WordPress is just a tool, like many others, that people can use to get things done. But as far as tools go, it’s pretty special.
A big part of what makes WordPress so great is the fact that it’s open-source software. What that means is that the code – the computer language instructions – used to build it are made freely available for any of us to see.
Open-source software tends to be built by many people. WordPress started in 2003, but if you total up all the people-hours that have gone into its development, it comes to 112 years. That’s a lot of work, from a lot of smart, devoted people.
And we get the benefits.