WordPress is an application that allows you to easily build websites and publish content online. It was launched back in 2003 and has since grown to become the most popular website building platform in the world.
The software is released under the GNU Public License, which means it is free to download and free to use.
What attracts people to WordPress is its versatility. It can be used to create blogs, directories, forums, galleries, business websites, online shops and more.
Today, WordPress powers about 35% of all internet websites and its popularity continues to grow.
Let’s take a closer look at WordPress is and what it can do.
What is WordPress?
WordPress was initially a simple blog platform, however it soon developed into a more feature-rich Content Management System (CMS).
The software is written in the PHP scripting language. All website content, including settings, blog posts and pages, are stored in a database. MySQL is the most popular choice of database, but some website owners choose to use an alternative solution such as MariaDB or SQLite.
Don’t worry if this all seems technical. Your hosting company handles the technical side of running WordPress so that you can focus on creating content and marketing your website.
Therein lies the beauty of WordPress.
The software allows anyone, regardless of their technical experience, to quickly create professional looking websites using a user-friendly administration area.
What Can WordPress Do?
In the early days of WordPress, people would ask “What Can WordPress Do?”.
With the functionality of WordPress being expanded so much over the years, I believe a better question today is “What Can’t WordPress Do?” as the software can be used to build just about any type of website.
Of course, WordPress will always be known as a fantastic blogging application and this remains true today.
This article was written by Kevin Muldoon and originally published on WPKube.