WordPress is the most popular online website publishing platform, currently powering more than 20% of the web. WordPress is easily used and managed and used by millions of people daily and has become a mainstay on the internet.
Everything you see in WordPress, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it (more than most co
mmercial platforms). It also means you are free to use it for anything from your cat’s home page to a
Fortune 500 website without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.
What You Can Use WordPress For
WordPress started as just a blogging system but has evolved to be used as a full content management system (CMS) and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. WordPress is limited only by your imagination (and tech chops).
Connect with the Community
In addition to online resources like the forums and mailing lists, a great way to get involved with WordPress is to attend or volunteer at a WordCamp. These are free or low-cost events that happen all around the world to gather and educate WordPress users. These are organized by WordPress users. Check out the WordPress website because there might be a WordCamp near you.
A Little History
WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there.