What is a CMS
WordPress is a CMS, Content Manage System: a CSM is a structure that allows you to publish and manage content on the web. For example, imagine your server as a hotel and the your site’s web space as a room: the CMS is the wardrobe, with its structure of shelves, drawers and hangers that allows you to use the space in a comfortable and tidy way.
Before the advent of CMS, each site was built from scratch, as if we were to make our wardrobe starting from the tree: as only a skilled craftsman can produce a fine piece of furniture and fittings from the raw material, building a website required specific and in-depth programming skills, and of course many, many hours of work. With the use of a CMS, the basic structure of the site has already been built and tested, so that we can immediately organize our space in security, focusing on functionality and design.
WordPress is an open-source CMS, developed and maintained by an international community of programmers. Born in 2003, today WP is the most popular CMS, with more than sixty million active sites, or almost a quarter of the web, and it has become the first choice for those who want the most out of new communication possibilities offered by the internet: in 2014 WP was adopted by 22% of new domains registered in the USA.
Among WordPress users, there are some of the most prestigious names of culture, publishing, business and entertainment, as well as various government sites: we give you a small essay in our slideshow, but if you visit WordPress Showcase, you can navigate the categories and find out how many important sites are built and managed with WordPress.