Modern websites are built upon framework which allows website owners to manage the contents and takes away all the hassle to get web developers to update even the simplest contents. This also reduces extra cost of managing a site. Besides saving cost on every single changes or updates - it becomes convenient for you to alter or add any content at any time and from anywhere as long as you have access to Internet.
Choosing such framework can be confusing but businesses looks at building sites on top of Content Management System (CMS) which is open source and easily transferable to any hosting provider without getting tied up to a specific hosting or platform.
Popularity of WordPress as CMS
Most of the CMS based website is built on one of the most popular and light weighted open source CMS called WordPress (www.wordpress.org). Well-known companies like Sony, Yahoo, Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, CNN, PlayStation and many more are using WordPress as their web CMS.
According to W3Techs, almost 55% of the 1 million most visited websites that are run on a content management system (CMS) are run on WordPress. WordPress is a darn fine CMS and is stable and easy to use, beating Joomla and Drupal in the CMS popularity. This clearly indicates that as a web developer is quite essential to know about this largest CMS in the market.
Continuous development of this CMS also ensures that it is always ensuring security and stability when it comes to managing sites on it. It also ensures your website is complying with the latest web standards - HTML5 and CSS3. Also the new version of WordPress (CMS) along with installed SEO plug-in (application) ensures all your contents are Search Engine friendly by doing automatic SEO as you start adding your content.
WordPress is expandable or modular. This means you can create a simple website to an advanced E-Commerce sites.
In a recent research carried out by Smashing Magazine about WordPress and here's the interesting factors:
53% of respondents described themselves as WordPress developers.
36% described themselves as self-employed WordPress developers.
170,000 websites had been built by survey respondents.
61% of respondents use WordPress just as a CMS, 31% as a CMS and a blog, and only 8% as just a blog.
Respondents reported being paid between US$5 – US$2000 per hour (sadly, the $2,000 per hour report is not from me).
The average hourly rate is US$58 and the median is US$50.
2,800 people use WordPress as their primary source of income.
According to the founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little the popularity of WordPress lies in it's simplicity -
“WordPress is often replacing an existing proprietary or inflexible CMS, usually at a tenth of the cost. People want more direct control over their websites.”
Want to do WordPress Training?
This short course, taught over 14 hours, teaches students how to develop a professional quality website using the WordPress.
We will teach you how to use the WordPress software system to create anything from a simple brochure website for a business, an online booking system for a rental property or a full scale e-commerce functional website selling products/services and accepting payments online.
The course also covers basic theme development technique and also use of tools to develop themes with less efforts. Students who successfully complete the course are amazed with the skills they acquire and the opportunities available in this exciting area within industry.
A basic working knowledge of Photoshop and/or Illustrator will be an advantage for this course.
Want to Register for the Course?
We are planning to run the course at Raffles College of Design and Commerce on the following dates -
8 April – 15 April 2013
10 June – 17 June 2013
Classes are 2 Mondays, Wednesday (6pm to 9pm) and Saturday (10am to 3.30pm) - 4 sessions - Total 14 hours
To know more about the course and to register click HERE