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What is WordPress?
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS) and blogging platform. WordPress began on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little when they forked b2/cafelog. Christine Selleck Tremoulet gave WordPress it’s name. WordPress is open source, which means it is free to develop and modify. It is also ‘free’ to download and install on your website. One of the great things that immediately struck me in 2004 when I first started developing with WordPress was the Famous 5-Minute install. What a breath of fresh air this was at the time! The other thing I loved was that it was built on PHP using a MySQL database using HTML and CSS. These are the tools of my trade and I immediately felt at home.
The WordPress Community
A lot of other developers felt right at home too. A huge global community of WordPress developers and users freely contribute to it’s development. You too can help make WordPress better. It is getting better all the time thanks to all have contributed.
A World of WordPress
It means that there a myriad of plugins to extend the functionality of the WordPress core code and a behemoth choice of themes to choose from to make your website stand out from the crowd.
Getting to grips with WordPress
My advice to anyone getting started with WordPress is to start tinkering and fettling with a ‘default’ WordPress theme. Twenty Fifteen is as good a place to start as any. However once you get ‘serious’, I would have a look at the Genesis Theme Framework. This is what I use today. It is a succinct and very elegant framework to work with. It also offers class leading SEO out of the box and is very stable and secure. In essence, a good foundation.
The popularity of WordPress means there is a lot of advice out there for budding WordPress developers. I have published a few WordPress articles too. You make your own mind up if they are good or not so…
Visit a WordCamp
My first WordCamp was in Cardiff in 2009. I missed the inaugural event in Birmingham. But I chose a particularly good WordCamp to visit. Mike Little was present as well as a rather young Texan, called Matt Mullenweg. How cool is that? A WordCamp is a great way of meeting other WordPress developers, combined with some great presentations and workshops.