WordPress for large websites rev 26 December 2011 to dir

We all know that WordPress is not "just for blogs" any more.
In fact that became soooo not true years ago! But can WordPress be
used to build large websites? or is it just a "hobbyist" cms?

Example sites

BoingBoing: http://boingboing.net/ Dreamhost: http://dreamhost.com/ jQuery: http://jquery.com/ Mashable: http://mashable.com/ MacLeans: http://www2.macleans.ca/ Number 10 Downing Street (UK Prime Minister): http://www.number10.gov.uk/ Salon.com: http://www.salon.com/ SitePoint: http://www.sitepoint.com/ TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/ TutsPlus: http://tutsplus.com/ - All eight of the Tuts+ network tutorial sites U.S. Library of Congress blogs: http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/ Webmonkey: http://www.webmonkey.com/ These sites have been so customized, that you can't even find the tell-tale "wp-content" when you "View source" of the page. (I got the links from pages discussing large WP sites.) C|Net: http://www.cnet.com/ Spotify: http://www.spotify.com/ Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/ ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/ And of course, WordPress.com, WordPress.org, and WordPress.tv are all built in WordPress, and are not tiny sites themselves! Any doubts left? ________________________________________________________________________________________ Examples of large Wordpress Sites, at StackExchange - June 2011 http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/15034/what-are-examples-of-large-sites-running-wordpress 30 Great sites using WordPress as a CMS - September 2009 http://www.problogdesign.com/inspiration/30-great-sites-using-wordpress-as-a-cms/ 21 Popular brands that are using WordPress - July 2009 http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/21-popular-brands-that-are-using-wordpress/ Notable WordPress Users: http://en.wordpress.com/notable-users/ WordPress.com VIP: http://vip.wordpress.com/clients/ WordPress Showcase: http://wordpress.org/showcase/flavor/wordpress-org/ WordPress.com Stats: http://en.wordpress.com/stats/ ________________________________________________________________________________________

How-tos - Building large sites in WordPress

Can WordPress handle high-traffic sites? by Michael Gray - 15 February 2010 http://www.searchnewz.com/topstory/news/sn-2-20100215CanWordpressHandleHighTrafficSites.html Using WordPress to Build Large-scale Websites Interview with Derek Herman, by Jad Limcaco - 1 December 2009 http://designinformer.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/01/using-wordpress-build-large-scale-websites-derek-herman-ask-expert/ With list of 8 large websites, and useful plugins for large sites. Drupal vs Joomla/Mambo vs WordPress: An Experienced Developer’s Perspective A really nice, pros-and-cons, discussion - 2 April 2011 http://foliovision.com/2011/04/02/drupal-vs-joomla-mambo-vs-wordpress
I can't help it - i liked his conclusions:

      WordPress - "WordPress is the platform of choice in my opinion for the small, medium or 
        large business. Whatever holes you can find in WordPress (editorial management process, 
        page management, ecommerce, membership site) are easily solved with high quality plugins.
          The cool part about WordPress is that the core is kept clean so that you aren't forced 
        to load code you don't need if you want a simple weblog. Thus WordPress can be a weblog, 
        a corporate information site, a membership site, a store, or an international news network."

      Drupal - "For a very large commercial project, I can see a justification for choosing Drupal. 
        On a big project, most of your expense will be custom development anyway ..."

      Joomla - "should die a violent death."

Some figures about WordPress usage

Usage of content management systems for websites (as of current date) http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all Of the ~30% of websites that use any CMS, about 50% of those use WordPress. Details: http://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cm-wordpress/all/all Content Management System Distribution (as of current date) http://trends.builtwith.com/cms This site says WordPress makes over 60% of the top miillion sites that use CMSs. WordPress Usage Trends http://trends.builtwith.com/cms/WordPress More about WordPress: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress http://wordpress.org/ ________________________________________________________________________________________ (Some step-by-step how-tos for working with WordPress are here.)