WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) and a blog platform which built on PHP and MySQL and license under the GPLv2 (or later). WordPress first published on May 27, 2003 by Matt Mullenweg Mike Little .

WordPress in 2003

Actually, in the first appearance, wordpress is only a simple open source platform for personal blog because its limitation. The main function of this time was creating static page and embed the comment system to article for the interaction of users.

However, compare with the technology at this time, wordpress already had its own star, the user interaction. Because of this, wordpress attracted people day by day and start to receive the donation.

Wordpress donation in 2004

WordPress get the donation from users and developers around the world

And wordpress had a huge step from its beginning, the big upgrade is the back-end interface for better management. Beside that, the themes library opened with a hundred free templates.

A few years later, wordpress continues to update and update. The second big update is the biggest library among other CMS with a thousand plugins. Especially, the upgrade to version 2.8 makes wordpress become the most easiest CMS in the world.

This is some of numbers about wordpress currently:

  • Nearly 72,000,000 websites using wordpress.
  • Nearly 145,000 downloads from wordpress.org every day.
  • WordPress is used 19% websites arround the world, while joomla got 3% and the other is 69% .
  • The total wordpress version downloads at this time is 500,000,000.

And this is some of the famous website are using wordpress.

  • Mashable.
  • TechCrunch.
  • CNN.
  • Forbes.
  • Time.
  • TED.
  • Wired.
  • Reuters.

Pros and Cons of wordpress.

Pros

  • The diversity of plugins, plugins supports everything.
  • Templates library with more than thousand free themes.
  • Easy to use and config even you got a basic knowledge about PHP, MySQL and CSS.
  • A lot of communities support you when you have errors.
  • Can make a lot of websites, from magazine website to e-commerce websites.
  • Easy to install.
  • The Theme Framework help the design wordpress template job becomes simple.
  • Easy to use and manage.

Cons

  • Some difficult concepts for beginners.
  • The awesome themes is not for free.
  • If you are developers, you will be disappointed when using wordpress functions.

WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Before get started, I want to make sure you know clearly about wordpress.com and wordpress.org

What is WordPress.com ?

WordPress.com is a product of Automatic. WordPress.com is an free blog service base on the wordpress platform. You can register and have a wordpress blog after 3 minutes by using this service. However, because it’s free so it has some limitations. Overall, the wordpress.com just has some basic functions for making a personal blog.

What is WordPress.org ?

WordPress.org is the official homepage of wordpress platform which is used by wordpress.com. In here, you will download the latest wordpress source code and run it on your own hosting.

With the full source code, you have all the features which you cannot find in wordpress.com. E.g using the outside themes, plugins,.. You should remember that wordpress is working good when it uses with the right themes and plugins.
Want to know more, please watch the video belows

- References

  • wp101.com
  • thachpham.com