Our completely committed endorsement of WordPress is no secret, you’ll hear from us on this website and in our seminar that WordPress is the best content management system for a business owner building their site. It’s at home with techies just as much as it’s easy to use for people who have a casual relationship with the web.
However, this doesn’t mean we live in a vacuum; we keep an open mind to new and other currently existing web technologies, as well. If something even better than WordPress were to appear that made website creation and maintenance easy while keeping up with tech trends and searchability, we’d try to be the first to tell anyone about it. To this end, we continue to keep up our knowledge with other content management systems like Joomla and Drupal, among others. The rest of the web has generally trended towards what makes sense, too, which is why WordPress makes up nearly half of all websites. Take a look at the following stats we gleaned from BuiltWith:
With 2016 getting started, it doesn’t look like we’re in any rush to change our 10 years of web content: WordPress is here to stay. Better yet, usage is increasing. As for the other big players—Joomla and Drupal—they’ve continued on a downward trend which has been going on for years (all 3 experienced a sharp increase in one month in 2015, likely a change in measurements).
Keep in mind that in these charts, WordPress is measured on a completely different scale than the other two, ten times larger in fact.
Going with the consensus is often a good thing in terms of tech adoption. In this instance, large scale adoption means more robust support, a much larger pool of plugins and themes to choose from, and much lower likelihood that your website will become obsolete anytime soon and require a complete rebuild from the ground up. How many sites do you still see built on Flash in 2016? Also consider that the site you’re reading right now has existed on WordPress more or less in the same state for over 10 years now. A website that has to be continually rebuilt from scratch is oftentimes treated as a completely new website in the eyes of Google’s indexing bots. Crawling through a website built on WordPress is like cutting open a tree and counting the rings inside: a more detailed history than you’d ever need.
A local site is using Dolphin 7 to build a community site. Check out www.themiamivalley.com and see what Dolphin can do.
While the installed base of Drupal and Joomla both exceed where Dolphin is today, with the way things change on the web, it’s hard to say what will be the leader tomorrow.
From the Dolphin site:
Open-source, independent, downloadable, scalable, customizable, full-featured, free software for building social networks, dating sites and web-communities.Loaded with video chat, recorder, video player, forums, groups, events, video messenger, mailbox, desktop app, video sharing, photo sharing, iPhone app and much more. Build your own business or advance your hobby with Dolphin!
They have an intro video that has a voice over that’s almost comedic in it’s tone- but, shows a level of sophistication in marketing that other Open Source CMS systems have yet to reach.
Note, Dolphin isn’t entirely free- to remove links back to their site and totally own the brand you have to pay- but, compared to the cost of trying to assemble the whole thing in another CMS- it may be worth it.
We haven’t crawled under the hood of Dolphin yet- but we plan to. If you have any experience with Dolphin compared to Drupal or Joomla, we’d love to hear your feedback.
Learn everything you need to know about how Google sends customers your way- and how to get to that first page without using any Search Engine Optimization voodoo. If you think you need to know HTML to build an effective website- and have avoided it, this seminar is for you.
We teach how the web has changed thanks to search and building new web 2.0 sites using open source content management systems like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal- so that anyone who has access to the internet and a browser can build and maintain their own site.
Don’t pay a “web developer” crazy money to get the site you need- take the Websitetology seminar and be up and running in no time.
Sign up online: http://www.websitetology.com/?page_id=247
We’re scheduled to hold the seminar at The Next Wave, 100 Bonner Street Dyaton Oh 45410, but, we move when we need a bigger room due to popularity of the seminar. We begin at 8:30 sharp- break for lunch around noon- and reconvene at 1:30. The afternoon is focused on using the easiest of the content management systems- WordPress. We’ll show you how to quote other content online, build links and relationships with other high value sites- and make your site the best investment your business has ever made.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, Aug 25th 2009. Please sign up now, so we can verify room arrangements.