WordPress is an Open Source software system used by millions of people around the world to create beautiful websites and blogs. It is completely customisable by the use of themes and plugins.
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
Themes can be easily downloaded from the WordPress site or hundreds of other places around the web. The same goes with plugins, which are used to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.
WordPress is built around two basic concepts. Posts and Pages. Posts are what your typical blog contains. A series of articles, listed (usually) reverse-chronologically. Pages are used for more static content (ie. Content that doesn’t change or changes infrequently). An “About us” page is an example of a Page on a typical website. In most cases you’ll find that the content in the “About us” page doesn’t change all that frequently.
Now, you might be thinking, “but I don’t need a blog”. This might be true, but you can also use the blog “concept” if you have a site where you need to display your ‘latest news’ or even just company updates. Basically, any information that gets updated on a semi-regular basis can benefit from the “blog” functionality. Whether that’s a traditional blog, your companies “latest news” or even just your own personal updates.
The following are just a very few examples of the millions of diverse sites powered by WordPress…
Samsung Newsroom – http://www.samsungusanews.com
The latest news on Samsung products and events, powered by WordPress.
The Ford Story – http://www.thefordstory.com
The Ford Story is a site committed to making Ford’s progress towards getting new high-quality, fuel-efficient cars and trucks on the road today transparent and open.
Web Designer Wall – http://www.webdesignerwall.com
A wall of design ideas, web trends, and tutorials.
Kobe Bryant – http://kb24.com
Kobe Bryant is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Wheaton College – http://wheatoncollege.edu
Wheaton College is a private liberal arts college ranked among the top in the nation. Its beautiful New England campus is near Boston and Rhode Island.
Mashable – http://mashable.com
With more than 5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the world’s largest blog focused exclusively on social networks.