What Does “Powered by WordPress” Really Mean?
It’s pretty common knowledge that WordPress powers more than 28% of all the websites on the internet. But what does that really mean? Is being “Powered by WordPress” just a nice way of saying your site uses WordPress? Is it even a valid claim? What does the ‘Powered by’ badge on my WordPress site mean? How can I verify that my site is indeed running on WordPress?
The Rise In Popularity
When you search for “wordpress powered” on Google, more than 200 million results come up. That’s a huge number of websites that claim to be powered by WordPress. If you’re wondering why so many websites claim to be powered by WordPress, it’s because the search engine company recognises that as a top search term, people are likely to come across it when they’re searching for information about web hosting or launching a new blog.
But why did blogging pioneer Tina Fey get so much attention with her “Weekly Shorts” article for Vogue? It’s because she was one of the first big-name celebrities to publicly promote the benefits of blogging. In fact, her article was so popular that it went viral and became one of the most shared articles in the magazine’s history.
Is It Just A Marketing Stunt?
The fact that so many websites claim to be powered by WordPress proves that it’s a big trend right now. But is it just a marketing ploy designed to drum up business? Does it really take a WordPress server to make a website? And what is a WordPress server anyway?
A WordPress server is simply a computer that runs the WordPress software. In the past, you would have needed to hire someone to administer your website for you. But with the advent of DIY (do it yourself) webhosting, anyone can set up a basic WordPress site and start blogging without needing to hire someone to help them. A lot of people in the online marketing world regard WordPress as the “bible of blogs” and it is frequently cited as the platform of choice for bloggers and creators of other content on the web.
However, just because a lot of websites use WordPress doesn’t mean that they’re all created equal. Some WordPress sites are terribly built and lack any sort of focus. Others could use some help keeping up with the trends and the latest news stories.
What Does The ‘Powered By’ Badge Mean?
The short answer is that it means your site uses WordPress. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The ‘Powered by’ badge on your WordPress dashboard does and it gives you a small glimpse into the technical workings of your site. When someone clicks on this badge, they’re taken to a screen where they can examine the coding behind the site’s layout and functionality.
You get to see this information by going to your dashboard and then clicking on the gear icon. From here you can access a number of features, including the source code for the site. You’ll need to have some coding knowledge to understand everything that’s going on, but it’s not overly complex.
There are two types of ‘Powered by’ badges: one for open source CMSes (content management systems), and the other for proprietary CMSes (content management systems). An open source CMS is one that is freely available and open to the public. The advantage of using an open source CMS is that since it is free and available to the public, anyone can maintain and update the code behind the site. Therefore, if you ever decide to discontinue operation of your site, someone else may well step in and continue to run it for you.
A proprietary CMS is one that is designed and owned by a company. The advantage of using a proprietary CMS is that the company can ensure that the code is kept up-to-date and that there are no compatibility issues or crashes due to outdated code. Sometimes, proprietary CMSes are a bit more difficult to use than open source ones; particularly if you’re not tech-savvy.
WordPress Is The Most Popular CMS On The Internet
Let’s put this into some comparative perspective. Below is a visual representation of the popularity of various content management systems (CMSes) around the world. The data was compiled by Google Trends, which tracks the interest of people around the world, according to the search terms they use.
The results are interesting, to say the least. It would seem that the search engine giant recognises that WordPress is far and away the most popular CMS on the internet. It accounts for approximately 28% of all searches, followed by Joomla at 12% and 11% for Drupal. So, if you’re looking for a content management system to power your blog or website, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for with WordPress.
WordPress is the most popular CMS on the internet not just because it’s easy to use for beginners, but also because it is readily available to anyone who needs it. The software is free and can be downloaded from WordPress.org. No wonder why