What is WordPress?
WordPress is open source web publishing software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. It is a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.
WordPress is the world’s most popular website CMS and blogging system. It was first released in the year 2003 on May 27 and it supports millions of websites today.
Applications using WordPress:
There are many popular websites and blogs that make use of WordPress. Some are the famous websites are mentioned below:
- Microsoft News Center
- BBC America
- Star Wars News
- The New York Times Company
- jQuery Blog
- Chicago Sun Times
Why WordPress is so Popular?
As per W3Techs, WordPress is used by 60.1% of all the websites whose content management system is known. This is 29.6% of all websites (Statistics updated in Feb 2018).
There are many features that makes this software so popular. First of all, It is considered as easiest and most flexible website creation tools for beginners.
WordPress was started just a blogging system, but it has evolved to be used as full content management system. Today, it is capable of creating any kind of web application, from a simple blog to a featured rich business website. You can use thousands of themes and plugins that are available to extend your WordPress website.
We will Learn more about WordPress step by step in next chapters.