What WordPress Is

Chances are, if you’re reading this page, you’ve already heard about WordPress. But what exactly is WordPress? Simply put, WordPress is web software you can use to create your own website or blog.

Since it was first released in 2003, WordPress has become one of the most popular web-publishing platforms, and today it powers more than 70 million websites. But what many people don’t realize is that WordPress is not just a blogging tool. It’s also a highly flexible content management system or 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 is because WordPress is an open source project. Which means that hundreds of volunteers from all over the world are constantly improving the code of WordPress. And there are thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes that make you build your own custom website for just about anything you can imagine.

So, how does it work? Since the early days of the internet, websites have been created by HTML–a programming language that uses complex instructions called tags to format texts, page layouts, and so on. Your web browser then reads this HTML code interpreting those tags to render and display those content on a particular page.

These days, you can install the WordPress software script on your own web server in about five minutes, and once installed it enables you to use a simple web-based editor to create webpages without having to learn HTML.