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?
- WordPress 6.5 Beta 2 February 20, 2024WordPress 6.5 Beta 2 is now ready for download and testing! This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended you evaluate Beta 2 on a test server and site.
- WP Briefing: Episode 73: Inside the Interactivity API February 19, 2024In the latest WordPress Briefing, Josepha Haden Chomphosy discusses the Interactivity API, a new foundational tool that helps developers create memorable interactive front-end experiences. She is joined by special guests and sponsored contributors Ryan Welcher and Mario Santos, who share more about this impactful addition to the WordPress developer experience.
- 2023 Annual Survey Results and Next Steps February 14, 2024Each year, WordPress seeks to collect high-level data about trends and themes across the vast ecosystem of users, site builders, extenders, and contributors to help inform decision-making and provide valuable feedback on the project's status. For 2023, the survey process was updated to enhance accessibility, usability, analysis, and multilingual support. Additionally, a few questions were […]
- WordPress 6.5 Beta 1 February 13, 2024WordPress 6.5 Beta 1 is now ready for download and testing! This version of the WordPress software is under development. Please do not install, run, or test this version of WordPress on production or mission-critical websites. Instead, it is recommended you evaluate Beta 1 on a test server and site.
- People of WordPress: Sunita Rai February 7, 2024This People of WordPress features Sunita Rai, a content marketer and volunteer translator from Nepal.
- The Month in WordPress – January 2024 February 6, 2024January kicked off with big plans for the WordPress project in the year ahead. Work on the WordPress 6.5 release is underway, with Beta 1 scheduled for next week and early testing opportunities. Let’s catch up on all the exciting updates from the past month. Looking at 2024 In a recent episode of WP Briefing, […]
- WP Briefing: Episode 72: Why Your Website Matters February 5, 2024In the latest WordPress Briefing, Josepha Haden Chomphosy explores the reasons for choosing a website supporting your digital presence, covering topics from trust-building to professionalism to owning a unique online domain.