WordPress training good choice for web pros
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The popularity of website content management systems (CMS) has driven their use to nearly half of all websites, with WordPress taking the top spot among all sites that use a website CMS. WordPress now manages one out of three websites on the Internet. Nearly one-third of all websites use a single platform, and it is WordPress. For those working or looking to work in web design and web development roles, learning WordPress will be useful in many of these roles, With such widespread use, there has never been a better time for web pros to take WordPress training and learn how to use WordPress.
How WordPress and Content Management Systems work
WordPress, like all content management systems, uses a database that contains all the information that users want to place onto their website, including text and images. WordPress also has templates for each type of page. When a visitor arrives at a WordPress website, the CMS combines the information from the database with the page template to create a web page for the site visitor. Different users with no web design or web development experience can easily use WordPress to add content to a website by filling-in web forms that add the information to the database. WordPress and other content management systems make it possible for non-technical users to easily add content to websites, which has caused them to increase in popularity. With WordPress, adding new content no longer requires the involvement of a webmaster or IT professional.
Growth of WordPress
In 2011 WordPress was used on 13% of all websites. At that time 76% of all websites did not use any content management system (CMS). In September of last year the number of websites that do not use any CMS has dropped to 37% and the number of sites using WordPress has grown to 31%. That is nearly one out of every three websites using WordPress.
WordPress and other content management systems
While WordPress use has expanded, there has also been growth in other content management systems as well. The content management systems of Joomla and Drupal occupy the number two and three spots for CMS use across the Internet. Like WordPress, both Joomla and Drupal have seen year-over-year growth in their use. Joomla is currently used on 1.8% of sites on the Web, while Drupal is used on 2.8% of all sites across the web. Out of all content managed sites, just over six out of 10 are being run on the WordPress platform, with Drupal and Joomla combined hosting 5% of all websites, or one out of every 20 sites.
WordPress popularity also drives expansion
As the leading content management system, many businesses decide to adopt WordPress simply because it is the most widely used. This provides a broader ecosystem of designer, developers, and accessible WordPress training. This occurs even when sites are more complex, require significant customization, and may be better suited for the more robust content management capabilities of Drupal or Joomla.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute. He is the co-author of Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies and more than 10 other books on design and digital publishing. He served as publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which has sold more than one million books on topics relating to InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Cloud apps. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers designers, and large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he also delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for more than 20 years.