It’s no doubt that the popularity of WordPress has soared as of late, even surpassing giants such as Joomla and Drupal in general usage. A recent article from Smashing Magazine highlights some interesting points along WordPress’s climb to greatness, with some rather spot-on speculation for how WordPress has managed to surpass its assumed competition.
Of course, there’s the obvious factor of WordPress’s ease of use and development that have propelled it forward significantly, but its focus on blogging is what has really set it apart. WordPress has certainly grown into a rather capable CMS, but it’s a blogging platform first and foremost, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a single feature in WordPress that can’t be used by a general blogger. When you focus on a specific direction, you can use all of your creative talent and energy to build a solid product that does exactly what it’s supposed to do, empower a blogger to do something great, like cover some of the biggest news stories of 2011 with more details and more facts than most major news companies.
Without a doubt, every platform has its purpose and there are certainly folks out there who will find one platform to be of more use to them than the other (as the founders of Drupal and WordPress have already discussed), but it’s WordPress’s focus on blogging and slow growth into the CMS-sphere that is really propelling it as the platform of choice.