WordPress began as a blogging system. Now it has become a powerful content management system or CMS. WordPress is only limited by your imagination. Today, more people use WordPress than any other free content management system and most commercial content management systems.
“WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL. It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on web standards and user experience we can create a tool different from anything else out there.”- WordPress about page
WordPress has many advantages. To begin with, the design of a WordPress site is simple to change using “themes”, which are customizable sets of images and CSS. This means that if you want to change the way your website looks all you have to do is change the theme. No more spending thousands of dollars to get a new look for your website. The content of your website is held in the database and switching themes changes the look/feel in moments. If you are okay with your website looking like thousands of other websites you can find themes online for free or for a small fee. If you want a unique look/feel to your website – you can have a custom theme created.
Just to list a few of the WordPress capabilities: shopping cart, visitor comments, social media integration, images, image gallery, video, video gallery, Search Engine Optimization, event organization, etc.
No programming or HTML knowledge is needed for you to update manage your website. If you can use a word processing program, you will catch on quickly! Posts and pages are generated with the click of a button. You can log in and modify your site’s content from any computer connected to the web.
The WordPress software allows for multiple users to update your website and it lets the site administrator set what users can do.