WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that was founded by Matt Mullenweg. He still remains the current CEO. Their free (open source) software allows you to build complex websites, easily. You don’t need to download their software to your computer. You download it to a Hosting Company, which makes the software accessible from the internet. From there, you can buy a domain name (website name) and link it to the Hosting Server and WordPress software. That means you can log into your website from any computer (with an internet connection) and design, style, change, or create your site.
WordPress websites occupy the majority of sites on the internet today (about 30%), and because of that, there are amazing support forums and help videos created by thousands of WP users and developers. WordPress allows private developers to create themes and plugins for their software. A Theme (which is HTML/PHP web code that you download to WordPress), allows you to do extra things with your website that WordPress may not be capable of. Plugins are similar too. Usually, plugins are HTML and PHP codes that do ONE specific thing to your website, whereas themes do MANY things. For instance, there are plugins that add a contact form to your website, or a more advanced music player than what WordPress offers. There are thousands of plugins and themes. Sometimes people talk about the negative sides of themes and plugins, but once you figure out what works (which we have done for you at Easy HD Websites.com), it is quite simple to understand and run flawlessly.
There is much debate whether or not to use Wix, SquareSpace, Weebly, and other website builders instead of WordPress. As of right now (2017), page builder sites like the ones listed above, are very limited and are basically a pain to deal with as you grow. You don’t own your website with them. They own it and make you pay rent to keep it. With WordPress, once you download the software to your hosting account, the code and content is YOURS and you can take it with you anywhere you want. You can change it. You can modify it. You can add whatever you want to it. If you don’t like your hosting plan or if it has become too slow, then you can simply move your whole entire site to a new company or plan. Wix is NOT another form of WordPress. Sites like Wix suck you in at a low cost and withhold their best features until you open your wallet. The cool part about WordPress is, many of the great sophisticated plugins are free! Most plugin authors are professional companies that also offer premium support if you ever need to customize anything. Instead of hiring an expensive developer, you can directly hire the people that write the code. It’s much easier and safer to build your website through many specialized companies that are highly knowledgeable in one particular area. Though, with WordPress, you can still make a SERIOUSLY sophisticated professional website for free. Companies like Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly are not even comparable to WordPress because they run on a completely different set of principles.