WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) that first hit the scene in 2003 with a single bit of code. The project that started with a few thousands users has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool on the globe. Now millions of people around the world use WordPress for their websites and blogs. The latest WordPress updates for 2015 include quality theme, innovative plugins and helpful tools to make websites even more eye-catching and interactive.

WordPress Themes

A basic WordPress site and blog are free, making it a viable platform for small businesses looking to create an immediate web presence. There are free themes to help customize new sites for greater originality and professionalism. As the business grows, a flexible WordPress site can evolve with it. Paid themes are an affordable way to create a quality website without knowing advanced website design or coding. Forbes recently published its 10 great paid WordPress themes of 2015. One example is the FlexMag theme for $59. With the growing popularity of online magazines, this theme is streamlined and highlights images for an exciting feel without the high price tag.

WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins are another way to enhance the experience and many of them are also free. SitePoint just highlighted the best free WordPress membership plugins. At the top of the list is WP-Members, which is a free membership management framework just for registered users. The plugin makes it possible to restrict certain content, which is ideal for premium content websites, custom registration, newsletters and more. A myriad of WordPress plugins are available for free, with paid plugins to for specialized needs. These plugins make it possible to completely customize a WordPress site.

Getting Greater Control Over WordPress

The popularity of WordPress is sure to inspire an array of various services. One of the latest, as reported by TechCrunch, is VersionPress. This Prague-based startup is offering version control for WordPress. Their mission ot to create an undo button for changes that are made to a site on this platform. Software will be built on top of Git the open source version control system. As a result, VersionPress refers to itself as “WordPress meets Git.” The ability to revert changes can make WordPress even more flexible.

Mobile Websites

As an increasing number of people access the Internet on mobile devices, it has become essential to have a mobile-friendly website. Fortunately, WordPress makes this easy, too. Websites created on the WordPress platform are easy to access on mobile devices, which is helpful for businesses looking to reel in their target market through localized searches on-the-go. Recent Smart Insights reported mobile digital media time in the United States is 51% as opposed to desktop use, which is 42%.

From beginners to industry professionals, WordPress is the platform of choice in 2015. According to Robyn Dombrowski of Creative Heads, “WordPress is simply a sweet platform to build websites on. It started out as a blogging solution and has evolved into a full content management system.” It will be interesting to see how WordPress evolves in 2016, which is just a couple of short months away.