As far as blogging sites and content management systems go, WordPress has had a tremendous rise to fame. Created in 2004, it was a unique developer site that became a huge brand after the adoption of its logo a year later.
Fast forward to 2015 and over one billion users had downloaded the service. At that point, it’s the king of the industry.
However, WordPress’ dominance has been challenged in recent years and it leaves bloggers wondering. Will it be as relevant by the end of 2019 as it was in the past? Let’s take a look.
WP was bound to relinquish some of its power after competitors developed their software. Now, the likes of Wix, Medium, and Ghost are putting the squeeze on the most famous CMS.
Thanks to their unique features, they are taking customers away from WordPress and that is contributing to a smaller market share. From its initial share, it’s now down to 60% of the CMS market. While this is high, Joomla and Drupal are making waves nearing the 5% and 10% mark. The horizon doesn’t look bleak yet, but bloggers might want to start considering that WP won’t be the leader forever.
One of the reasons Drupal is part of the big three is down to functionality. Fifteen million users love the rock-solid security and powerful content management system.
Customers might not find it as easy in the beginning, yet they seem to enjoy the advanced options. The menu and management polls and graphics modification tools are far ahead of anything WP has to offer. Once you have a basic understanding of web development, the options are pretty endless with Drupal.
Plus, WordPress doesn’t have the same reputation any longer. After 1.5 million sites were hacked, it exposed its vulnerability to its customers.
That said, WordPress has a 32% market share of all websites according to Kinsta (https://kinsta.com/wordpress-market-share/).
To put this figure into easy-to-digest terms, it’s three times as big as its nearest competitor. And, there is a reason for this: plugins.
WP is still highly recommended by most bloggers / websites as WP plugins are multifaceted. Other than this blog, BlogLingo is (https://bloglingo.com/how-to-start-a-blog/) another advocate of WordPress to build your online presence. Whether you want to improve flexibility or accessibility or appearance, you can do it with WordPress.
Therefore, it’s possible to change the entire performance and function of a blog with a handful of downloads. For now, this makes them the most relevant CMS provider in the market by a long margin.
Rearview Mirror Effect
Although the company is well ahead of its rivals, it still can’t help but look in the rearview mirror. The likes of Wix and Medium have opened the eyes of the management as to the future of the sector.
They understand they have to be more accessible to sustain success. Proof of this is the new Gutenberg plugin release. Not only is the block editor a new plugin; it’s a new approach to content creation.
If you’re new to the term Gutenberg, check out this link (https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/wordpress-gutenberg-guide/) for more.
WordPress will be relevant for a long time to come thanks to its position in the market. However, it has to ensure it reacts to threats, internal and external if it doesn’t want to slip down the rankings.