I have been using WordPress since v 1.2 (2004) and though it was rough in the first few years, it is now my platform of choice for most web projects. It has some great advantages:
- Friendly to non technical users for their content editing
- Very extendable either with the many third party plugins or with custom code
- Flexibility in theming.
- Free and open source
- A large and vibrant support community
Sites I have built with WordPress
Favourite WordPress Plugins
Plugins I would install on most sites I am involved with.
- WP Super Cache. Having a site with a lot of visitors is a good problem to have. WP Super Cache will take pressure off your web server & database by serving up cached HTML to your visitors. Best if you have lots of anonymous traffic, and will even work on most shared hosts. Recently I have been trialling WP Fastest Cache on another site.
- Display Posts Shortcode. Like using WP Query right inside your posts and pages text.
- SyntaxHighlighter Evolved. Great plugin to display programming code as part of a post / page in a more readable manner.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast.
No nonsenseplugin to help get your page & post titles & descriptions in order. Bonus of XML sitemap, control over which parts of your site are to be indexed, breadcrumbs and importing from other SEO plugins. The ads and premium notices have lowered my opinion and SEO Framework is an alternative.