Press Kit: About WordPress

Data Sheet:

  • Programming language: PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML.
  • Initial release: 2004
  • Open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. as of: 2004
  • Current major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality.: 4.9
  • Core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. 20+
  • Languages: 50+
  • Total downloads: 670 million +

How do you choose a Content Management System (CMS)?

Don’t ask its biggest fans. Or its biggest foes. Both groups will tell you what they want you to hear. Don’t look at feature lists — at least, not by themselves, and not without understanding what those features will do for your site. And don’t even look at benefits for your site—by themselves.

Start with your goals.

Before choosing any tool, like a CMS, you must understand the goals of the site. What is is supposed to do? And then look at your options in that context.

  • Will your ultimate choice start where you are and grow with your organization?
  • Will your users be able to get things done simply and securely?
  • Will your audience get on board with your mission, collaborate as a community, and help you grow?

WordPress is Popular.

For 29% of sites on the web, WordPress is the CMS of choice.

You’ve probably heard of it. If you are online at all, you’ve definitely used it. And if you need a CMS with an army of support techs, developers and fixers of every sort, ready to help on a minute’s notice and often for free, you’ve found it.

WordPress has a History.

WordPress was born as a blogging platform at the dawn of the social web in 2004. But it soon evolved past that simple use case. As publishing moved online and publications adopted new tools, for many, the tool of choice quickly became WordPress.

Today WordPress is used by 29% of all websites as a content management system, an ecommerce solution, a platform for powering mobile applications, and so much more. It’s community of thousands of contributors have expanded the capabilities and reach far beyond its humble blogging roots. The project continues to thrive and grow year over year, powering many thousands of new projects every year.

WordPress is ExtensibleExtensible This is the ability to add additional functionality to the code. Plugins extend the WordPress core software..

From a technical perspective, WordPress is based on PHP and uses a relational database, such as MySQLMySQL MySQL is a relational database management system. A database is a structured collection of data where content, configuration and other options are stored., to store content and configuration. The evolution of the project has seen more and more of the code, being rewritten as JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser., leveraging the ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. library on the back end and jQuery baked in on the front end.

WordPress does a lot, from the very beginning.

It gives you a suite of intuitive tools for working with text, images, audio and video—even if you’ve never published anything online before.

It publishes your work to the web and keeps track of

  • Author
  • Media
  • Revision History

As a publishing tool, you have the choice of when to take your work live — immediately or scheduled for the future. WordPress even allows tiered user roles which allows for collaboration.

Welcome to the ecosystem.

On WordPress, the theme’s design controls the look and feel of the site. Functionality is added with plugins. With the best practice WordPress Developer, design is left to the theme and functionality—which can be as complex as commerce, event booking, reservation systems or as simple as changing the spelling of a single recurring word—with plugins.

You can find free themes and plugins in their respective directories at These free themes and plugins are reviewed for quality, security, and compatibility with WordPress before they ever go on display.

Need something else? You can find premium themes and plugins for sale on any number of platforms in a thriving, multibillion-dollar ecosystem that spans the world. Along with an army of WordPress professionals on standby, ready to build themes, your plugins — your whole site—just for you.

Build your own.

If you’re willing to learn a little PHP along with some HTMLHTML HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a markup language that is used in the development of web pages and websites. and CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site., you can make styling changes to your theme or build a new one that’s completely yours – or your client’s. With a bit more PHP and some reasonable JavaScript knowledge, you can build plugins.

WordPress is extensible. With actions and filters, WordPress developers can write custom code to accomplish the site’s goals — business and otherwise.

WordPress is a popular, extensible, and well-supported CMS.

Online: The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. ………. Intentional platform An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before.……….. Hosted weblogs….. Community chat…. WordCamps worldwide