It was first released on May 27, 2003 by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It has grown over the years, currently being the platform of choice for over 20 percent of all websites.
There are many good things about WordPress, but I’ll highlight the following:
- It is open source, which gives developers access to the core code, so they can improve and add to it.
- There are thousands of themes available, many of them free, so you can easily change the look and feel of your website.
- There are countless plugins, that add functionality to the site. The main thing here is not to overdo it. They are great but they shouldn’t distract from the main goals of the site.
- The backend is very easy to use. I’ve set up several WordPress sites for clients, and all tell me how easy it is to create, update, and manage content.
There are two choices for building a WP site. Either the free wordpress.com or a self hosted installation. If you are starting out, I’d recommend going with WordPress.com. You’ll get a feel of how it works, and know the main funcionalities. If, on the other hand, you need more control and have a little IT experience, I’d go for the self-hosted version.
All in all WordPress is a great platform, and it will continue to grow in the coming years.
Below you can see an interview that Matt Mullenweg (WordPress founder and CEO of Automattic) gave to Reid Hoffman (from LinkedIN), where he talks about content, the present and future of WP, as well as the culture at Automattic.