WordPress started in 2003 when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg created a fork of b2/cafelog. Built on PHP and MySQL, and licensed under the GPLv2, WordPress is the platform of choice for over 40% of all websites on the internet. Including ArcanaPost.

WordPress empowers you to own your content, all of it. Anyone with experience building online projects knows that hosted services change and/or disappear. Using WordPress means that your content can be migrated and/or preserved as you see fit. Since WordPress is licensed under the GPL, users are free to build what they want and use the code as they see fit; install it, use it, modify it, and distribute it. Software freedom is the beating heart of WordPress.

That GPL licensing also means that there are no licensing fees, including for commercial projects. And yet, there are many powerful commercial services, plugins, and themes for WordPress-powered projects.

With decades of experience in programming and project development, I consider WordPress the most powerful tool an online publisher can use. WordPress is built for all, from entry-level users to the most advanced developers.

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WordPress has built-in user management that can be extended to create an online community with e-commerce functions, forums, social functions, detailed profiles, interactive landing pages, or a dead simple one-person blog. WordPress tools give users the power to publish items ranging from simple text to highly complex and interactive content.

While bundled with default themes, WordPress has a massive theme directory with thousands of designs to choose from. WordPress theme development is well documented and the program itself makes it easy for theme developers to upload their own work.

With over 70 languages available, WordPress is designed with polyglots in mind. Between the translation team, plugins, and multilingual themes, WordPress has the best linguistic system of any online publishing tool without licensing fees.

WordPress has come a long way over the past 20+ years. From a few lines of code and a mission to build a better web has matured into the web platform of choice. More about WordPress.