Without doubt, WordPress is the CMS of choice right now for most of the web. This has been true for some years now, and looks to be the case for at least the foreseeable future. This is despite competition from CMSs like Joomla and Drupal and other web-building platforms like Wix and Weebly. But why is WordPress top dog? Why did you start using WordPress? The WordPress core (on its own) isn’t the reason, so what is? In my opinion, WordPress’ success is down to the quantity and quality of the WordPress themes and plugins available. By installing a well-chosen theme and a few plugins, you can have a great looking website with all the functionality it needs. Most of us would probably agree with this idea – it’s hardly groundbreaking, after all. However, it was recently suggested that the Jetpack plugin was strongly linked to the WordPress platform’s success. This claim was made by Matt Mullenweg of Automattic, the developers of Jetpack. Matt’s quote was, “In the absence of Jetpack, I believe WordPress would be declining.” This was later clarified with, “Naked WordPress (without plugins) is not competitive to Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, etc.” Was this an almost embarrassing display of self-congratulatory
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