What is a WordPress website?

At its core, WordPress is a simple way to create your own website or blog; an open-source content management system.

First, let me start by saying that when people say “WordPress”, they mean the self-hosted WordPress available at WordPress.org. WordPress.com sells managed WordPress and although simple to use, suffice to say that you lose much of the flexibility of the self-hosted WordPress.

A content management system is a tool to manage your website – content for example – without needing to know to code.

WordPress is used by 60.8% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 34.0% of all websites.

WordPress supports your efforts in the creation of any type of website, thanks to a massive ecosystem of plugins and themes.

Themes – change how your website looks.

Plugins – change how your website functions. Plugins can be something small, like a contact form.

However many free themes and plugins are listed in the WordPress.org repository, most of the sites I have worked on use paid themes and plugins not listed there (but listed here). Lists of themes and plugins are common but I particularly like WPBeginner.

Why should you use WordPress?

There are a lot of guides online that you can follow to know exactly what WordPress is, what it does, how you can benefit from it and how you can start using it.

It may take a while getting used to it but once you do understand WordPress ins and outs, you can create all sorts of websites. Even if you aren’t a developer, you can easily modify your website.

So is WordPress the best way to build a website?

WordPress is the most popular and if you want to build any type of website WordPress is worth considering. Just remember that, in most situations, self-hosted WordPress.org is what you want to build a website.