WordPress is the world's most popular content management system (CMS), and it continues to grow in popularity. There's an increasing trend for owners of websites of all descriptions to move to WordPress as their needs scale, along with their frustration with other customized or unintuitive CMSs that they may be using. As Matt Mullenweg said in 2012:

“We might not always be the platform people start with, but we want to be what the best graduate to.”

WordPress is now far more than a blogging platform. Enhancements such as custom post types and taxonomies, as well as improvements to the Dashboard such as the Menus screen added in version 3.0, and the new Media Manager enhancements in version 3.5, mean that developers can push WordPress further and users can quickly create beautiful, customized websites. If you're prepared to write custom functions and hook into the WordPress APIs, then there's very little you can't do.

WordPress is free and open source, with a large and dedicated community of users and developers, which is one of its strengths. It's also a platform on which you can build a career and a business. As a WordPress developer you may be considering setting up your own agency building WordPress-powered sites, or you may have already done this and want to take your skills to the next level so you can meet the needs of larger clients with more complex requirements.

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