WordPress is open source web software that you can install on your web server to create your website, blog, community or network. WordPress started out as a tool for blogging, but has evolved into a full-fledged Content Management System (CMS),
capable of powering websites, networks and communities.
One of the principal advantages of WordPress is that you are in control. Unlike remote-hosted scripts such as Blogger and LiveJournal, you host WordPress on your own server. Installation is very simple, as is the configuration. Unlike other software
programs, there are not a million files to chmod nor are there dozens of templates to edit just to get your site set up and looking the way you want.
What are WordPress'
WordPress has an extensive list of features and, as it is constantly evolving, this list of features is constantly growing.
When was WordPress
WordPress started out life as a fork of b2/cafelog by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. The first version was released in 2003
What is the
The GPL is an open source license. This means you are free to modify and redistribute the source code under certain conditions. You can read more about why we chose the GPL on the License Page.
difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?
WordPress.com is a blog network run by Automattic. It uses WordPress software, but individual blogs are hosted and managed by WordPress.com. This is a free service with premium addons and upgrades.
How Is WordPress related to other
WordPress was primarily inspired by Noah Grey's Greymatter open-source web log and journal software. It is related to b2, sort of a second cousin twice removed. You can use WordPress to post your own stories, ideas, rants, reviews, links, and
pictures of your toothless Uncle Ernie at the wedding reception, if you choose. In addition, you can customize the look and feel of your site. Numerous themes are available and may be modified in many different ways. Through the use of WordPress
Themes, you can quickly change the look and style of your site. You can also extend WordPress' functionality through the use of Plugins. Plugins let you create the website or blog that suits your needs. As you can see, its functionality exceeds
or at least is similar to what is available in most blogging tools today.
Do I need to know
PHP to use WordPress?
No. You should be able to use WordPress through the user interface, without ever having to touch PHP. The only time you would modify your WordPress website with PHP would be when integrating some of the plugins. There are a small number of plugins
that still require manual edits to your files. In most cases, clear instructions are usually given within a text file with the plugin.