What is WordPress? Everything about WordPress

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What is WordPress? – Simply a Most Popular CMS/Blogging Tool

What is WordPress? You may be curious about knowing what it is?. WordPress is a Open Source CMS software program which based on PHP and MySQL programming language. It was developed by Matt Mullenweg and friends in 2003 year.

WordPress can be installed on web server for build website with the help of plugins and themes. WordPress can be part of any internet hosting provider who sell services related to WordPress, as WordPress.com is doing. And also WordPress can be installed on local computer or installed on local computer as to be used as own web hosting.

Now WordPress used by many top companies and websites, as a blogging/website building tool and also they make money by using WordPress. Because WordPress is very easy use and free to use. WordPress is Automattic Corporation product which they don’t sell it because it was licensed under GNU GPL Copyright program. Also extensions of WordPress like theme and plugin available to used both in free and paid way.

How Automattic Make Money by giving WordPress free?

WordPress is freely given by Automattic company because they own only its name and logo nothing else. SO they can’t sell it as a product because WordPress is a open source software licensed under GNU GPL, its free to use, share and modify but can’t sell. Many developer and designer around the World contribute to develop WordPress software. Few developer of Automattic company are core contributor to this software program. Any developer can be core developer by contributing regularly to WordPress.

Free WordPress software available on WordPress.org website as a package can be installed on web server. By using this software program Automattic give service related to WordPress hosting on WordPress.com which is a paid service.

Also Automattic gives services for many solution through paid plugins like Jetpack, VaultPress, wooCommerce. WordPress.com VIP service used by many popular news publishing company like Mashable, Tech Crunch etc.

Who uses WordPress?

Many popular company uses WordPress as a tool to build website or blogging platform. WordPress Themes and Plugins made it more friendly for any type of website, even its corporate, personal, blog, news publishing, shopping or forum website.

According to a report more than 23.3% of top 10 million website and in total more than 60 million website around the world powered by WordPress for all type of website.

Also many people around world use WordPress to make money by blogging on website. Not only this companies provide services to client or customer by making premium themes and paid plugins.

WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

WordPress.com – Its a WordPress hosting service which available in both free and paid. To unlock all the features like use of custom theme, etc of WordPress on WordPress.com it can cost you thousand of dollar per month.

WordPress.org – It provides WordPress package to freely download and use it but on your own hositng. Also WordPress recommend for self hositng WordPress on own server/hosting. Only user need to buy own domain and hosting as low can get. Hosting companies like Bluehost and Justhost provide low cost hosting at $3.99/month.

Why you should use WordPress?

I would love to recommend to use it because of many features and easy learning. Another one thing is that you are also reading this through a website which build on WordPress. WordPress is free use and learning it so easy.

Also if you want to earn money online then also it can give you a best platform for blogging and service providing. Like other People/Company make money by providing Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins then also anyone can do if he/she learn about WordPress.

How do People/Company Make Money with WordPress?

Many people and company already made multi million dollar business with WordPress by provide its service and product. Many offer paid WordPress hosting with commercial themes and commercial plugins. Companies like Elegant Themes, wooThemes, iThemes, Themeforest etc made many through beautiful WordPress Theme selling.

Other companies like Gravity Forms, Easy Digital Downloads, W3 Total Cache made money through WordPress plugin services. And also hosting companies like GoDaddy, WPEngine, Dreamhost provide managed WordPress hosting to make good money.

WordPress consulting business is also huge, people’s making 5 figure dollar just by consulting about WordPress and also custom service providers made good money from WordPress.

How do I get Started using WordPress?

To get started with WordPress first you need to learn how to install WordPress. Then after you can start exploring into WordPress more and more. You Don’t need much thing to start learn WordPress, just a personal computer and follow steps to install WordPress on local computer.

For more knowledge on WordPress browse WordPress.org or other WordPress tutorial sites.

What about WordPress Copyright?

WordPress is copyrighted under the GNU General Public License which widely used for free softwares. Under this license user can use it free, share it and can modify or contribute to the software program freely. But named and logo is owned by Automattic company which can’t be used by any other person/company.

Also all the free themes and plugins available on wordpress.org repository are licensed under GNU GPL license.

Does all Premium WordPress Themes and Plugins are under GPL?

According to WordPress all themes and plugins which used for WordPress are licensed under GNU GPL, but many have different opinion. Because all programming code and images can be GPL because these are derivative functions of WordPress but CSS and JS coding can be licensed differently. Still many confusion around, and also many doing business on theme and plugin.

Does Content Published on WordPress is GPL?

All the contents published on any website which build on WordPress is completely owned by its sole owner. Its not GPL.

Does it is Completely Free to use WordPress?

In a way we can say WordPress package is completely free to use but other things which require to use it not available free always. Like we need web hosting and domain name to host WordPress on it, are not available free always and in all type of scale, size, facility.

In this article we discussed a lot about WordPress, who use, why use, WordPress License, how to make business with WordPress and how to start using it. Hope you are all cleared about WordPress and things related to it.

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