The world’s most popular blogging system!
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. A template system and a plug-in architecture are its primary features. As of August 2013, of the top 10 million websites, 22% or more users used WordPress. With more than 60 million websites, on the web, it is the most popular blogging system in use.
So what is wordpress?
It is an open source project where without paying anyone a license fee and a host of other important freedoms, anyone is free to use the system for anything, from a Fortune 500 website to a dog’s home page. All over the world, hundreds of people are working on it since it’s an open source project. With a few number of users than can be counted on the fingers and toes, it started in 2003, with a single bit of code to enhance the topography of everyday writing. Since then, as seen by tens of millions of people every day and used on millions of web sites, it has grown to be the single largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world.
Built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 or later, WordPress was created out of a need for an elegant and well-built personal publishing system. Officially the successor of b2/cafelog, it is a stable and mature product. Though its roots and development go back to 2001, it is fresh software. WordPress builds everything applications, enterprise websites to complex portals and from simple websites to blogs, it creates all. For developers, users and publishers with under-the-hood complexity, it combines simplicity. While still being easy-to-use, it makes it flexible. Every day it is used by more than 17% of the web.
Here are some features:
- Simplicity: To get publishing and get online, its simplicity makes it possible. The content and website is up with no hindrances.
- Flexibility: Any type of website can be created. An online community, a magazine or news website, even a network of websites, a personal blog, a business website, a government website. It can be extended with plug-ins and made beautiful with themes. Personalised applications can even be built.
- Publish with ease: With the click of a button, content is live on the web, media inserted, easily formatted and pages and posts are created.
- Publishing Tools: It helps in post revisions, to manage schedule drafts, content and create drafts. With a password, content and secured posts are either made public or private.
- Built-in comments: Comments provide a space for followers and friends to engage the home blog page with the content. To moderate discussions and to be a forum for discussions, the comment tools provide everything required.
- Search Engine Optimized: Having taken care of 80-90% of the mechanics of search engine optimization, Google’s head of the web spam team says, you’re safe. There is plenty of SEO plug-ins to take care of most fine grained controls.
- Multilingual: It’s easy to build websites with wordpress, since it is available in more than 70 languages other than English.
WordPress was created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and first released on May 27, 2003.