About WordPress

What is WordPress?

Rather than reinvent the wheel, here’s the summary definition from Wikipedia.

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a dynamic content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet. – Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress)

BuiltWith.com currently has WordPress accounting for 63% of content management systems running on the web, you can read more about this at http://trends.builtwith.com/cms.

If you want to find out more about WordPress you can go directly to their specific websites below. We’ve given you a short explanation on what each website provides so you can make sure you visit the right place for your needs:

  • wordpress.com – Here you can get a free hosted version of WordPress which uses the same WordPress software that you can download from WordPress.org.
    • Great for people new to websites
    • Free and easy to setup from many different themes available
    • Backups, security, upgrades etc. are looked after for you
    • Note: You won’t be able to upload your own custom theme, modify the code or install plugins
  • wordpress.org – This is where you can download the free version of WordPress for your own server or 3rd party hosting provider which you need to pay for.
    • You will have more flexibility with this option, as you can upload your own themes, install plugins and update the code
    • You must have some technical knowledge to be able to set up and run the website
    • You are also responsible for backups, upgrades and security of your site
  • codex.wordpress.org – Here you will find the official online manual for WordPress with plenty of information and relevant documentation on WordPress. It also has a comprehensive list of themes and plugins. Chances are you’ll certainly end up at the Codex in your travels if you’re using WordPress.
  • wordpress.tv – Features a great selection of videos covering a range of WordPress tutorials and presentations.