WordPress is web software for creating beautiful, effective and search engine friendly websites, blogs and content management systems. It is a powerful open source web development tool and publishing platform run on the most universally popular database scripts, PHP and MySQL. It has a powerful but highly intuitive and user friendly Content Management System (CMS) and over 6000 plugins and counting, plus an almost endless range of template themes.
These features together give WordPress users almost limitless possibilities to add features, functionality and designs to their site and huge potential to enhance and grow their online business.
Rapid Growth in Popularity
WordPress is used by over 14% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites as of May 2011, but this figure is rapidly growing. WordPress is fast becoming the most widely used platform in the world for web design and development – just see the meteroic rise in its popularity here on Google Trends. Also, see here how quickly it has overtaken Joomla and Drupal as the most popular content management system.
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 25 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — join the family!
Who uses WordPress?
Everyone loves WordPress, from solo bloggers, to huge corporations like Sony and Ford, with everything in between. For more information about some of the higher profile organisations who use WordPress, read this article.