Even in the fast-changing world of web technology, WordPress stands out. Sixteen years ago, it was a humble blogging platform. Today, it powers nearly a third of all public websites on the internet. And all this happened without the backing of a technology behemoth like Microsoft, Apple, or even Red Hat.
The WordPress story isn’t without a big, fat asterisk. The same features that make WordPress websites so easy to build can send developers sailing into dark waters. If you’ve ever lived with a WordPress website over the long term, you’ve probably experienced security shortcomings, plugin conflicts, brittle templates, and other headaches.