WordPress is web-based software you can use to create your own website or blog. Technically speaking, it is a content management system. All websites are created with content. When you visit a website, its content is the text you read, the images you see, the videos you watch, and the audio you hear. As a content management system, WordPress makes it easy for you to add or change content any time you desire.
Since its first release in 2003, WordPress has become one of the most popular web publishing platforms powering over 60,000,000 (sixty million) web sites around the world.
W3Techs is a statistical reporting company that collects information about the usage of various types of technologies on the web through a robust monitoring process of the top 1 million websites. W3Techs says this about WordPress:
“WordPress is used by 54.0% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 16.3% of all websites.”
What many people don’t realize is that WordPress is not just a blogging tool. As a highly flexible and powerful content management system, it enables you to build and manage your own full-featured website(s) to suit any purpose you can imagine just using your browser. I’ve used it to set up websites for customers who wanted e-commerce solutions, customer relationship management (CRM), membership management, and events planning functionality. Of course, if you want to blog, it’s still great for that, too.
The best thing of all is that it is completely free! You’ll never have to spend a dime getting a website up and running if you don’t want to. How’s that for a benefit?
You might be wondering, “How can software as powerful as WordPress be free?” It’s free because it is an open source project which means that hundreds of software developers around the world volunteer their time and effort to constantly evolve and improve the core WordPress software. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of plugins, themes, and widgets that extend the capability of WordPress and allow you to completely customize your site to any extent you envision.