A simple explanation of: What is WordPress?
WordPress is a website system that provides anyone the ability to create and modify web pages on a website, without the need of knowing web programming, scripting or HTML coding. Some say creating web pages with WordPress is as easy as typing in Microsoft Word or posting on Facebook. With just a domain name and inexpensive WordPress hosting, WordPress allows anyone quickly to create quality websites.
WordPress is open source which means it’s free for anyone to use, for any purpose (personal or business).
The first thing to know about WordPress is it comes in two different flavors:
- WordPress.com: a blogging service that is run by the WordPress.com people
- WordPress.org: a self-hosted solution you run on your own hosting account
Our website focuses mainly on the self-hosted solution (WordPress.org) , but since they are the same system the majority of our tutorials, how to and articles will usually apply to both.
Who Uses WordPress?
WordPress is currently used on over 70 million websites! Several big-name companies and organizations use WordPress to run their websites. There are a variety of reasons why people choose it over other content managament systems. The set up costs are a lot less compared to other solutions, other than the fact that websites can be setup and running in very little time. The interface is user-friendly and many authors can contribute. WordPress has thousands of themes and can be customized for any situation making it the perfect choice.
Who Created WordPress?
WordPress was first created by Matt Mullenweg, back in 2003, as an easy-to-use solution for anyone wanting to create their own blog. Since then, it has grown into an enormous community of developers that all work together to make WordPress easier, faster and more secure.