Why WordPress’s version 3.2 release of course! This was just an update to the already popular blogging software. This blogging software has now become a base for web sites that don’t resemble blogs at all. An all out content management system that has nearly become a standard in content management systems. And best of all. It’s free.

WordPress version 3.0 (previous version) drew headlines when it was released. It has well over 15 million downloads itself. WordPress is relatively new to the CMS scene being only 5 years old. They plan on releasing a new theme at least once a year. But with the popularity of this software there is an abundance of user generated themes out there. Some for free and some for a fee. Many types of styles are represented. A search for “WordPress Themes” will reveal lots to look at. Installation after version 3.0 is very easy. In fact, you can do a one-click install right from your WordPress back end. No wonder almost 15% of the top 1 million most visited web sites are made from a WordPress base.
Here at Tranquil Blue we fancy ourselves experts on WordPress. We have created a number of WordPress themes as well as basic WordPress installs. In fact we average 2-5 WordPress installations a month. So if you’re looking for a fully customized WordPress install that fits your business then contact us today at 631-581-6090 or visit: Tampa Web Designer.

We’ve seen some other contenders in the CMS game come and go. Some notable packages include Joomla, Drupal, and DotNetNuke. Many of these had good strengths and have also had a lot of downloads and implementations. It seems none of them could match the simplicity and ease of use of WordPress. Although they are not as common. They do make sense in some situations. We would be happy to consult you on the best solution for your business.

Is Free Software Really Free?

WordPress is open source. Which means it’s free. This leads me to a topic of much debate in the internet software industry today. Although WordPress & other open source software is free. There is an inherent cost that is still involved. Although your base install may be free. You almost invariably have to edit the design, functionality, and integration. The more customization that you are planning on integrating the more cost you will incur. Since dealing with their complex coding is often more time consuming then building a custom site from scratch you may not be saving time or money. Also, security concerns come to mind. Since the software is open source and developers as well as hackers can see how it all works. Your site may be more prone to hackers manipulation. After all they can peak under the hood and see all the inner workings. A WordPress add-on was recently hacked. This add-on was downloaded over 500,000 times and installed on many live WordPress sites. It’s wise to consult with a technology company before deciding on open source. There are many variables that should be considered.

John Siebert
Tranquil Blue Web Design

April 15, 2013

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