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What is WordPress?

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

Who uses WordPress?

CMS Content management system usage

CMS Content management system usage


  • Ogilvy & Mather South Africa
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Vogue
  • Time.com
  • The New York Times Company
  • The New York Observer
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • The White House

There are over 1,800,000,000 sites, just over 30% of which are powered by WordPress. WordPress is the most popular CMS out there to date followed by Joomla which powers 3.1% of websites and Drupal with just over 41 million websites running on it.
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool, Similar to its competitors Joomla and Drupal however WordPress is easier for anybody to use and is far more stable.
WordPress is an extremely powerful CMS which is greatly customizable with its plugin feature allowing a multitude of features allowing you to have the website of your dreams.

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What can you do with WordPress?

Generally, WordPress is capable of doing anything sites built without WordPress can do such as:

  • Blog
  • E-commerce
  • Business website
  • Landing page/ Sales page
  • Online magazine
  • LMS (Learning Management System)
  • Mobile app back-end CMS (Content Management System)

WordPress is developer oriented which means that one of its main focuses is making it easy for PHP developers to extend the system with its APIs, themes and plugins.