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WordPress is an open source Software or CMS, often used as a blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL.

It was first released on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg and Now Wversion 3.0 had been downloaded over 32.5 million times and WordPress 3.2 has been downloaded 8,686,047 times.

Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form: the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, improve and at that times also to distribute the software.

o Free Redistribution

o Source Code

o Derived Works

o Integrity of the Author’s Source Code

o No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

o Distribution of License

o License Must Not Be Specific to a Product

o License Must Not Restrict Other Software

o License Must Be Technology-Neutral

Content management system (CMS) is a system providing a collection of procedures used to manage work flow in a collaborative environment. These procedures can be manual or computer-based. The procedures are designed to do the following:

o Allow for a large number of people to contribute to and share stored data

o Control access to data, based on user roles (defining which information users or user groups can view, edit, publish, etc.)

o Aid in easy storage and retrieval of data

o Reduce repetitive duplicate input

o Improve the ease of report writing

o Improve communication between users


o PHP 5.2.4 or greater

o MySQL 5.0 or greater

o Web server – Apache or IIS server (Apache Recommended)

o Operation System – Linux/Unix (Linux Recommended)


o web template system using a template processor. Users can re-arrange widgets without editing PHP or HTML code they can also install and switch between themes.

o link management

o search engine-friendly

o clean permalink structure

o Nested, multiple categories to articles

o Support for tagging of posts and articles.

o Trackback and Pingback standards

o Plug-in architecture which allows users and developers to extend its functionality beyond the features that come as part of the base install


o In 2007 WordPress won a Packt Open Source CMS Award.

o In 2009 WordPress won the best Open Source CMS Award.

o In 2010 WordPress won the Hall of Fame CMS category in the 2010 Open Source Awards.

o In 2011 WordPress won the Open Source Web App of the Year Award at The Critters.

Posted 30th September 2011 by Satyanarayan Verma