What is WordPress?


WordPress logoI use WordPress a lot. I’m not the only one obviously as WordPress is the most popular platform for content management. Anyway, I wanted to write a little bit more about WordPress and why it’s the CMS I use for building websites. Here is an outline from WordPress.org:

“WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it (more than most commercial platforms). It also means it’s free to use for anything from a very simple personal website to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee.

WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001 so it’s a mature and stable product. Focus is on user experience and web standards and during the time WordPress evolved into a tool different from anything else out there. WordPress is now one of the most commonly used tools for web publishing.”

Reason why I use WordPress is:

  • stable and mature platform (roots go back to 2001)
  • open source so thousands of programmers working on the code making it better
  • widely used by small to large organizations
  • Code is poetry – efficient, lightweight code

Using WordPress I can build almost any kind of website and having used it so much I’m quick and efficient which results in websites produced in days and I can focus on the most important thing – content.

To read more about WordPress head on to WordPress.org.