WordPress

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 on WordPress.org, 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 cat’s home page to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.

Celebrity Sites Powered by WordPress

Alanis Morisette

Alanis Morisette

William Shatner

William Shatner

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

Steve Blake

Steve Blake

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dog

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton

LL Cool J

LL Cool J

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katie Couric

Katie Couric

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Jay Z

Jay Z

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks

Gabriel Iglesias

Gabriel Iglesias

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Blondie

Blondie

Bill Burr

Bill Burr

Beyonce

Beyonce

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

About WordPress.org

On the WordPress.org site 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 customizable and can be used for almost anything.

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. (And tech chops.)

Connect with the Community

In addition to online resources like the forums and mailing lists a great way to get involved with WordPress is to attend or volunteer at a WordCamp, which are free or low-cost events that happen all around the world to gather and educate WordPress users, organized by WordPress users. Check out the website, there might be a WordCamp near you.

A Little History

WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. By focusing on user experience and web standards WordPress is a tool different from anything else out there.

For a bit more about WordPress’ history check out the WordPress Wikipedia page or this page on their own Codex.