We started working with WordPress some four years ago or so and haven’t looked back. This is from a group that developed and deployed its own CMS for a number of years. It’s not that we aren’t capable of our programming but you just can’t beat thousands of developers working together to help continuously improve a product. The WordPress platform gives us a solid tool from which we can customize to whatever degree a client needs. With the vast array of plug-ins and widgets available—from storefronts and calendars to form tools and image galleries—there is very little you can’t do within the WP family.

From the client’s point of view, developing from an established platform cuts down on development time, increases product stability and security, and saves money. Not much to not like there. Probably one of the most popular features about WP is the ability of clients to easily and quickly edit their own sites. The WP editing panel is easy to navigate and understand making it a fast learn for clients looking for in-house editing capabilities. WordPress is well-supported and almost anything a developer or client would want to know can be found on the WP web site. Following are few of the more handy links:

  • WordPress Plugins – Go crazy. If you can imagine it, someone has probably already developed or is developing a plug in for what you want to do.
  • WordPress For Beginners – If you’re new to WP, this is a great place to start. Easy lessons let you build your skills and understanding. Help topics are logically organized.
  • WordPress Administration – This is a very handy reference for in-house people who are responsible for keeping their company’s site updated.
  • Dealing With Spam – One of things about using a web site as a real communications tool is that you’re going to get some unwanted commentary. Thankfully, WP has you covered with this primer on how to deal with spam.
  • Users and Authors – One of the coolest features of WordPress is you have the ability to set different levels of access depending on what you need each user or author to do.

This isn’t the definitive list of WordPress features or knowledge. There’s way too much to list in this brief outline. But, if you’d like to learn more, you can find about how it all began and more on WordPress features and development here. It’s quite a story and worth the read.