What is WordPress?

WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) and it originally started as a blogging tool, but now it is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) which is powering more than 25% of different websites, networks and communities on the web.

About WordPress.org

This is the website where you can download the platform WordPress. To do this you need a web host (useful article how to choose WordPress host) who meets the minimum requirements (PHP version 5.6 or greater and MySQL version 5.6 or greater) and a little time to install it.

For What You Can Use WordPress?

The platform originally started as a blogging system but has evolved in something bigger, WordPress become full Content Management System (CMS) which includes many awesome features of WP functionality. Some of the most important – simple interface, custom themes (free and paid), enhanced plugins with advanced options(free and paid), dynamic page generation, user system, multipage posts, spam and password protection and a lot of more. All this gives you the power to use it for everything you can imagine on web.

Frequently asked questions from beginners

1. Do I need to know any programming language or have any additional knowledge to use WordPress?
No, you don’t need to have any skills in web development to play with WordPress. You will be able to do all necessary modifications with your future blog or website through the user-friendly admin panels. Ofcourse if you want some customization there are a lot of options to find and hire a developer who will customize it.
2. Can I use WordPress for building online store ?
Yes, the only thing is that you need to add the eCommerce plugin to your WordPress install.
3. How to maintenance WordPress ?
Check the requirements for the new version. If there is new version you need to go to Tools > Upgrade. Click the button Update Automatically and you are all set. It is good to backup your files for safety before that.
4. Can I install WordPress on my computer ?
Yes, you can install WordPress on your computer but only for testing purposes, because only you will be able to access to it.
5. Is WordPress SEO optimized ?
WordPress is search engine friendly, you will still need to do some manual SEO work (there are a lot of useful plugins and tutorials which can help you) for best results.
6. What are supported languages in WordPress ?
WordPress is available in a lot of languages, however a lot of people are working on translating it, so here you can see a list of available languages.