If the project includes content management, WordPress is # 1 in the technology stack. With it, you can create a landing page, an online store, a training platform, a CRM and even an ERP system without a single line of code, just base on ready-made free and paid themes and plugins through a visual interface in the control panel. The API of the system is very well thought out and allows you to manage and configure almost anything, without crutches and the invention of bicycles.
Today, more than 40% of the 10 million popular websites are power by WordPress .
What can WordPress do?
The system allows you to quickly check ideas without wasting a lot of time and money. So in the case of opening an online store, the most time consuming choice will be the choice of a payment aggregator and an online checkout, most of which have ready-made plugins for connecting to WordPress. Products can be import from the fold system along with images or load from a file.
The WordPress.org repository contains over 7,400 open source themes and 50,000 plugins, from simple sliders to blog editors, all with built-in WYSIWYG alternatives. As well as powerful e-commerce solutions and add-ons.
At the same time, the appearance and functionality of WordPress, including connections to third-party systems, can be change without affecting the content and without redoing what has already been implement. This significantly reduces the cost of revision and modernization and allows you to quickly solve the problems of a growing business.
The use of API by developers is key for the further growth and development of the WordPress Development project. The system API is represent by hooks (filters and events) .
The minimum set of plugins for most sites:
- security plugin – protects against password guessing, blocks bots, and so on. In paid versions, two-factor authentication and much more are available ;
- SEO plugin – for creating optimize titles and descriptions, assessing the quality of content, adding Schema.org data, setting up sitemap.xml, and so on;
- plugin for converting images to webp format. It reduces the size of bitmaps and pleases Google PageSpeed;
- plugin for spam protection if comments are enable for pages or posts;
- a caching plugin can be effective or not, depending on the dynamics of content updates, attendance and the complexity of the system as a whole.
Stylistic adjustments are implement by additional inline styles that are written in a special field of the customizer (Control Panel> Appearance> Customize> Additional Styles).
+ HTML, PHP and WordPress API and plugins.
What can be done:
- Change a ready-made theme or expand its functionality by creating a child theme for a free or premium theme. With this approach, the parent theme keeps updates. Minimal support is require from the child theme developer;
- Front-end plugins have templates that can be change in the parent or child theme folder. This way you can decide how the content will be displaye and what the logic of the plugin will be in general. An example of a plugin with its own templates and an extensive API is WooCommerce.
What can be done:
- create themes with a unique design for the goals of a specific project;
- create plugins that implement additional functionality for a specific project;
- turn WordPress into an app using PWA.
+ React and the WordPress interface for working with it .
What can be done:
- develop blocks and patterns for the Block Editor or other functionality for the frontend and backend;
- develop themes with full site editing.
+ other technologies, frameworks and platforms.
What can be done:
- integrate WordPress with third-party applications, setting up synchronization and data exchange;
- connect your own mobile application to WordPress;
- use WordPress exclusively as a CMS and implement a frontend on a framework – Gatsby, Vue.js and others.
The REST API helps you interact with third party applications and use WordPress only as a content management system. This technology is call Headless or Decouple CMS .
The 2020 version of WordPress 5.6 also includes Application Passwords in the core of the system . They enable applications to log in with user rights, without the main account password.
An alternative to the REST API is GraphQL, available with the WPGraphQL
WordPress is open source software supported by volunteers. That is, everyone can modify the system: report a bug, suggest an idea, or write a patch.
The future of WordPress
In July 2021, the core of WordPress 5.8 will include Full Site Editing. FSE will open up new opportunities for developers. WordPress users will not feel any significant changes without installing a new FSE-enable theme .. But the tools that users and developers are use to will remain. As well as compatibility with existing themes and plugins.
Also in December 2020, the Learn project was launch . It is a multilingual learning platform with workshops, quizzes, courses and lesson plans. The platform hosts discussion groups for WordPress users and developers.
Why do users and developers support WordPress?
First, positive feedback in action. Developers love working with WordPress and at some point they want to participate in its development. This is a good training and an opportunity to compare yourself with developers from more than 50 countries of the world and become better in a friendly environment.
You can get an idea of how the community works by visiting the Make WordPress site .
Secondly, WordPress is conferences and meetups in different parts of the world.
Third, plugin companies, large agencies and hosting companies provide solutions specifically for WordPress. So hosting services offer a staging site, site health monitoring, automatic update management and other features. They take the hassle out of programmers. And large companies also sponsor events and developers who develop the WordPress core and do other areas within the framework of the “Five for the Future” concept .