WordPress is an online, open source website creation software written in PHP and MySQL database code. WordPress software is free and available for installation on most web hosting plans.
At first, WordPress was primarily used to create a simple Blog website.
Today, WordPress is the most popular tool used to create and manage websites for small to large sized businesses, non-profits and universities. One does not have to know web code in order to create or update a WordPress website.
WordPress is, by far, the most popular open source, Content Management System (CMS), used by approximately 75 million websites.
A content management system, or CMS, is basically a tool that makes it easy to manage important aspects of your website – like content – without needing to know anything about programming.
In non-geek speak, WordPress is probably the easiest and most powerful website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. Users can quickly and easily learn to update the content on their WordPress website by logging into the site back-end, or Dashboard, and adding text content or uploading new images. WordPress software is free to install, deploy and upgrade. Thousands of free and commercial plugins and themes are available at WordPress.org.
WordPress is the simplest, most popular way to create your own website!
People often confuse WordPress CMS software with WordPress.com. WordPress.com (often referred to as self-hosted WordPress) is a free blogging platform that uses WordPress CMS software.
WordPress.org is a website where one can download the WordPress CMS software to install on a computer and where one can find thousands of free WordPress plugins and themes that are easy to install on a WordPress website.
If one owns a domain then WordPress CMS can be installed for free by most web hosting companies. Install a free or commercial WordPress theme, and a new WordPress website is created.
To update the look of your new WordPress website, a new theme can easily be installed. The existing webpages, text and images, stay in place so no content is lost. With an HTML coded, non-Wordpress website, this is not possible and updating takes a lot of time, work and expense.