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In 2003, WordPress began with its plug-in based architecture and came out with consistent updates with always the desirable as well as expectation fulfilling features for its customers.
It is one of the most loved open-source CMS that works on Php language and demands no thorough knowledge to use it from its users.
It is 2021 today, and we have come through numerous changes, advancements, competitors, and have gathered a handful of statistics about them that could reveal the figures for its popularity as well as the reason why it is the most loved development platform for beginners and many experts too.
How popular WordPress is?
Irrespective of the size of an entrepreneur, either small, micro, medium, large, or even a mass producer has its name over the users of WordPress today.
W3Tech says, more than 35% of the entire website across the internet is built in WordPress. Can you even imagine how big is that figure, having more than 20 competitors around the closest vicinity, and many others beyond them. It is a dominating win over them covering almost one-third of the global diaspora alone.
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60 million users
WordPress itself stated that over 60 million of the users chose WordPress as their source of developing their website. With this figure, WordPress has come way far from where it has started just with simpler plugins and mediocre performance.
And today, it has the world’s one of the largest communities behind it as a support and as a library for its loving developers.
Community size & celebrities into it
WordPress community covers about 38% of all the websites and with that, it has some of the real big names involved in it like Forbes, Samsung, The New York times, including some famous celebs too that have their home production built on WordPress like Kobe Bryant, etc.
Forum & Blog support
WordPress supports more than 65 languages in its forum and is known to have more non-English users than English users in it. Recently, it has come to know that the English users have now surpassed the non-English users from the credible sources of the WordPress community itself.
6 Continents & 65 Countries
Through events and camps that any organization sponsors for its marketing with the purpose to spread its wings across the world, WordPress has touched 6 continents out of the 7 which is a milestone to set for other development platforms.
Not only this, according to the figures revealed at one of the WordCamp conferences, WordPress has been successful in withdrawing the skilled developers from more than 65 countries yet over its more than 900 conferences held across the globe.
With more than 50k plus plugins, WordPress has crossed the figure of a billion for their downloads and is yet increasing exponentially with no sign of any stoppage nearby. Its directory or library as we mentioned above, is increasing day by day with an increasing number of plugins as well as community members that include almost everyone from each generation and level of development skills.
WooCommerce is often misinterpreted as a framework but it is an open-source plugin only with an identity of itself. The identity of the most popular plugins out of fifty-four thousand plugins to be precise or close enough.
Having first introduced themes in 2005, WordPress today has crossed the number figure of 5000 that too for free themes only. Also, it is a fact that every year it launches one new theme that brings the whopping attention of its customers back to it altogether.
WordPress also is known to reveal its own facts and figures with a mind-blowing context.
One of those about the themes and that is: ‘There had been a month in 2018 in which the users across the world had changed their pre-existing themes for a check may be and chosen for a different theme for their website more than 2 million times. That is a number for a month only.
Give an idea of how many times a user usually does that in a year and how many options WordPress has to serve its users.
Apart from a huge bunch of free plugins, there are more than 6000 premium plugins too with overwhelming interface layout and designs.
Make sure to hire dedicated developer for your business website so that you may get even better control over some customization that WordPress offers over the paid plugins.
Cost of themes
WordPress has almost every theme under the range of $100. That’s the most impressive fact and a reason behind WordPress’s enormous user base that it has plenty of free plugins already and then when it comes to the paid ones, they are economic enough for almost every average income pupil as well.
If we want to make an idea for WordPress’s performance today, we can envisage it by noticing that more than 500 websites per day are developed in WordPress only all over the world.
It is a matter of thought, first of all, to know that if 500 websites are built on WordPress only, then how many in total websites are being built all across the world including other platforms for development.
The Enterprise industry and businesses are almost dominating the world with the online implementation of ideas. WordPress development companies are supporting this growth and transformation of the enterprise world into the digitally supported enterprise world.
WordPress has come out with more than 20 updates to date since its introduction into the development world. With more than 16 million downloads from unique users and that too has around one-fourth of the portion has downloaded the latest version already.
This agility in its users simply means that WordPress has a long way to go yet, and has not lost its charm inside the users. Especially the beginners love this the most because of its user-friendly interface and quick responsiveness.
Conclusively, WordPress in 2021 still has the same dominance over the IT sector. Its development community and forum size are growing in an exponential manner having more than 130 million blogs per month produced by the users.
It has acquired multiple times of popularity and userbase than its competitors i.e. Drupal and Joomla.
If you too have an impressive idea which you think may have the potential to convert your life upside down but are waiting for a platform to transform it into a website, you should not wait and immediately opt for WordPress as it is one of the easiest ever platforms anyone could get for its business website development.
Author’s Bio: Scarlett is a technical content writer and is associated with A3logics for over a couple of years. She has a keen interest in professional IT services and is often found struggling with some unique topics for her upcoming projects. She is often found discussing the latest developments with the technical team. When not working on any of her writing projects, she is either reading any of the Agatha Christie mysteries or busy gardening.
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Tenali Ramakrishna, or Tenali Raman as he is more popularly known is Birbal's equivalent in South India. A court jester and a scholar exuding great wisdom, Tenali Raman was known as one of the greatest courtiers in King Krishnadevaraya's court.
The Vijayanagar Empire ruled a large part of South India between 1336 and 1646. In the 16th century, the kingdom rose to prominence under the eminent leadership of King Krishnadevaraya. His continuous victories against his enemies ensured a successful and peaceful reign for his subjects. As a patron of art and literature, many crafts and cultural assets thrived in the empire.
Krishnadevaraya's beloved courtier, Tenali Raman is the finest example of the splendour of the Vijayanagar empire. He was born in Tenali, a town in Andhra Pradesh. He lived here until he lost his father, after which his mother brought him to Vijayanagar. He was discovered for his excellent wit and wisdom, and appointed in the court. He was one of the king's ashtadiggajas (collective name for the eight poets and scholars).
A statue of Tenali Ramakrishna near a Municipal Office in Andhra Pradesh Image source: wikimedia commons
Tenali Raman as a scholar, published great texts of wisdom, which have now become artefacts of the Kingdom of Vijayanagara. But his fame does not lie in these achievements. He is known for the mischievous jester that mythical folklore portrays him to be. Through stories, many writers have used jokes to impart wisdom and morals to many generations of people. The stories of Tenali Raman are almost legendary in the Southern peninsula.
Textbooks have been written with his moral stories in mind, and these days, many self-help book are also incorporating his wisdom. His most popular stories are, 'Mother Tongue', 'Cursed Face', 'Saluting the Donkeys' and many more. Through these stories, Tenali Raman, in some way, brought about social justice. Perhaps this is why he is most beloved by many people even today.
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It must be noted that different religions and societies in Southeast Asia have alternative narratives of Ramayana, one of the greatest epic.
Here are some of the versions of Ramayana!
Dasaratha Jakarta: The Buddhist Version
Interestingly, this version of Ramayana does not mention Ravana at all and in fact, there’s no mention of Sita’s abduction, too. In this version, Dasaratha is the king of Benaras and not Ayodhya. Also, Rama and Sita leaves kingdom and go to the Himalayas and not forests. Then, after twelve years, Rama and Sita return back to Benaras and get married.
Paumachariya: The Jaina Version
In this version, Lakshamana is the killer of Ravana and not Rama. Here, Rama is an ardent follower of Jainism, and so he cannot be the killer of Ravana. Also, this version states an army of warrior and not monkeys, as stated in Valmiki’s Ramayana. Another interesting feature of this version is that Ramayana is not shown as a villain, rather a magnanimous king and follower of Jainism.
Gond Ramayani: The Gond Version
Gond is an adivasi clan belonging from Madhya Pradesh in India. Interestingly, in this version, the story begins from where Valmiki’s Ramayana ended; when Sita is rescued from captivity. Also, Bhima, one of the Pandavas from the epic of Mahabharata, is mentioned in this version. Unlike Valmiki’s Ramayana, Rama is not the protagonist in this version.
Ramakien: The Thai Version
This is considered as Thailand's national epic, and is still taught in some schools in the country. In this version, Ravana is shown as a learned scholar and a noble king in this version. Also, Ravana’s pursuit for Sita is depicted as true love. There are a lot of similarities between this version of Ramayana and Valmiki’s version, but this version lays a lot of emphasis on Hanuman.
When a baby is born in an Indian household-they invite hijra to shower the newborn with their blessings for their blessings confer fertility, prosperity, and long life on the child. But when that child grows up we teach them to avert their eyes when a group of hijras passes by, we pass on the behaviour of treating hijras as lesser humans to our children. Whenever a child raises a question related to gender identity or sexuality they are shushed down. We're taught to believe that anything "deviant" and outside of traditional cis-heteronormativity is something to be ashamed of. This mentality raises anxious, scared queer adults who're ashamed of their own identity, and adults who bully people for "queer behaviour".
Hijras are a community of people who include eunuchs, intersex, and transgender people. They worship the Hindu goddess of chastity and fertility, Bahuchara Mata. Most hijras, but not all, choose to undergo a castration ceremony known as "nirvana" in which they remove their male genitalia as an offering to their goddess. The whole community is vibrant with hundreds of people with hundreds of ways of expression, the true identity of a hijra is complex and unique to each individual. In India, hijras prefer to refer to themselves as Kinner/Kinnar as it means the mythological beings who excel at singing and dancing.
Hijras worship the Hindu goddess of chastity and fertility, Bahuchara Mata.homegrown.co.in
The hijra community works systematically, the community separates itself from the outside world and teaches lessons to the young ones in secret. Each community has a guru and the other hijras are their disciples or chela. The "hijra ways of life" are taught to the disciples in a secluded environment where they leave their families and live with other hijras in the community. More often than not hijras are thought of as nothing different from transgender and often referred to as transgender; however, scientifically these two terms denote a different class of people. Hijras are a part of the whole community of people with various identities and of spiritual and cultural values meanwhile, transgender merely refers to those people whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth, they are a part of the community and do not represent the whole community.
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Historically and culturally the community has existed in the Indian subcontinent as long as the civilization has existed. There are mentions of hijra in The Mahabharata, a holy book of Hindus. Shikhandi who was neither male nor female is a mythological legend. In another version of Mahabharata Arjuna, one of the Pandavas was cursed to be the third gender by Urvashi, when he refused to be sexually involved with her. In a story by Padma Purana, it is seen that Arjuna transforms into a woman to take part in Krishna's mystical dance which only women can take part in. The Hijra figures are prominent in Indian Mughal History as well, referred to as Khwaja Siras and known for their loyalty to the ruler, they worked as the sexless watchdogs of the Mughal harems. They held important positions in court and various facets of administration during Mughal-era India, from the 16th to 19th century. The Hijra community is a testament to the sexual diversity that is integral yet often forgotten in Indian culture.
If the whole hijra community was looked upon with enamor and respect in our history, what happened that when we come across the community we look at them with contempt and are filled with a mixture of negative, fear, laughter, and odd emotions. It's owing to the fact that under British Raj, the Criminal tribes Act 1871 hijras were criminalized and the law was made to eradicate the whole community. However, these acts were abolished by the Indian government after independence, and by 2014, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh all had officially recognized third gender people as citizens deserving of equal rights where the third gender means individuals categorizing themselves as neither male nor female. Even though the progress is slow but in 2015 Madhu Kinnar became the first hijra mayor in India was elected in the city of Raigarh.
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Although the hijra community was revered by society and is invited to births and weddings for religious and spiritual ceremonies, they still become victims of abuse and discrimination. Violence and hate crimes against the community have become common. They are deprived of education, job opportunities, seating in restaurants, etc. leading them to live in poor conditions barely surviving. They often have to resort to begging and prostitution to earn a daily living. The government has tried to address this issue by introducing bills for the protection of the hijra community, with prison terms and other punishments for those offending them, but there is little to no less effect on the social stigma against the community.
In India, the hijra community comes under the umbrella term LGBTQ+ and we notice that they lack voice and representation when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. We need to understand that when we fight for LGBTQ+ rights we fight for the whole community, we fight for hijras who have been victims of violence, hate crimes, and disrespect from none other than the people of our society. And although hijras are a part of the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, they have an independent subculture of their own. It is worth every effort to know about them, to study about them, to befriend them, and to smile at them for they are every bit of human as we are and they have nothing but blessings in their heart.