and development of WordPress allows me the peace of mind that someone else has the same need and surely what I am looking for will be available.

avatar Angela Bartels on June 7, 2012 | Reply

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