The WordPress platform, when it was released in 2004, was an unassuming piece of software aimed at making the lives of the blogging community a little bit easier. Back then, nobody could have imagined that the WordPress platform would turn into a behemoth powering almost a quarter of all websites in the world, turning into one of the pillars supporting the internet on the whole. According to Business2BusinessCommunity, this platform is almost single-handedly responsible for the creation of an entire industry.
"The Industry created by WordPress such as website development, hosting, theme and plug-in development, security, and support is responsible for over 1 Billion dollars in earnings annually. A 2014 survey conducted by WordPress showed that 25% of WordPress users earned their income from the platform."
Created in 2004, just before the major upsurge in blogging, WordPress managed to catch the exact right time for launch. Another lucky strike happened when its major competitor in the early period, Movable Type, changed its pricing strategy soon after the release of WordPress, which encouraged a great number of their clients to move over to WordPress, as it was free.
Right now, it has over 60 million users all over the world, and this number is constantly growing – thanks in no small part to the fact that WordPress themes, providing an easy access to professional-level design for everybody, even the commercial ones, have significantly dropped in value in recent years. And for those who don't want to spend anything, there are always free themes at their disposal.
"Truth is, most individual WordPress bloggers do not create their own blog themes. Rather, what most of us do is pick a ready-made theme (or a raw theme) and customize it according to our needs. There are endless numbers of beautiful (and useful) WordPress themes around the Internet – a simple search on Google will lead you to millions."
However, WordPress wouldn't have been responsible for almost a quarter of all websites on the internet if it weren't regularly updated with new features, functions, and protective measures against exploits and attacks. The "Benny" update, which happened last autumn, brought a number of features that were long in the waiting, according to the Inquisitr.
"For most bloggers commenting on the update so far, WordPress 4.0 adds much easier media embedding and uploading while the "endless preview" pane for blog article editing means less scrolling and faster input".
All in all, the WordPress platform keeps making life easier both for casual and professional bloggers.