A lot has changed in the last 16 years since I began building websites. In years gone by, when a client needed to make an update to their site, they would need to learn some code, the basics of FTP, as well as be able to to troubleshoot their own mistakes. Or, pay myself or someone else to get into the code and make the changes for them.
These days, nearly all websites are built on a database, where site owners can go in and make simple updates themselves. Websites are now built using Content Management Systems (CMS). These CMS’s put a great degree of control in the hands of the website owner. Rather than having to learn how to code and deal with the back-end of a website, site owners can now learn a simple web-based software and make their own updates and changes.
The Content Management System that fits the needs of the widest variety of needs is WordPress. WordPress is a game changer for web development and content deployment. It accelerates the development of websites while putting a great degree of control into the hands of the site owner. As of writing this document, over 20% of websites use WordPress’s technology.
One would think that WordPress has put many a web designer/developer out of work. In actuality, the work has just changed. Web designers and developers can accomplish more faster, and create a more robust system for their clients. Companies like The New Yorker, BBC America, Sony Music, Best Buy and Xerox build their sites using WordPress.