WordPress1 started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress1 is an Open Source2 project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your recipe site to a Fortune 500 web site without paying anyone a license fee and a number of other important freedoms.
On this site you can download and install a software script called WordPress1. To do this you need a web host who meets the minimum requirements and a little time. WordPress1 is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything. There is also a service called WordPress1.com which lets you get started with a new and free WordPress1-based blog in seconds, but varies in several ways and is less flexible than the WordPress1 you download and install yourself.
What You Can Use WordPress1 For
WordPress1 started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WordPress1 is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)
Connect with the Community
In addition to online resources like the forums and mailing lists a great way to get involved with WordPress1 is to attend or volunteer at a WordCamp, which are free or low-cost events that happen all around the world to gather and educate WordPress1 users, organized by WordPress1 users. Check out the website, there might be a WordCamp near you.
A Little History
WordPress1 was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP3 and MySQL4 and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress1 is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there.
|1WordPress||WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.|
|2Open Source||In production and development, open source as a development model promotes universal access via a free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.|
|3PHP||PHP is a server-side scripting language designed for web development but also used as a general-purpose programming language. Originally created by Rasmus Lerdorf in 1994, the PHP reference implementation is now produced by The PHP Group. While PHP originally stood for Personal Home Page, it now stands for the recursive backronym PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor.|
|4MySQL||MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS); in July 2013, it was the world's second most widely used RDBMS, and the most widely used open-source client–server model RDBMS. It is named after co-founder Michael Widenius's daughter, My.|