WordPress started in 2003 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 in the core code, from the documentation to the software itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project built using PHP and mySQL, and 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 cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and you are welcome to modify as you see fit.
What You Can Use WordPress For
WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination.
WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content or structure of the site. Themes may be installed using the WordPress “Appearance” administration tool. The PHP, HTML and CSS code found in themes can be added or edited for providing advanced features. Thousands of WordPress themes exist, some free, and some paid for. WordPress users may also create and develop their own custom themes if they have the knowledge and skill to do so.
WordPress’s plugin architecture allows you to extend its features. WordPress has a database of over 30,000 plugins, each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs. These customisations range from search engine optimization, to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars and eCommerce.