We use WordPress to build all of our websites, so we thought we’d take the time to explain to you exactly what WordPress is.

Put simply, WordPress is the most popular tool out there for creating websites or blogs.

Believe it or not, WordPress now powers over 32% of all websites on the internet*.

That’s a big slice of the internet action!

The techy definition

Here goes the more technical definition of WordPress. It’s an open source content management system (CMS for short) licensed under GPLv2. This basically means anyone can use or modify WordPress software for free.

You might hear us refer to CMS quite a bit, but in a nutshell it’s a tool we use to build and manage a website. Best of all you don’t need to be a computer programmer to be able to use WordPress, it’s incredibly user friendly. This means once your website is complete, we can give you the option to manage your own website updates or we offer customisable retainer services, so you don’t have to worry about the upkeep of your site.

Who invented WordPress?

Let’s take it back a few years and give you a brief history of WordPress.

Two chaps called Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg started WordPress back in 2003 when they created their own version of a previous project called b2/cafelog. As we’re keeping the history short and sweet, we won’t go into this here, but follow the link if you want to know more.

They recognised the need for an elegant, well-structured personal publishing system and wanted to come up with the solution.

With a little help from their friends that is…

As WordPress is an open-source software, a huge community of contributors quickly developed and continues to grow today. Everyone works together to make WordPress the best CMS it can be.

And given that WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet, we have an inkling they’re doing something right.

What type of website can you make using WordPress?

In one word, any!

When it first launched all those years ago, WordPress was mostly used to build blogs. But things quickly changed, and the software can be used to create practically any type of website these days, just try us.

It’s all thanks to an update to the core code and a massive catalogue of themes and plugins, which means WordPress can be used to power any type of website.

We use WordPress to create a variety of websites for our clients, from simple brochure sites to tell customers about a business through to fully transactional eCommerce sites. Take a look at this article if you need any steer on the type of website you’d ideally want for your business.

Who else uses WordPress?

You’d be surprised! Or would you, given 32% of the web is powered by WordPress?

It ranges from individuals using WordPress for their personal blogs through to big brands and celebrities, even politicians. We did a bit of digging and uncovered 12 WordPress sites from some of the most recognised brands and names on the planet.  But we’re just scraping the surface.

Here’s a crazy stat to further our last point and leave you with food for thought…

Around 19,500,000 websites on the entire web use WordPress!*

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*Source: codeinwp.com/blog/wordpress-statistics