WordPress is a free content management written in PHP based, on a MySQL database, and distributed by Automattic. WordPress is mainly used as a blog engine, but its capabilities also enable it to manage any web site. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. The software is also behind the WordPress.com service.
In 2007 WordPress won the “Open Source CMS Award” (competition for the best CMS).
In 2009 WordPress won the prize for best Open Source CMS.
WordPress.com is a service of publishing content online using the WordPress software. Registration and use is free. This free online version is a limited version of the WordPress publishing solution . WordPress has limited capabilities for its online version to minimize the risk of abuse of spam that may come from malicious users. The free online version does not allow:
- add new extensions;
- edit CSS a blog (free option);
- customize the URL of a blog (free option).
The advantage of a WordPress blog online, in addition to free, is its automatic indexing in the network of WordPress blogs, an advantage for SEO of a blog.