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March 12, 2009 by Amit Bakshi

Today we continue our coverage of hot skills in demand at oDesk by shining a spotlight on WordPress.  WordPress is the most popular blogging platform on the net, especially for corporate blogs.  A combination of flexibility, ease of use, and reliability has led many, including us at oDesk, to choose WordPress to power their blogs.  Yep, the blog you’re reading right now is run on WordPress.

WordPress is open-source and free.  One of WordPress’s major strengths is the variety of widgets available for the platform. Widgets are small programs that add extra features to your blog.  Many of these are behind-the-scenes sorts of things to make life easier for the blogger, but others, like the animated tag cloud towards the bottom-right of this blog are fun toys for readers to play with.  And since WordPress was designed with a such a flexible plugin architecture, bloggers and developers will continue to improve upon what is already available as blogging continues to evolve.

Now, let’s take a look at WordPress’s growth on oDesk.

wordpress-developers

In early 2008, there were just over a hundred WordPress jobs posted per month on oDesk.  A year later, it’s grown to over 500, and the growth seems to be accelerating.  This growth seems recession proof, likely because as budgets get tighter, and companies are looking for ways to stretch every dollar, they are realizing that blogging is a cheap but effective way of furthering a company’s marketing goals.  But, to make the most of a blog, companies need someone who can infuse it with their style, branding, and look-and-feel.  That’s where WordPress developers, like the 3,351 on oDesk, can provide value.

The best way to learn more about WordPress is to start your own WordPress blog.  The official WordPress site has almost everything you need to get started.  Be sure to check out their Plugin Directory to find all the latest editions and widgets available to make your blog unique.  You can then turn your new blog into a showcase of your (or your company’s) many talents.

Amit Bakshi

Vice President of Marketing at LawPivot

Amit Bakshi is the Vice President of Marketing at LawPivot. He formerly served as Product Marketing Manager for oDesk.

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  • http://www.andyonline.net andy

    WordPress is easy to use and lightweight, wordpress is also easily read by search engines :)

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  • http://blog.thinkdiff.net Mahmud Ahsan

    Really a nice post. thanks.

  • http://www.3gpindia.com raj 3gpindia

    thanks very much i am searching for this in google search i landed here i got what i need thanks once again.

  • http://thericepaper.wordpress.com Tamara Rice

    I love WordPress as well, but is it true you can't host ads on WordPress ... thereby not gaining any ad income from tools like adsense or the like? I've been looking into this and seems like the answer to ads on WordPress is no.

  • http://bloggingwithsuccess.net/welcome blackzero85

    Our blog, bloggingwithsuccess, was once hosted at blogspot. But the required feature wasn't there, and so we moved to self hosted wordpress.

    However, people will keep using blogspot as it's so easy for newbie, something that wordpress can't beat.

  • http://www.creativelounge.co.za Iaan

    Could not agree more! Developing with WordPress everyday makes you realize the potential is much greater than just a blogging platform. I use WP on projects even if no blog is required!

    One can easily extend WP to a content management system for any corporate project.

  • http://www.goofywildcat.com Goofydg1

    Love the WordPress

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  • http://newwpthemes.net Susan

    WordPress is such a flexible platform to use and with the number of people who support it, it's amazing NOT to find a plugin, etc. to assist with developing a site. It's a fruitful blogging platform that can be used for a numerous of site designs. I'm looking forward to its future.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/shefalinagdev Shefali

    You have highlighted the features of WordPress in a very professional way. Very informative. I'm impressed! I too use WordPress and I like the variety of widgets available. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://AdvancedLifeSkills.com/blog Jonathan – Advanced Life Skills

    I know that there a few well known bloggers who still us other platforms, but they are a very, very small minority. The reason for this is simple, no other platform holds a candle to WP and the gap is growing. As far as I am concerned the current growth of blogging is built on a wordpress foundation.

  • http://thewellrunsite.com Michael Johnston

    WordPress will usage will continue to grow because it's just so well designed and customizable. There isn't much you can't do with it, and what you can't do with it is easily remedied, either by a 3rd-party plugin or by making use of some of the developers here at Odesk who make WordPress their specialty.

    The more I use WordPress, the more it impresses me. It is the Swiss Army knife of online publishing.