CHAPTER 1

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Getting Started

WordPress has grown enormously in the last few years, going from the most popular blogging software to the most popular web-based software, period. At 2012’s Signal Conference, it was estimated that WordPress powered 16% of the entire web (http://sleary.me/wp1).1 A study by the Royal Pingdom blog showed that of the top 100 sites on the web, nearly half of them ran on WordPress (http://sleary.me/wp2).2

What is this thing, and how did it get so popular?

Why WordPress?

WordPress is one of many content management systems that allow you to update your site through a simple Web interface instead of editing and uploading HTML ...

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