Introduction

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 official WordPress site or from hundreds of other places around the web. The same goes with plugins, which are used to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.

As well as being a fantastic blogging and content management system, one of the huge benefits is the wealth of information out there. There’s a great community of people behind the design & development of the WordPress system itself. People from all over the world contribute their time, knowledge and skill to keeping WordPress updated and secure.

There’s also a huge number of designers, developers & bloggers who share their knowledge through blog posts, tutorials, reviews, videos and the creation of thousands of themes & plugins.

WordPress powers a staggering amount of websites. In fact, it powers over 23% of the whole web! Everything from personal blogs to large corporate websites. The following are just a very few examples of the millions of diverse sites powered by WordPress…

Voguehttp://www.vogue.com
Vogue is a globally recognised fashion and lifestyle magazine, published monthly by Condé Nast.

The New Yorker – http://www.newyorker.com
The New Yorker is an American magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry, published by Condé Nast.

Sweden’s Official Sitehttp://sweden.se
The website is the official source for facts about Sweden. It is publicly funded, with four organisations behind it: the Swedish Institute; the Swedish Government Offices, including the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications; Business Sweden; and VisitSweden.

Felicia Day – http://feliciaday.com
Felicia Day is a professional actress who has been in numerous movies, tv shows and commercials. She also created “The Guild”, an independent web series with over 6 million hits web-wide. Her passions include video games, fantasy novels, web 2.0, wordpress, cooking, playing with her cats and making people laugh.

The Official Star Wars Blog – http://www.starwars.com/news
Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. Star Wars is one of the most popular movie series of all time and the series’ official blog is powered by WordPress.

Aqua Hotels and Resorts – http://www.aquaresorts.com
Georgia State’s website represents its colleges and schools, centers of creativity and discovery, and provides visitors an opportunity to discover how Georgia State has a major impact on Atlanta, the nation and the world.

SlashGear – http://slashgear.com
SlashGear is a gadget and technology blog that features reviews, columns, videos, photos, discussions, and more. SlashGear receives millions of readers per month and uses WordPress to power its entire site, including main site, bbPress-powered forums, and video site.