Do Web Developers Use WordPress? A Detailed Overview

With the intention of building out your website, you may find yourself in a position of looking for a web developer for your business. You might have some questions regarding the technologies that he/she knows.

After researching some popular technologies and platforms, WordPress keeps appearing in multiple searches.

So, do web developers use WordPress?

A significant number of professional web developers use WordPress for web development.  As WordPress powers nearly 28.9% of web, the demand for developers with this skillset has remained consistent over the last 10 years.

The WordPress platform is renown for its simple-to-use content management systems capabilities.  Clients want to manage their site content on a platform with a good reputation, so the ability to use a CMS like this also drives the market for WordPress developers.

Here is the market share percentage between the top 5 website builders:

website builder market graph

This relative comparison really shows WordPress’s dominance.

We’re only really scratching the surface here. Let’s explore other key points about WordPress.

A huge benefit is the ability of website owners to make changes by themselves. By simply logging into a WordPress dashboard, plenty of settings can be tweaked without the use of a web developer.

Instead of paying an hourly market rate for a developer to update the website, non-technical website owners still have plenty of control in dictating fundamental changes to their business or product.

What do Web developers use to build websites?

While WordPress is undoubtedly a tool that a lot of web developers are proficient in, for highly skilled developers, WordPress is just one of the many tools that they can utilize for building high functioning modern websites.

I wanted to investigate just what other technologies web developers use to build websites. Here are the results I found for the leading website builder technologies on the web.

This breakdown is how the top web building technologies compare across the whole web:

Here are main web builders used broken down by category:

Web builders:

Ecommerce Related:

Drag and Drop:

Blog Related:

Overall, there is nothing wrong with looking to WordPress to achieve your site-building goals. Is it going to provide you with a website that uses the latest in web tech?

Well, no but this was never its primary focus. Its a mature platform and if it uses the latest tech of the day then it might not be as reliable and secure with a huge list of plugins.

Modern web developers are primarily focused on building web applications – this is now the status quo of the modern web.

If you want to provide your users with the best experience possible then you should really aim at creating a web experience like this. Web applications will inevitably provide more meaningful interaction with your users when compared to WordPress instance.

Other Resources

  • Are Web Applications Popular?
  • What is a CMS and how does it Work?
  • Why is Data Visualization Important?

 

Gareth Dunne

Senior JavaScript Engineer and creator of JSdiaries. Passionate about the latest in web technologies and how it can provide value for my clients.