When I was first introduced to WordPress by a friend the first question I ask was what is WordPress? And I am sure you are as well impatient to know what WordPress is before getting your hands dirty.
Without biting around the bush let unveil what WordPress is.
WordPress is a web publishing software use to create websites quickly and easily.
WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) that makes it easy to create and manage a website. Among a few popular alternatives, it’s one of the most used content management systems (CMS). According to w3tech, WordPress powers 35% of all the websites on the internet.
It’s a popular tool for individuals without any coding experience who want to build websites and blogs.
This software has employed and generates thousands of job opportunities around the world, and there are millions of websites making money using WordPress.
To give you an idea of how divest WordPress is let’s take a look at some few websites that are currently running WordPress
Go to wordpress.org/showcase
This is just a tip of the iceberg; you can make a great looking site just like any of this website in a matter of an hour. WordPress is a flexible enough tool that it can be used to build just about anything you can imagine!
Here is the best part WordPress is free, it’s both free to use and free to modify. So, if you are the sort of person who likes to fiddle with code, you can dig in and make WordPress do just about anything you want it to do.
If we take a look at the wordpress.org website, in the top right is a button that says ‘Download WordPress’. This Page allows you to download the latest version for free.
Let talk about the history of WordPress
According to the official wordpress.org history, WordPress is the official successor to a blogging tool developed by a French programmer Michel Valdrighi named b2/cafelog, which launched in 2001, unfortunately, in 2002 he stopped updating his creation for a personal reason.
So in January 2003 a user of b2 Matt Mullenweg post on his blog that he’d be willing to create a fork of the project and soon saw the interest of Mike Little who together execute the project.
Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging and publishing tool in the world, used on millions of websites/blogs and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
With that being said WordPress is a whole lot of thing I can’t say enough.