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The Definition of WordPress

WordPressis open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. (As defined by WordPress itself)

Expanding on this definition – WordPress is the world’s most popular open-source software for building blogs, business websites, eCommerce stores, learning management systems, social networks, apps and many other types of web platforms. WordPress powers 42% of the world’s websites.

WordPress is a Content Management System that can be used to build simple personal blogs or massive corporate platforms. It is almost infinitely scalable, flexible and powerful.

There are two versions of WordPress.

  1. WordPress.org allows you to download the software and install it on your hosting account and you get complete control over how you use the software without any payment*.
  2. WordPress.com hosts the software for you and lets you build your own website for free but with limitations. In order to unlock additional features you have to pay more each month.

* If you get a website designer it developer to build a website for you, you will still have to pay them for their work but the WordPress software itself is free.

See also: Content Management System, Open Source, Website, Blog, eCommerce, Learning Management System, Domain Name


Gordon Wridgway
Gordon Wridgway
Founder and CEO of SME Rocket. Gordon is passionate about eCommerce and growing small businesses into big businesses.
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