WordPress: What, Why & How

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

Who makes WordPress?
  • There is a core team of developers that lead the project development, but anyone can contribute patches, report bugs, suggest features etc.
  • Project leaders change from one version to another.
  • If you get involved in the community, then you can easily become a core contributor of WordPress.
What is WordPress?
  • WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool.
  • It’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
  • One reason WordPress is so popular is because of the enormous WordPress community—there are many developers who create free WordPress themes and plugins.
Why WordPress?
  • The best part about WordPress is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough for just about anything. That’s the main reason why WordPress has grown so much in popularity.
  • According to a recent survey, WordPress powers 22.5% of all websites on the internet.
Why is WordPress is free? What’s the catch?
  • WordPress is a free software, this means you are free to download, install, use and modify it.
  • You can use it to create any kind of website. It is also open source which means the source code of the software is available for any one to study, modify and play with.

There are currently 2600+ WordPress themes and 31,000+ plugins available for free. You can download, install and use them on any website.

Who uses WordPress?
  • Many Fortune 500 companies are using WordPress.
  • Due to it’s robust features, many of the top brands use WordPress to power their websites including but not limited to: Time Magazine, Google, Facebook, Sony, Disney, LinkedIn, The New York Times, CNN, eBay, and more.
  • If you’re ever curious about about who uses WordPress, head on over to the WordPress site showcase and you’ll be impressed by the number of well-known sites and famous people using WordPress to power their websites.
How do I get started using WordPress?
  • WordPress is free. Yes – it’s 100% free.
  • WordPress exists in the cloud—it not an application like Microsoft Word that you pay for and then download to your computer.
  • You access your WordPress website using the internet, again you do not need to download any software to your computer.