IT’S ALL ABOUT an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) if you are trying to have a website on which you can update content while cutting out the middle man.
That appears to be particularly the case for SMEs who are using WordPress more and more as their CMS. According to a survey by website hosting company 34SP.com in the UK, smaller companies – of under 50 employees or fewer – are particularly enamoured of WordPress.
The reasons cited for using it, rather than a platform designed specifically for their business by a web developer, was “ease of use”, access from a number of devices, and extended functionality that they can get from plugins. The support network is also cited as a push factor towards WordPRess.
“Despite its origins as a blogging tool, WordPress has now evolved into a trusted CMS for businesses,” read the 34Sp report, who surveyed over 1,000 small business owners.
In fact, the report states, 52% of all WordPress websites in the UK are used for business.
Developers offering bespoke CMS solutions are less enamoured with this trend – at developer-tech.com, one writer notes a recent security breach associated with a plugin “led to more than 50,000 websites becoming vulnerable”.
Do you run an SME? Do you use WordPress as a CMS? We’d like to hear your experiences in the comments below.*
*Let us be first to respond: TheJournal.ie, which employs just under 50 people, uses a highly customised version of WordPress. We found it pretty useful to begin with but then had to abstract it out the front end to satisfy our growing traffic (this last description supplied by our tech team!) :)