What is WordPress?
In non-geek speak, WordPress is web publishing software you can use to create your own website or blog. Since it was released in 2003, WordPress has become one of the most popular web publishing platforms. Today it powers more than 70 million websites!
But many people don’t realize that WordPress is much more just a blogging tool. It’s also a highly flexible content management system (CMS) that enables you to build and manage your own full-featured website using just your web browser. Best of all, it’s completely FREE.
That’s because WordPress is an ‘Open Source’ project. That means that hundreds of volunteers from all around the world are constantly creating and improving the code for the WordPress software. And, there are thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes that enable you to build just about any type of website you can imagine.
So, how does WordPress work?
Since the earliest days of the Internet, websites have been created in HTML — a programming language that utilizes instructions called ‘tags’ to format text, page layouts, images, and so on.
Your web browser then reads this HTML code, interpreting those tags to render and display the content of a particular page.
Today, you can install the WordPress software script on your own web server in about 5 minutes. Once installed, you’ll use a simple, web-based editor to create web pages — without having to learn HTML. There is even a hosted version at WordPress.com that allows you to create a new WordPress-powered website in just a few seconds.
And, because it’s built on industry-standard PHP and MySQL, WordPress can run on just about any modern web server.