WordPress is an Open Source software system used by millions of people around the world to create beautiful websites and blogs. It is completely customisable by the use of themes and plugins.

“WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.”

Themes can be easily downloaded from the official WordPress site or from hundreds of other places around the web. The same goes with plugins, which are used to extend the functionality of your WordPress site. As well as being a fantastic blogging and content management system, one of the huge benefits is the wealth of information out there. There’s a great community of people behind the design & development of the WordPress system itself. People from all over the world contribute their time, knowledge and skill to keeping WordPress updated and secure. There’s also a huge number of designers, developers & bloggers who share their knowledge through blog posts, tutorials, reviews, videos and the creation of thousands of themes & plugins. WordPress powers a staggering amount of websites. In fact, it powers over 25% of the whole web! Everything from personal blogs to large corporate websites. The following are just a very few examples of the millions of diverse sites powered by WordPress…

Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) - http://www.wnba.com

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) was founded in 1996, as the women’s counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Streamy Awards - http://www.streamys.org

The Streamy Awards are the first and most prestigious awards devoted to honouring excellence in web television. The Streamys celebrate the pioneers laying the groundwork for a new and dynamic entertainment medium.

Sweden’s Official Site - http://sweden.se

The website is the official source for facts about Sweden. It is publicly funded, with four organisations behind it: the Swedish Institute; the Swedish Government Offices, including the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications; Business Sweden; and VisitSweden.

Felicia Day - http://feliciaday.com

Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous television shows including, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural and Eureka. Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world. She costarred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She also created and starred in the hit web series The Guild.

The Official Star Wars Blog - http://www.starwars.com/news

Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise conceived by George Lucas. The first film in the franchise was originally released on May 25, 1977, by 20th Century Fox, and became a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. Star Wars is one of the most popular movie series of all time and the series’ official blog is powered by WordPress.

Aqua Hotels and Resorts - http://www.aquaresorts.com

Aqua Hotels & Resorts is a full-service hotel management company founded in 2001 by Hawaii hotelier Michael V. Paulin.

Ladies Learning Code - http://ladieslearningcode.com

A new Toronto-based collective of women working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning basic, beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.