WordPress is what is known as a Content Management System (or CMS) and claims to be the biggest blog CMS tool available on the Internet. Originally starting out as a simple website-enhancer in 2003, WordPress rapidly expanded its capabilities to what we know today. For users wanting to host their own blogs, WordPress is considered the be the best free self-hosted tool. Implemented on millions of websites around the world, WordPress makes website creation easier and better for the developer and the user.

While originally created to help self-hosted blogs, WordPress quickly became a very valid option for simple website development – with out without a blog. The capacity to post blog items, which originally was the foundation of the website, was expanded to include pages and other website functions. This eventually resulted in a CMS that was capable of producing an entire website with only a simple install onto a server.

A CMS gives the capacity for the end user to edit the simple elements of the site (for example, the blog posts or changing the text on the contact page), without the need to contact the original website developer. This makes it an ideal product for developers and designers to sell to clients.

WordPress is now widely used across the website development community and is seen to be a brilliant example of an “off the shelf” CMS, this is primarily due to the simplicity and ease to edit and adapt the CMS around a standard, purchased or entirely self-developed theme. WordPress themes and plugins are now available for free from the WordPress website or simply searching online and will compliment a WordPress site dramatically in both the way it looks and the way in which it functions.

In short, WordPress is the perfect way to build a website. Once considered to be limited, WordPress is now so versatile and adaptable that it can be impossible for the untrained eye to recognise a website running WordPress and one developed in HTML from scratch.

You can visit the WordPress website here: WordPress.org