WordPress is easily the most widely used blogging platform on the Web. Even more impressively, it
managed to reach this point in only six years—though, to be fair, that’s a lifetime in the Web world!
Thanks to a thriving and vibrant community, WordPress has blossomed from a fork of an old blogging
platform, called b2, into an easy-to-use, frequently updated, and highly extensible framework.
While years ago it wasn’t uncommon to spend hundreds of dollars on a powerful content management
system, WordPress is 100% free for everyone. What’s more, it’s open source, licensed under the General
Public License (GPL).
You’ll be happy to hear that, assuming you have a modest understanding of PHP, building your first
WordPress theme is really quite easy—joyfully easy, in fact! With such ease, one might assume
incorrectly that the level of flexibility or power provided by WordPress is lacking. Luckily, this is far
from true. Though it might have initially been created specifically for blogging applications, WordPress’s
power has since been harnessed by talented designers and developers, building everything from forums to
ecommerce applications. WordPress is only limited by our imaginations and skill sets, thanks to a
powerful and flexible plugin infrastructure.

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