What is WordPress?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) licensed under the GPLv2 which provides users with freedom to:

  • Run the program, for any purpose
  • Study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish
  • Redistribute
  • Distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

WordPress was started as a standalone project, fork of b2/cafelog in 2003. Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little are the founders of WordPress. Today however, the project is owned, managed & developed by entire WordPress community contributors.

WordPress out of the box offers three content types, namely Page, Post & Media. You can organise your website pages such as Home, About, Contact us etc under “Page” content type. The “Post” content type can be used to publish articles, news, updates etc. You can segregate the articles using categories and tags.

WordPress’ Media content type allows you to upload images, documents, audio & video files. Media is a central library for your site that hosts any images, documents, audio, video you want to use or have used in pages or posts.

WordPress provides very easy to use admin dashboard. It has inbuilt user roles like Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor & Subscriber. Using these roles the dashboard features can be restricted per user by assigning specific role.