Say hello to WordPress.
WordPress is a free, open-source software that allows you to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. It was officially launched in May 2003.
WordPress gives users the freedom to build. The freedom to change. The freedom to share.
WordPress is designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use.
WordPress is built for simplicity and flexibility. This means you can get online and publishing in no longer than five minutes, and you can create any kind of website you want – from a simple personal blog all the way up to a complex e-commerce website.
WordPress does not discriminate and is licensed under the General Public Licence (GPL), which protects your freedoms.
The Core Freedoms offered under the open-source GPL to all users of WordPress:
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish.
- The freedom to redistribute.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.
There are over 60 million WordPress websites up and running around the world, which equates to more than 38% of websites worldwide.
When you create with WordPress, you own all your data, content and website.
There are two versions of WordPress: wordpress.com and wordpress.org. The main difference is that through your .com site, WordPress is your host. When you choose a .org site, you host your own site through Bluehost, DreamHost, SiteGround, etc.
There are over 55,000 plugins you can use with your site, each one helping you customize your site to your specific needs.
You can choose your own style with 7,889 themes at your fingertips.
WordPress has a mobile app, so you can create and edit on the go. WordPress is continually finding new ways to improve upon itself. Currently, WordPress is working on Phase 2 of the Gutenberg project. The Gutenberg project is a WordPress plugin designed to broaden your access to a web presence and make that process easier.
The Most Popular WordPress Plugins
With 55,000+ free plugins available on the plugin repository (and thousands more on the premium/paid-for marketplace) there’s a plugin for pretty much anything you want. This is what makes WordPress so great (though, arguably, it’s also what contributes to vulnerabilities and bugs!)
WordPress Website Showcase 🤩
Out of the millions of WordPress websites, did you know that some household brand names also use WordPress as their CMS of choice? Here are just some famous brand websites built using WordPress that you may not have known about…
Want to know more about WordPress?
- WP Briefing: Episode 16: A Sneak Peek at WordPress 5.9 September 20, 2021In addition to this episode’s small list of big things, Josepha Haden Chomphosy reviews the upcoming 5.9 WordPress release and its Full Site Editing features. Have a question you’d like answered? You can submit them to [email protected], either written or as a voice recording. Credits Editor: Dustin Hartzler Logo: Beatriz Fialho Production: Chloé Bringmann Song: Fearless First by […]
- Join us for WordPress Translation Day Global Events in September 2021 September 16, 2021WordPress contributors around the world are celebrating the sixth Global WordPress Translation Day throughout September 2021!
- WordPress 5.8.1 Security and Maintenance Release September 9, 2021WordPress 5.8.1 is now available! This security and maintenance release features 60 bug fixes in addition to 3 security fixes. Because this is a security release, it is recommended that you update your sites immediately. All versions since WordPress 5.4 have also been updated. WordPress 5.8.1 is a short-cycle security and maintenance release. The next […]
- The Month in WordPress: August 2021 September 3, 2021I really believe in WordPress’ mission to democratize publishing. And I, for one, will never stop learning about what gives people more access to the software, and what makes the software more usable, and especially how we can combine usability with accessibility in a way that puts form and function on a level playing field. […]
- An Update on the Classic Editor Plugin August 25, 2021Before the release of WordPress 5.0 in 2018, the Classic Editor plugin was published to help ease the transition to the new block editor. At the time, we promised to support the plugin through 2021 and adjust if needed as the deadline got closer. After discussing this with Matt, it’s clear that continuing to support […]
- WP Briefing: Episode 15: A Very WordPress Blooper August 23, 2021Ever wonder what it's like behind the scenes of WP Briefing? Listen in on this episode for a little levity and Josepha's bloopers.
- Widgets in WordPress 5.8 and Beyond August 9, 2021Copy and Design by @critterverse WordPress 5.8 brings the power of Gutenberg blocks to widget areas — which means the highly customizable layout and styling options bring you closer to a WYSIWYG editing experience. I made a test site based on the oldie-but-goodie Twenty Sixteen theme, with three separate widget areas. In this post, I’ll highlight […]