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!
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