WordPress is an open-source Content Management System for websites. It is based on PHP and MySQL. We would first discuss a bit about open-source application. To begin with, an application developed by a community or public collaboration is considered an open-source application. Furthermore, the source code for the application is freely available so that users can inspect and alter the code as per their requirements.
Those, who would want to build websites but unable to do so. This could be due various reasons like not having technical knowledge. For them, WordPress is a perfect solution. WordPress, at present, holds a considerable market share when it comes to building websites.
WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003 under the GPLv2+ licence. There are two versions available to its users. Depending on requirements, users can opt for either Self Hosted or Fully Managed versions. Self Hosted version can be downloaded as a software from wordpress.org likewise you can utilize fully managed version at wordpress.com.
WordPress holds considerable market share and that is one of the reason for its resource-richness. It is far ahead when compared with its peers. There are far more number of themes designed, plugins created, and other relevant features added. Consequently, it has improved ease of access for WordPress users.
Next we will discuss the two versions available to the users.
A. Fully Managed version:
This version is available through wordpress.com. On the website, you can host your website either for free with limited functionality or for a fee. Personal, Premium and Business – these are the paid subscription plans available. You can choose any of the plan as per your requirements. When you host websites through wordpress.com, you don’t have keep a tab on future updates. This will be taken care of by the CMS itself. Apart from that, the changes that you could make to the CMS would be limited and more or less it would depend on your subscription plan.
B. Self Hosted Version:
You have to download the application software from the website wordpress.org. The advantage of using a self hosted version is that you can customize this version as much as you like. But, setting up the self hosted version may take sometime when compared with its counterpart on wordpress.com. Especially, if you are not that technologically proficient. Otherwise, it would take few minutes time for professionals.
In conclusion, both the versions are available to its users. First you have prepare a list of your requirements and then choose the version accordingly.