Wordpress (CMS)

DEFINITION of 'Wordpress (CMS)'

Wordpress is a free publishing software and content management system (CMS) that is popular in America. The software is open-source allowing developers to create a wide array of plug-ins, themes and widgets. Wordpress is widely considered easy to use and is the CMS of choice for almost 75 million websites.

There are two versions of the software. One version is hosted on a cloud and accessed via the Wordpress.com site. The other (wordpress.org) is available for download onto a private server or host. Technical and community support is provided by Wordpress and the Wordpress forums.

BREAKING DOWN 'Wordpress (CMS)'

Because Wordpress software is open-source, it is susceptible to security threats. Wordpress often releases new versions and patches and it is recommended that all users regularly update their sites.

For users who don’t want to trouble themselves with plug-ins and the like, Wordpress.com offers full-hosting where users can choose a more or less pre-designed site and can customize a smaller number of features.