WordPress is a PHP/MySQL content management system (CMS). It’s a completely open source platform which allows it to be modified by the WordPress community, meaning it’s constantly evolving and staying fresh.
Even though it didn’t start out as a major website platform, the immense benefits of creating websites on WordPress have motivated individuals, businesses and enterprises to create or transfer their websites to this system, and currently a staggering 27% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress.
For many years WordPress was the platform of choice for bloggers and web designers who wanted it mostly for its blogging capabilities, but it didn’t really go further than that. Until relatively recently small businesses didn’t have an option to build impressive looking and reliable websites at a reasonable cost, and instead had to hire developers to build websites page by page, using bulky code that couldn’t easily be edited by anyone other than the developer. Since its birth WordPress has evolved into the full blown Content Management System that we see today and it’s used by millions of businesses around the world, making it the most used CMS in the world.