Having said that, where would the uninitiated go from here? For starters, if your web initiatives were to follow the stats, and you want to create a open source Web to Print infrastructure that will be supportable in the long term, you want to choose a website platform that is used by the majority and has a large development base of contributors. That only guarantees that the technology will have a stronger likelihood of continuity due to the investment and adoption of the majority. Of course, important criteria would be considered as well such as technological objectives, customer convenience, efficient processes etc. But that will generally be covered anyway, if you follow the stats. Indisputably, the most popular website platform is WordPress. As of July 2015, WordPress powers at least 24.2% of the websites published on the internet (Source: https://w3techs.com/technologies/history_overview/content_management/all/y). While there are other systems for consideration such as Joomla, Drupal, CMS Made Simple, Open Cart, ZenCart, OS Commerce, PrestaShop, Shopify, Magento, Volusion and Big Commerce to name a few – WordPress dominates the open source community as the CMS of choice by over 60%. (Source: https://trends.builtwith.com/cms). To put things in perspective, a really popular and like-able website and e-commerce system is Shopify which has a user base of 165,000 users. WordPress being a popular website, blogging and e-commerce platform has 600 times more websites using its platform than Shopify. (Source: https://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all)
Need A Widget? Here it is!
In the past, if you wanted to add a feature to your website or change the look, it took substantial coding and customizations plus a lot of time before it could be delivered. On an open source Web to Print website platform, you can access HUNDRED or THOUSANDS of plug-ins for a less than a few hundred dollars – and plug them in INSTANTLY! Because of the broad variety of plug-ins and modules available, websites can differentiate themselves substantially as far as their offerings and presentations go, that would make the companies that they represent more memorable and differentiated.