What It Takes to Be WordPress: Now and ThenJacob
When Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg brought WordPress to the table in 2003, they would have expected less than by 2013 more than 61 million sites would be using CMS as their nerve center. But, this has happened, thanks to the many evolutions that the community brought about in the blogging platform. Not many of us would have reflected on the progress of this web-based platform, but it would definitely be interesting to trace the various changes it has undergone since its inception. Here’s a tribute to the CMS that evolves faster. Let’s take a close look and contrast WordPress from time to time.
So– It all started with shared hosting. Over the years, everything went smoothly, except for a few scalability issues that sometimes occurred. As the years passed, various hosts emerged and the VPS and dedicated server hosting options were also widely adopted. Each of these promised to meet user needs effectively.
Now- All three hosting options still prevail: Dedicated, Shared, and VPS, just like most hosting providers, but some names have definitely emerged as leaders. One of those names is WPEngine. This hosting service provider loaded its website with fast loading pages, enhanced WordPress security, and the ability to meet bandwidth requirements.
Then- Back then, only hand-coded HTML templates were used. They did not improve the aesthetic value of the site, but they were definitely functional. However, these were not ideal for various purposes.
Now- Today, WordPress prides itself on having a variety of themes and frames that can be easily customized to suit your web needs. Frames like Genesis are driving numerous websites, which are easily managed through an easy-to-use dashboard.
Then- It was the vanilla comment system that paved the way for comment management. While the system could handle up to 3,000 comments, it was also a major source of spam. During the time period when gravel and threaded comments were introduced, WordPress comments improved.
Now- Little by little, websites have adopted the native WordPress comment system. This gives users the advantage of performing updates through plugins instead of doing the same within the template. It has also significantly reduced spam, as visitors must sign up for an account before commenting.
So– Previous sites relied on the log file based analysis system. These systems were horrible, especially when it came to authenticating the results you were seeing.
Now- The Google Analytics tool governs the chicken coop. It has only evolved since its inception, allowing numerous commercial sites to grow alongside them. You get the benefit of search filtering, real-time tracking, keyword popularity search, and more.
WordPress sidebars and ads:
Then- The side bars were hand coded and everything was embedded in them. Some developers even used HTML tables to encode sidebars. On the advertising front, things were controlled by AdSense. The developers pasted the AdSense code where they thought it was relevant. Along the way, the sidebars were replaced by widgets, which minimized the need for coding.
Now- The sidebars have finally found the freedom of manual encoding! Everything is already configured in WordPress, including plugins, widgets and menu. This is the most favorite part for most WordPress developers.
These were some of the significant changes that can be traced through WordPress’ evolutionary lines from a blogging platform to a complete content management system. Thanks to Matt and his team for creating the most flexible platform on the web.