WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. It is a sophisticated Content Management System (CMS). WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
WordPress powers more than 24% of the web — a figure that rises every day. Everything from simple websites, to blogs, to complex portals and enterprise websites, and even applications, are built with WordPress.
WordPress combines simplicity for users and publishers with under-the-hood complexity for developers. This makes it flexible while still being easy-to-use.
WordPress was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on itThe license under which the WordPress software is released is the GPLv2 (or later) from the Free Software Foundation. A copy of the license is included with every copy of WordPress, but you can also read the text of the license here. As such, the “core” WordPress software is free to use. Additional features and capabilities available in WordPress “plugins” or “themes” typically carry an annual maintenance or licensing fee. However, most of these are included in QuikSite’s hosting fees, as QuikSite is a developer and maintains many of these licenses for its customer base under various agreements. There are approximately 30,000+ plugins and 2,000+ themes listed on the WordPress.org site. These themes and plugins are submitted for inclusion and are manually reviewed by volunteers before making them available on the repository.
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