## Meaning of WordPress
The word WordPress is used to primarily identify a popular open-source web software which is used to create a blog and/or a website like this one that you are reading.
WordPress is written with a capital P and is a trademark owned by the company Automattic (with a two Ts).
There are two ways you can use WordPress:
- as self-hosted – namely referred as the WordPress.org version
- as hosted-for-you, namely the WordPress.com version
## Technical Facts About WordPress
- WordPress is written using the PHP web-scripting language
- It normally uses the MySQL as the preferred database engine
- is properly referenced as a CMS – that is, a content management system.
- uses a plugin-architecture approach whereby allowing anyone to plug (hook) their own piece of code into WordPress to extend it’s features beyond the default ones.
- uses a templating system whereby allowing any designer or individual to create their own theme or modify any existing ones.
When modifying, it is recommended to follow the
- WordPress was initially built to be a blogging system.
But nowadays you can practically build anything with it – even the most complex websites, including ecommerce, LMS (learning & course platforms), event planning, forum, multi-sites networks..etc
- To run WordPress for your website, you need a domain name and a web hosting.
- WordPress is probably the only CMS that gives the end-user the possibility to update everything with the just a click of a button, without any hassle (unless you have dirty installation of WordPress with bloated plugins).
- It is also one of the most committed open-source project to be meticulous with backward compatibility. This basically means every new release will not break your old version of your plugins, themes..etc
Although with experience, I would say it’s like 99.98% of the time given you are using WordPress the right-way. But no other CMS comes close to this.
- Every major releases of WordPress, are given the name of famous jazz-musicians (probably because Matt is a big fan of jazz).
## General Facts About WordPress
- WordPress started in 2003 when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg created a fork of b2/cafelog.
- WordPress is released under the GPLv2 (or later) licensing from the Free Software Foundation, with a main “Bill of Rights” as shown visually in the below picture:
- Automattic, the company behind WordPress, takes the proper writing of the word “WordPres-with-a-capital-P” very seriously to the point that they introduced a piece of code in WordPress engine which will harmonise any misspelled occurrence of WordPress to the correct one.
capital_P_dangit()– Forever eliminate “Wordpress” from the planet
## The Capital P and the Two Ts
If any individual or entity claims himself/themselves to be a WordPress expert and they don’t spell the term WordPress well, it’s a negative cred-point in the WordPress world.
If any individual is applying for a job at Automattic and they get any or all of the spelling wrong, you are instantly flagged. I know because I have once personally applied to work for them in the past (hopefully I was attentive with all the spellings, after all I am a DigitalChampion, isn’t it!?)
I quote from one of their career page[*]:
Write a cover letter to let us know what you can contribute to the team. Proofread! Make sure to spell and capitalize WordPress and Automattic accurately.Automattic career page
It is important to know that The WordPress Foundation owns and oversees the trademarks[*] for the WordPress and WordCamp names and logos. So you cannot use the term WordPress as part of your domain name or business name. Do make sure you comply with their policies.
## Security of WordPress
WordPress treats security[*] with utmost importance. They have a dedicated security team. They also work closely with the high profile HackerOne team for that purpose.
## Recommended Reading
- ^ career page – see the “How to apply” section on for example the “Support engineer application” on WordPress VIP. (Original link has been archived on 27th May 2020 here to preserve context)
- ^ the WordPress trademarks – as elaborated on the Trademark Policy website
- ^ WordPress security process – see https://wordpress.org/about/security/