WordPress powers 23 % of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015. It is the most popular free blogging system on the web. It is a free open platform since 2003 for creating websites, mainly blogs. Over the years, it has evolved into a versatile content management system (CMS) that could do a lot of things that you may never imagine possible.
WordPress removes the technical barriers for creating any kind of website. We no longer need to know coding in order to build a visually stunning, fully functional and professional website (unless you want to). I still remember the old innocent days (2007) where I needed to maintain web pages using a specific software. Every new page added required me to update the whole website in order to add a new link to the new page. What a nightmare!
What WordPress can do?
WordPress is truly versatile and it can serve multiple purposes. Below is a list of some (not all) of the common usages of WordPress.
Obviously. This website is a blog.
A static website normally contains only a few pages (from 1 to 10 or 20 pages) that showcases a business profile or personal profile or to spread the words for certain awareness to the web. Its content will never change and that’s why it is called static website. For example, you can create your wedding page to inform people about the event (or count-down to an event), or display your CV/resume.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) and it creates a dynamic website where content will be added regularly. It helps to organize the content and the user only need to care about creating content. Examples are magazine site, news site, etc.
Directory & listing site
If you have a large collection of data of companies, websites, properties, etc, you might need a directory for listing. A WordPress theme can help.
Classified ads site
You could let people post their ads on your website. If you wished, you could also charge them for posting.
You could let people post their articles on your website. This is useful for building a content site.
You could be a job listing webmaster. Employers can post their vacancies on your site and job-seekers can find their job here.
You can create an online community about anything.
Social network site
You can create your own Facebook.
You can start your own dating site. Find a partner today.
You can micro-blog like Twitter using P2.
You can host videos like YouTube.
Be a musician.
If you are a photographer, you can show off your photos with a personal gallery.
You can start a paid content membership site.
You can open an online store.
If you know where to find tons of deals, you can start another Groupon.
If you are an online marketer, you need a killer landing page for your product.
Question and answer site
If you are an expert in certain areas, you can start a Quora or StackOverflow-like site.
Learning management site
If you are an educator or a student, you can manage your courses with a site.
Issue tracking site
If you are a software developer, you need to track your issues by submitting tickets.
If you are a travel agent, you can start a booking system for your business.
You can provide support via a help desk.
You can create a knowledge base for your products or services.
You can write your reviews and give rating to the products or services that you use.
Price comparison site
If you shop often, you can start a price comparison site.
You can create quizzes to test your visitors.
If you need to create a network of sites including blog, forum, e-commerce, review, etc, then you can try create a multipurpose site.
If you want to tell your story in one page, then you need a parallex theme that gives a scrolling website with a creative, interesting and intrinsically narrative driven experience.
Apps showcase site
If you are an app developer, then you need an app showcase site.
If you find a WordPress theme that you like from other website, you can clone it using ThemeMatcher!
There is an app for that. – iPhone ad in 2008
As the famous quote for Apple store goes “There’s is an app for that”, whatever you want to do with your website, there is also a WordPress plugin/theme for that. You just need to search for it.
If you know more capabilities of WordPress that is not mentioned here, please share in the comment.
Finally, in order to explore the full power of WordPress, you need to have your own hosting and domain name. For that, I highly recommend Dreamhost, my favorite web hosting provider.
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