Why WordPress?

WordPress has, according to the Open Source CMS Market Share Report 2009
(www.cmswire.com/downloads/cms-market-share), become the most popular blog—and content
management—system in the world. It is a flexible system that can be used to create sites for businesses,
project collaborations, university departments, artist portfolios, and (of course!) personal or group blogs. It requires only PHP and a MySQL database, and it can run on Apache or IIS web servers.
But what is it, and why would you use it?
Why WordPress?
WordPress is one of many PHP/MySQL content management systems that allow content editors to use a
web interface to maintain their sites instead of editing and uploading HTML files to a server. Some
systems, like Movable Type and Textpattern, have reputations as good blogging platforms. Others such
as Joomla, Drupal, and Expression Engine are more commonly associated with commercial or
community sites. WordPress began as a blogging tool, but early on the developers added pages as a separate content type. This opened the door for people who didn’t want a blog, but did want an easy, web-based interface to create and manage web content. (And if they later decided they needed a blog after all, the world’s best was just one menu click away!) Since then, the page features have evolved. Whether WordPress acts a blogging tool or a true content management system, then, depends on which content you choose to emphasize in your site.
Despite its flexibility as a simple content management system, and despite winning the Overall Best
Open Source CMS Award at the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards, WordPress is still widely considered to
be a blogging tool. So why would you choose WordPress over a more traditional CMS?
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