Due to the shortcomings of page by page built static websites the majority of today’s websites are dynamic. Instead of being built one page at a time a web designer/developer creates themes that are used by a Content Management Systems (commonly referred to as a CMS). These themes are then used by the CMS to determine what the website will look like while the CMS provides a user interface for a non-technical editor to be able to edit the website content.
There are literally thousands of CMS’s currently powering websites on the net. Some are custom built proprietary systems build for a specific websites. Then there are commercial CMS’s that can run anywhere from over 100k to just a few hundred bucks. There are hosted solutions that combine hosting and a proprietary CMS. Finally, there are the free open source ones.
WordPress is the most popular open source CMS and for good reason. This powerful blog/CMS platform has a reputation for being easy to learn for the end user yet powerful enough for the typical small to medium sized business website. WordPress has a huge loyal following of designers/developers that build their websites using WordPress. (Not that you would ever need anyone other that Bradley & Company!)
Ultimately the choice of how a website needs to be constructed comes down to the type of site being constructed. A simple one page website is likely the ideal candidate for a traditional static website. Most small to medium sized business websites are well served by using a WordPress solution. That is not to say all websites should be constructed using WordPress as some may be better served using a more powerful CMS. In the end you can’t go wrong with WordPress.
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