WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) for web hosting, that was initially designed as a blogging platform. Today WordPress can be deployed for a variety of different websites. WordPress is used for blogs, business sites, photography sites and more. Companies that use WordPress range from small businesses to large corporations.
There are two versions of WordPress, the hosted and the self-hosted version. In this case, we are referring to self-hosted WordPress sites. These sites reside on your host's server, and not with WordPress.org. The main advantages of WordPress are that it is open source, and if you can dream it, someone probably already coded a plugin for it. There are almost no limits, to the functionality of a WordPress site.
In addition, there are no shortages of free and paid for templates. There is something for every taste or need. Some of the higher end templates are very complex and are beautifully designed. Free designs and plugins can be downloaded directly through WordPress. There are marketplaces for paid WordPress templates and plugins.
WordPress is known to be stable and reliable. It is also secure. Additional security plugins can be downloaded and installed. WordPress shines with its user-friendly backend. Editing and adding content is a breeze. Content can be pre-written and scheduled for later releases - A great way to prepare posts, and release them while gone.
WordPress is easy to learn. There are lots of books, tutorials and videos available. Many resources are free. In addition, there are many forums where a user can find answers, to almost any technical issue that can arise.
User settings allow the administrator to set different levels of permissions for users, which is especially handy for larger companies or websites. It is easy to find help and support for WordPress sites. It is probably the most used Content Management System out there.
Setting up Web Hosting with WordPress is no issue, most if not all hosting companies support WordPress. Most Web Hosts offer a simplified installation process in their backend. WordPress offers the user the option to manage multiple sites with multiple domains. This is a great alternative to multi-site hosting.
Search Engines love WordPress sites. There are many SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugins available to improve the site's search engine results.
A great feature that is often overlooked is that design templates can be changed. This gives the site owner the chance to update the sites looks down the road, without touching the existing content.
WordPress is definitely the top choice if it comes to content management systems for website hosting.