What is WordPress?

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management and blog publishing applications available on the web today. First released in 2003 by developer Matt Mullenweg as a basic blog engine, WordPress is now a full-featured, fully customizable website creation tool used by millions of individuals, businesses and organizations around the world.

WordPress is most popular for its packaged application, which can be downloaded for free at WordPress.org and installed anywhere as the basis, platform, and structure for an entire website. It also offers free blog services online at WordPress.com.

Because it is “open source”—meaning simply that all of its code and files are free to use, customize, and enhance—WordPress technology has been harnessed by thousands. From curious individuals to freelance professionals to Fortune 500 companies, people all over the world use WordPress because of its many powerful features. These include a templating system, workflow, search-engine friendly link structures, advanced content categorization, and more.

Powered by a scripting language called PHP and a database management tool called MySQL, WordPress’ templating system allows users to manipulate and customize functionality and content without having to know or edit PHP or HTML code. It essentially makes managing a website much easier for non-developers. Cosmetic, function, and structural elements like “widgets” and “themes” can be changed and easily customized without affecting the actual content on the site, which sits in a separate database. All over the web today, WordPress powers extremely elaborate creative and corporate websites, simple blogs, and everything in between. Its many powerful features include a templating system, thousands of free plug-ins, search-engine friendly link structures and more.

One of the greatest confirmations of this powerful technology is the growing development community that surrounds it. Web developers all over the world constantly communicate about WordPress and discuss ways to make it better. They create custom plug-ins and themes that make WordPress even more robust acheter cialis.

For businesses, WordPress is an extremely versatile technology that helps achieve goals, engage in social media, perform well in search engines, and manage content, minimizing out-of-house costs.

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  1. I’ve been using WordPress for about 2 years now, and have designed and built many websites using it as the underlying content management system. I would have to say it is one of the best tools for small and medium sized businesses and organizations available on the web today. I find myself recommending it to many friends, family and others who want my opinion on the topic of best practices in setting up and designing a new website in today’s web 2.0 world.

    rbirkey — March 23rd, 2010, 9:18 AM
  2. It’s pretty baffling to me why anyone still uses Blogger. WP is easier to use, more powerful and much more customizable. I’m a big fan.

    NoobaSaurusRex — March 23rd, 2010, 12:36 PM
  3. i started blogging in 2005 using blogger, and about a year later decided to build my own site using wordpress. what a great decision that was … wp is unbelievable. nice video btw!

    docbrandes — March 23rd, 2010, 2:45 PM
  4. Thank you for your instructions, I have a wordpress site that somebody set it up for me and he is not around any more. http://www.asureharvest.com
    I want to put some videos from my youtube account, My question to you is how can I change the videos on my home page?

    Gilbert — October 7th, 2010, 11:26 PM
  5. THANK YOU THAT was helpful >>> keep up the good wok

    memo — June 22nd, 2012, 7:41 PM
  6. Great post, i really need some more info, though. I´m designing the branding for a indstrial designer and it would be cool if I could offer him a CMS WordPress option, thanks! congratulations for the site.

    Luis — November 14th, 2012, 7:32 PM
  7. Hi Luis,
    If you have any specific questions to can send them to us by using our Contact form: http://websmart.tv/contact/

    admin — November 15th, 2012, 8:03 AM
  8. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that Thanks for lunch!

    Johne593 — May 21st, 2014, 9:47 AM

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