What the heck is wordpress and what is it for ? If you had asked that question a few years ago, most people probably would have unknowingly answered: “It’s for creating a blog”.
Their answer would have been partially correct, but even 5 years ago WordPress was rapidly becoming much more than just an online self-publishing platform.
Let’s quickly jump back to May of 2003, when version 0.70 was released.
If you were using WordPress back then you’ll remember some of the exciting feature releases like managing multiple blogrolls the introduction of post status.
The point I am trying to make here is that when WordPress was first introduced and for many years following, truthfully, it was little more than a simple blogging platform.
Oh, how times have changed!
Fast forward to 2016 and WordPress has progressed from version 0.4 to 4.4 — from a simple blogging platform to a full-fledged content management system that’s capable of running websites for some of the world’s biggest brands.
Companies like Best Buy, BBC America, and Samsung rely on WordPress and for good reason.
In this post, you and I going to explore a little more about what exactly WordPress is, and what makes it so great.
I’ll cover the most common questions that people who are new the world’s leading content management system, love to ask.
WordPress is a Content Management System
Technically, according to Wikipedia, a content management system is an application that provides you the ability to publish, edit, modify, organize, delete and maintain content from a single central interface.
Sheesh, that’s a mouthful, but what does it mean?
In plain English, a content management system is a piece of software, that allows you to maintain a database of information — almost any kind of information.
It could be text, photographs, videos or audio files. All that information can then be displayed and formatted in any way you can imagine.
It just so happens that WordPress is an incredibly powerful CMS.
Powerful not only in its ability to store and manipulate information but also in its ability to display that information on the web in a way that allows you to create beautiful and functional websites.
I just learned what WordPress is! Wow… so much more than I thought!
What is WordPress, and What Makes it So Popular?
To say WordPress is popular would be an understatement.
It’s used on well over 60 million websites including close to 25% of the top 10 million websites worldwide. That’s a huge number by any count, and should put your questions about popularity to rest.
But the real question, especially for someone who’s new to WordPress, is what makes the platform so popular in the first place?
Cost: WordPress is Free
I thought about saving this point until last, simply for shock value. It’s hard to imagine, but it’s true. You can download and install WordPress on almost any web host and it won’t cost you a penny.
WordPress is what you call an Open Source project. Meaning, it’s not created by any one person. There are literally hundreds of people all around the world who contribute to making it so great. With each new release, usability is improved and new features are added.
While the WordPress core is free for everyone to use, the platform’s popularity has also spawned an entire industry.
We’ll get into this a little more shortly, but with a little research, you’ll discover that there are thousands of ways to customize WordPress. Credit: Fancy Themes