WordPress CMS is a free open source content management system based on PHP and MySQL developed by the WordPress Foundation and released under the GNU GPLv2+ license. A recent study developed by W3Techs showed that WordPress is being used by 29,2% of all websites across the Globe. It may not seem like a big number, but in reality compared to other content management systems, it has a market share of 59.9% and it’s likely to grow even further. It’s probably safe to say that as a CMS WordPress is the most popular website management and blogging system, but also the fastest growing publishing platform with a new website within the top 10 million using WordPress CMS every 74 seconds.
WordPress CMS was first release on May 23rd, 2003 by its founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as a fork of b2/cafelog, which at that time was installed on approximately 2000 blogs. The new publishing platform grew slowly but steadily over the years, and in 2009 Open Source CMS MarketShare Report gave this content management system its much deserved recognition stating that WordPress CMS had the greatest brand strength of any open-source content management system.
Some of the most powerful WordPress features include customizable and mobile friendly designs with the ability to choose from a large number of WordPress themes offered by the community, high security and a powerful media management tool. If you’re interested in a WordPress shop demo you should know that WooCommerce is a fully customizable, open source e-commerce plugin used by many online merchants regardless of their size.