Wordpress: What it is and Who's Using it

By eric on 05/01/2016

If you’ve browsed the internet, chances are you’ve come across a website that uses Wordpress. As the platform on which 25% of the internet is built, it has become the go-to source for making websites. But what exactly is it? Let’s take a look at what they’re about and who’s using it.  

Wordpress is a free open-source website building tool that can be used to make anything from “your recipe site to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee,” as their “about” page describes. Because it is open-source, anyone can make functions and features for the platform, as long as they have the technical know-how to do it. In short, Wordpress is open to absolutely anyone that has the desire to  make a personal blog or website.

The software’s open source nature has lead to over 40 thousand individual plugins and well over a billion downloads. Some of the most popular add-ons include Akismet, which automatically checks a blog’s comments for spam and WP Super Cache, a plugin designed to turn Wordpress’s native PHP scripts into smaller static html files. Akismet has become such a seminal part of Wordpress that it has actually been included in the normal installation of the Wordpress program, which just goes to show how much they care about giving the very best to their users.

Some of the biggest brands in the world are using Wordpress for their overseas websites. Companies like Vogue and Toyota have utilized the tool to efficiently create and promote their products in India and Brazil, respectively. Even the likes of Finland and Canada are getting in on the action and using it as the base on which to promote their countries. All of these Wordpress-powered sites are proudly displayed in their very own showcase page on Wordpress’s hub.

Wordpress began as a simple-to-use blogging website and is still it’s biggest claim to fame. It continues to be the platform of choice for everyone that wants to create a blog that is unique, but still has a familiar layout. The development tools are easy to understand and get familiar with, prompting thousands of people to turn to it to share their lives and activities with the rest of the world. Maintaining a development blog for teams working on software or other projects will definitely benefit by giving their fans exclusive insight into what is in the works. Wordpress prides itself on its community, so their curators peruse through these blogs and highlight the very best content on their own website.

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or simply someone that wants to show off their gardening prowess, Wordpress is a great tool to make your website look great.

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