WordPress is still alive and kicking as a powerful content management system (CMS), despite the rise of well-performing competitive website builders such as Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly in the dynamic digital landscape.
However, after peaking in 2014, there has been a rising concern on the decline in number of installs and market shares over the past few years – proving that the loss of interest since more alternatives arose.
Contrary to the narrative “WordPress is dying,” WordPress managed to keep up with the dynamic demands of users and managed to stay resilient with new developments. After all, it is a $600 billion dollar industry.
The next major release will include:
- Site editor enhancements to improve user experience
- Style revision allowing easy undo options
- New navigation in site editor allowing users to choose templates
- New way to manage patterns
- Preview themes inside the editor
- New command tools
- Link control enhancements
It is safe to say that WordPress keeps up with its competitors and secures its spot in relevancy in 2023. WordPress is included in Forbes’ “Best Free Website Builders of 2023” and is stated as the best for “developers and bloggers.”
Piggybacking off of the $600 billon number, it's almost more impressive to know that 43.1% of all websites on the internet use WordPress in 2023.
To further prove WordPress is alive and thriving, huge companies still use WordPress. To name a few, Sony Music, PlayStationBlog, Meta Newsroom, Time Magazine, Vogue, and many more.
Even NASA is now moving their main site to WordPress after previously using WordPress for some of their smaller blogs.
WordPress will always be viable and competitive among the website builders due to it's sheer flexibility and massive customization options. It's going to take a lot of work for something else to replace it.