With so many different web platforms and content management systems out there, it can often be difficult to see the wood for the trees when choosing which one to choose for your new website. One of the most popular, powerful and easy to use is WordPress. But what’s it all about?

Launched in 2003, WordPress is a free (yes free) CMS/web platform that anyone can install and build a website on. And it’s become extremely popular.

A quick check on Internet Live Stats shows that (at the time of writing) there are almost 1.3 billion live websites in the world. Now, if we look at the W3Techs website, we can see that 29.1% of all websites out there are using WordPress.

That’s a phenomenal proportion!

Who uses WordPress?

Just because it’s free doesn’t mean WordPress is only for personal use. In fact, some of the biggest and best known websites in the world use WordPress. MashableTechCrunchThe New York Times’ blogs and CNN’s on-air personality blogs all use WordPress.

Still not convinced? Head over to the showcase on the WordPress.org website and find out which other sites are powered by WordPress – you’ll probably be very surprised.

WordPress is free?

Yes, it’s totally free. Obviously you need your own domain and website hosting to install it on, but there are no charges for the actual WordPress installation files themselves because they are what’s known as OpenSource. That basically means all the code it uses is freely available and can be modified and shared.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing WordPress or aren’t sure how to, you can actually use the popular wordpress.com hosting service to try it out for free. It’s a great starting point for hobby bloggers and individuals who just want to get to grips with the interface.

Think WordPress could be right for you and your business? Reach out to us today and discover how we can help you make your web dreams a reality.