WordPress is not only used by bloggers, businesses, and publications, but also educational institutions, and even governments.
WordPress powers more than 30% of all websites on the Internet.
WordPress is Open Source. WordPress was released under a GNU GPL license, which allows anyone in the world to download it and use it. The source code is freely available for anyone to study, use, modify, and build upon.
Since WordPress is an open source project, it is not owned by any company and does not have a CEO.
The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck Tremoulet, a blogger and friend of Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress).
Mullenweg was a 19-year old freshmen attending the University of Houston when WordPress was launched.
The first version of WordPress was released in 2003. This makes WordPress older than Facebook and Twitter.
Until the “W” watermark was introduced in early 2005, WordPress had no logo to call its own.
WordPress holds nearly 60% of Content Management System (CMS) market share. No other website builder software comes close. CMS was created to eliminate the need for any kind of programming by the users of a web publishing system.
More than 22% of all new domain names in the United States are running WordPress.
There are more than 56,000 free WordPress plugins.
WordPress is fully translated into 68 languages and it is partially translated into dozens more.
WordPress sites are easy to manage.
41% of all online stores use WooCommerce, a WordPress shopping cart plugin.
Over 87 million new WordPress posts are created every month.
Gutenberg, a new WordPress editor, will ship with WordPress 5.0 - a What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) experience.
Just as WordPress names its versions after big names in history, WordPress 5.0 is titled after Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press in the 15th century.
Nearly 50% of WordPress sites that are affected by a security vulnerability are caused by outdated or poorly coded WordPress plugins or themes.
There are some high-profile brands using WordPress (CNN’s blogs, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mashable, People Magazine, The Rolling Stones, Vogue, MTV News, Facebook for their Newsroom, Harvard Business Review, etc.)
WordPress communities organize conferences across the globe to talk about everything WordPress, with more events every year. Search for a WordCamp near YOU!
So why WordPress? Because it ROCKS! WordPress is the right choice.
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