Powering around 33% of all websites, WordPress has emerged as the content management system of choice. Even though it’s quite popular, there are many facts you are probably not aware of when it comes to WordPress functionalities.
This is why we’ve prepared an infographic which tells the illustrious story of this CMS.
But before we get there:
We’ll explore deeper some of its most interesting aspects.
Let’s have a look at what makes WordPress the most favored CMS on the planet.
You Can Use WordPress in 180 Languages
WordPress is available in 180 languages around the world. Over 46 of WordPress locals versions are active at the time of writing. Another 25 versions are close to being fully translated (think 90%-95% completion), and 36 are running at a rate of over 50%.
WordPress is continuously integrating more translations onto its platform. This means that nearly everyone around the world will be able to use the platform in their language before too long.
But that’s not all:
There are even plugins that facilitate WordPress translation. A good example is Loco Translate, which provides in-browser editing of WordPress translation files. The plugin adds a built-in translation editor within the WordPress dashboard.
This means that developers can create and update language files directly in a website’s theme or plugin.
You may have wondered:
How many people does it take to translate WordPress into a certain language?
Well, it depends on the language. Some translations require the work of a single person. Others need the help of hundreds of contributors.
Check this out:
According to official stats, the Italian translation of WordPress has the most contributors. As many as 2118 people have contributed so far. That’s more than twice the population of the Vatican.
WordPress Is more than a Blogging Platform
While WordPress is designed to function as a blogging platform, it does much more.
Here’s the deal:
You can enhance it with plugins and use it as an e-commerce platform or for educational purposes.
Want to run your own social network?
No problem, WordPress has a plugin for that, too. You can also build forums, Q&A sites, microblogging platforms, classifieds sites, all kinds of online shops, and much more.
Creating online communities is essential for website traffic. A good, trustworthy community will keep users coming back for more. With WordPress, you have the power to build an online society without much effort. And usually without spending a dime.
Whether you want to build a business website or host your online community, WordPress provides a solution. You can have fun developing whatever you want.
A Bunch of Feature-rich Themes
There are tons of WordPress themes, and that’s a game changer. Some of them are free, and some are paid. Nevertheless, they all bring lots of features.
Just because a WordPress theme is free, it doesn’t mean it is of low quality. With that in mind, a premium theme offers more options and better support.
What’s great about both free and premium themes is the fact they can be modified to suit your preferences.
Don’t like your website theme’s background? No problem, you can change it. Or maybe the website’s header is a bit too big? You can make it smaller.
You don’t need to be a hardcore developer to modify a theme. All that is required is some knowledge of CSS, HTML, and PHP. You can edit virtually any element of your website’s appearance, add functions, modify preset parameters, and so on.
Akismet Keeps Junk out of Websites
Akismet is an anti-spam plugin. It keeps WordPress sites clean from low-quality user-generated content.
A comment with tons of links is considered spam. So is malicious code posted in the comments section or sent with the contact form.
Akismet uses the power of crowdsourcing to protect sites from potential threats. When a user marks a comment as spam, it goes into Akismet’s database.
When the same comment gets posted on another website, Akismet automatically labels it as spam and blocks it. That way, users contribute to Akismet’s spam fighting abilities.
The plugin is useful because of its detailed statistics. Users can see the number of spam comments for a desired period, as well as missed spam and false positives (when a legit comment is marked as spam).
Matt Mullenweg, one of the founders of WordPress, created Akismet to help his mom blog safely. It grew to be one of the most efficient spam-fighting services in the world.
Support for about 41% of All Online Stores
A staggering 41% of online shops around the globe run on WooCommerce, a WordPress e-commerce plugin. It is immensely popular among shop owners because it makes it extremely easy to turn a WordPress site into a fully functional online store.
One of the many things that make WooCommerce — and thus WordPress —such a good e-commerce platform is the detailed information about online sales. You can see sales figures to date, for the last month, or even for a specific date range.
WooCommerce also shows sales by category or product, customer downloads, stock, coupons and discounts. And it’s all free. Not a bad deal, huh?
Blogs Written in over 120 Languages
WordPress blogs are written in over 120 languages. More than 70% of all posts are in English, statistics show. Spanish is the second most popular language with 4.7% of all publications. Indonesian-speaking bloggers contribute around 2.4% of all WordPress posts.
All in all, blog owners produce around 70 million posts each month. There are even more comments: 77 million. You can say WordPress is a multi-language communications platform that empowers people from all over the world to share their ideas and opinions in a way they can be understood.
Premium Support and Easy to Use Interface
One of the reasons so many people love WordPress is its user-friendly interface. There is a dedicated online community and extensive documentation which provides support and makes content management easier.
What’s more, WordPress offers support to users through FAQs and troubleshooting guides. Developers can catch-up on updates and new stuff on one of the many WordCamp events hosted around the world.
To learn more about this immensely popular CMS, check out the enticing infographic below.