With our new web-site, relaunched in July 2015, we want to offer an even better service:
- Current tips & information in the blog
- Comments and Discussions
- Advanced menu structure and search function
- Publication available as RSS and via RDP
Then we wanted to celebrate our 20-years anniversary with a fresh web design. In the “Theme” menu you can choose yourself a favorite design.
But the main reason is our sudden enthusiasm for WordPress.
WordPress is a software with which you can build a “Blog” on a Web server. WordPress has been around for a long time and a blog was initially known as a kind of “online diary”. Already 7 years ago, we’ve built a small shop system with WordPress. At that time we’ve not been impressed so much.
Although the technique behind has not much changed, you could say: “Just as we have programmed websites in the year 2000” (PHP developers might please excuse this), WordPress has suddenly gained quite formidable importance. Today every fourth web site in the world runs on WordPress !
How could this happen, what’s so great about WordPress?
Well, several points are worth mentioning:
The fact that there are more and more WordPress plugins, makes the solution more and more interesting and that’s a self-reinforcing effect. Today, thousands of plug-ins, for all conceivable tasks up to complete industry solutions or quite complex systems. There is virtually nothing for which there is not a solution with WordPress.
WordPress is open source and licensed under the strict GPL. Any further development and everything what is based on the original sources must also be released under this License. This also has a viral effect and self-reinforces with probably exponential increase.
WordPress adheres to web standards
Large companies too often followed the strategy, to not conform to standards with full awareness, instead trying to impose their own developments to quasi-standards, thereby forcing a certain dependence on their products. That has always been to the detriment of the user, for example, documents can be reopened only with software from the same vendor, websites appear correctly only with the web browser from this vendor, etc.
Such phenomena do not exist in open source, where a meaningful collaboration is only possible at all, when there are standards and when everyone adheres to them.
The content management system (CMS) benefits greatly from HTML 5, where content and layout have been separated strictly apart, the layout was mooved completely to CSS, which greatly simplifies the managing of the content.
And even when the PHP scripts are programmed – let’s say: conservative, what comes out from the back is more modern than anything else. The keyword is Semantic Web. A WordPress page structures content with semantic tags, inserts meta information according to different standards, and finally outputs to different formats, such as RSS and RDF.
In addition, WordPress pages can form a network by mutuallly subscribing to their publications. This creates something that is quite comparable with social networks, only that there is no higher authority here, and that each node can manage itself fully responsible. True to the motto: “My data belongs to me. Why should I ever copy it to a server of another company to their conditions ?”
Due to the ever-increasing proliferation of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, websites and HTML generally win and increase their importance over desktop applications.
WordPress as a platform
Due to the large number of users and the rich selection of available solutions we see in WordPress more than a content management system. We see it more as a platform, to which we would like to contribute with some fine Kroll-Software plug-ins in the future.
Running our own WordPress site was the first thing to do. And so we have developed our own WordPress Template for this site to learn WordPress straight from the inside. Now we know..