WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or online shop. We like to say that WordPress is priceless.
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call ‘home’ – we’d love you to join the family.
WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
Everything you see here, 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 commercial platforms. It also means you are free to use it for anything from your personal home page to a Fortune 500 web site, without paying anyone a licence fee and a number of other important freedoms.
On the above website you can download and install a software script called WordPress. To do this you need a web host who meets the minimum requirements and a little time. WordPress is completely customisable and can be used for almost anything. There is also a service called WordPress.com which allows you to get started with a new and free WordPress-based blog in seconds, however varies in several ways and is less flexible than the WordPress you download and install yourself.
What you can use WordPress for
WordPress started as just a blogging system. It has evolved to be utilised as a full content management system and more via the thousands of plugins, widgets and themes. WordPress is limited only by your imagination.
WordPress is fresh software, and is now a mature and stable product however, its roots and development go back to 2001. WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licenced under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog.