WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own blog or website. WordPress is hands down the world’s most popular site builder. In fact, WordPress powers over 36% of all the websites on the internet, in other words, there are millions of websites all over the world that are built with WordPress.
WordPress was released on May 27, 2003 as a fork (copy of source code) of b2/cafelog. WordPress is a free and open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and built on the MySQL open source database. WordPress is licensed under GNU General Public License (GPL). In other words, WordPress is free for everyone to use or modify the software without any restrictions.
With WordPress being a content management system, it requires no knowledge of programming or coding to build a beautiful blog or website. One of the greatest features of WordPress is the plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WordPress as Themes.
Plugins are powerful because they allow anyone to create a feature for WordPress. If you can think of a feature for your website, then there is a very good chance there is already a plugin created.
WordPress.org is the home for the most current release and in-development versions of the code and where you can find Themes and Plugins for your website
A question that gets asked a lot – Why use WordPress?
The first word that comes to mind is productivity. The design time will be shortened because you are not reinventing the wheel.
Second, WordPress is easy to install, and you create pretty much any type of website. Below are a few examples of what you can create with WordPress.
- Start a Blog
- Build a Business website
- Add an eCommerce store
- Create a membership site
- Add a discussion forum
- Create Online courses
- …and practically anything else you can vision.
If you want a professional looking blog or website you will want to use WordPress.
To answer the question – “What is WordPress?”. The answer is WordPress is an application used for everything from blogs to websites including eCommerce stores.
In the next article, we will explain the “What is the Difference between a Blog and a Website”.