What is WordPress?

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Written by Neil in WordPress with 4 comments

Updated November 1, 2014

WordPress is an online, browser-based website creation tool. It is one of the most popular, versatile and powerful content management systems (CMS). All over the web today, WordPress powers extremely elaborate, creative and corporate websites, simple blogs, and everything in between. Bottom line: it’s probably the easiest and most powerful website creation platform in existence today.

WordPress is open source software, written in PHP. The fact that it’s open source means that:

  1. It’s free!
  2. It can be modified without limitation – anyone can add features, upgrades, plugins and themes.

WordPress essentially provides a website framework that you can quickly and easily customize and fully tailor to accommodate any need. It’s used by everyone from newbies and mommy bloggers to Fortune 500 sites, celebrities, and news outlets, including CNN’s on-air personality blogs, The New York Times’ blogs, TechCrunch, and Mashable.

Point of note: Website101.net is built on WordPress. If you’re curious to see who else is using WordPress, checkout the WordPress Site Showcase to see a number of well-known sites and famous people using WordPress to power their websites.

Easy, Flexible, Extensible

  • First and foremost, WordPress is free! (we know we said it before, just wanted to be clear here).
  • It’s super easy to use: no HTML or code knowledge required.
  • You can setup your website in minutes.
  • It’s fully customizable: almost anything/everything you would ever need is already available through thousands of free and easy-to-install and use “plugins.”
  • It’s search engine friendly: as Google engineer Matt Cutts put it: “WordPress was made to do SEO well.”
  • WordPress’ templating system allows you to easily manipulate and customize functionality and content. It essentially makes managing a website much easier for non-developers.
  • Creating and editing pages and posts is easy; changing and customizing cosmetic, function, and structural elements like “widgets” and “themes” is easy and doesn’t affect the actual site content.
  • The editing interface is very easy to use, and familiar to anyone who uses word-processing software like Word or Notepad.
  • Having a web-based interface means you can create or edit your website from anywhere with just a web browser and an Internet connection.
  • Site administrators can grant various levels of access to others, allowing them to contribute to your website.
  • The blogging features allow you to update your website frequently, manage comments from your readers, and to allow others to subscribe to your site content using RSS. This is also another great SEO feature, because search engines love fresh content!

How Do I Get WordPress?

Now you’re probably asking, “how do I get it?” Getting WordPress is simple!

Due to its incredible popularity, most good hosting companies feature a “one-click” installation for WordPress. Since it’s open source, you’re free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a corporate website without paying a license fee and without any other limitations.

So what’s holding you back? Go get WordPress now and get started on your website!

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