Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners

The Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners provides FREE in-depth step-by-step tutorials on how to use WordPress to publish content online quickly and easily.

The Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners

Are you looking for detailed step-by-step tutorials that will show you how to get the most out of using your WordPress website or blog?

The “Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners” below provides links to FREE in-depth tutorials showing you how to easily and quickly use WordPress to publish your content online.

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The Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners

After installing and configuring your WordPress site or blog, the next step is to learn how to use WordPress to create and publish your information online.

In the Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners, we show you how to log in and log out of your WordPress site, how to navigate inside your WordPress Dashboard area, how to create new Pages or Posts, add and format content (text, images, videos, etc.), and so much more … without coding skills!

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We recommend bookmarking this page for future reference or downloading the FREE PDF version at the end of this guide.

WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials. To view a list of all of our WordPress tutorials, go here:

To access all of our tutorials from your web browser with just one-click, download and install our FREE extension for chrome browsers here:

To access all of our WordPress tutorials inside your WordPress Dashboard (including hundreds of WordPress video tutorials), download and install the WPTrainMe plugin or visit the page below:

How To Log In And Out Of WordPress

If you have followed our WordPress DIY Installation Tutorials or had WordPress installed for you by someone like a website developer, you should have your login details available (login URL, username and password).

WordPress Login Screen

(WordPress Login Screen)

The tutorials below explain how to log in and log out of WordPress and what to do if you experience difficulties accessing your WordPress site’s administration area (called the ‘WordPress Dashboard’):

How To Navigate Inside Your WordPress Dashboard

The WordPress Dashboard

(The WordPress Dashboard)

After logging into your WordPress Dashboard, you will be presented with all of the WordPress features and options that allow you to be fully in control of your web presence. The tutorials below explain how to navigate and use the main features of your WordPress Dashboard:

How To Configure Useful WordPress Settings

WordPress Settings Menu

(WordPress Settings Menu)

We recommend configuring your WordPress site’s main settings before launching your web presence. There are many times, however, when you may want to change your settings, such as setting a specific page on as your home page, or creating a blog section to display your latest blog posts, etc.

Go through the tutorials below to learn how to configure your WordPress settings:

To view a list of all tutorials on how to expertly configure WordPress, go here:

How To Create Posts And Pages

WordPress Menu - Posts & Pages

(WordPress Menu – Posts & Pages)

WordPress uses Posts and Pages to create, edit, and publish content to your site. The tutorial sections below explain the differences between using WordPress Posts and Pages, show you how to use Posts and Pages to manage your content online, and cover some of the unique and powerful features of WordPress Posts and Pages:

How To Use WordPress Posts

WordPress Posts Section

(WordPress Posts Section)

Learn how to use WordPress Posts using the tutorials below:

How To Use WordPress Pages

WordPress Pages Section

(WordPress Pages Section)

Learn how to use WordPress Pages using the tutorials below:

How To Add Content To WordPress

Learn how to easily publish all types of content using WordPress!

(Learn how to easily publish all types of content using WordPress!)

WordPress lets you easily add, edit and publish all kinds of information online. Complete the tutorials below to learn how to publish information online using WordPress:

How To Add Text-Based Content To WordPress

How To Add Text To WordPress

How To Add Images To WordPress

How To Add Images To WordPress

How To Add Videos To WordPress

How To Add Videos To WordPress

How To Add Other Media Types To WordPress

How To Add Other Media To WordPress

How To Use Main WordPress Features

WordPress puts you in complete control of your web presence!

(WordPress puts you in complete control of your web presence!)

WordPress provides many powerful and unique features that allow you to expand, enhance, and customize your website’s functionality, web design, page layout, and improve your site users’ experience.

To learn more about the benefits and advantages of using WordPress and its powerful and unique features, see the tutorials below:

Go through the tutorials below to learn how to use the main features of WordPress:

WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins Section

(WordPress Plugins Section)

Complete the tutorials below to learn how to add all types of functionality to your WordPress site or blog using plugins:

To view our complete list of WordPress plugin tutorials, go here:

WordPress Themes

WordPress Themes Section

(WordPress Themes Section)

Complete the tutorials below to learn how to use WordPress themes to create a flexible web presence with completely customizable web design:

WordPress Widgets

WordPress Widgets Section

(WordPress Widgets Section)

Complete the tutorials below to learn how to use WordPress widgets to enhance your web presence with configurable layouts and functionality:

WordPress Menus

WordPress Menus Section

(WordPress Menus Section)

Complete the tutorials below to learn how to use WordPress custom menus to improve the ease of navigation on your site for visitors:

Other WordPress Features

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

(WordPress Mobile App)

Go through the tutorials below to learn how to use additional features of WordPress:

How To Enhance Your WordPress Site

How To Enhance Your WordPress Site

As you become a more confident and competent WordPress user, you will discover that with WordPress, almost anything you need to do or can imagine doing with your site is possible.

Go through the tutorials below to learn just some of the many things you can do to enhance your WordPress website or blog:

Additional WordPress Tutorials

Additional WordPress Tutorials

After mastering the basics of using WordPress, the next step is to learn how to manage and promote your site.

Complete the tutorial sections below to learn more about managing and promoting your WordPress site:

How To Manage Your WordPress Site

How To Manage Your WordPress Site

All websites require management and regular maintenance. The tutorials below cover a number of areas related to managing and maintaining your WordPress site:

To view our complete list of tutorials on managing your WordPress site, go here:

How To Promote Your WordPress Site

How To Promote Your WordPress Site

The tutorials below cover some of the many ways you can promote your WordPress site to increase your visibility online, generate traffic, improve your sales and conversions and more:

To view our complete list of tutorials on growing your business online with WordPress, go here:

Free Content Creation Course

Your business needs web content. You need content for your website, blog, social media pages, newsletters, etc. Great content drives traffic to your sites, educates visitors about your products and services, converts prospects into new sales and subscribers, trains clients, and so much more!

At WPCompendium.org, we not only show you step-by-step how to build, manage, and grow your own digital presence with hundreds of detailed WordPress step-by-step tutorials, we have also created a detailed and in-depth content creation course that you can use to create great content for your website or blog … 100% FREE!

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Areas Covered In The “Infinite Web Content Creation” Course

  • Why Create Content?
  • Content Writing Tips
  • Copywriting Principles
  • Guidelines For Writing Effective Blog Posts
  • Content Writing Action Plan: The 5-Step Formula
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  • What To Write About – How To Never Run Out Of New Content Ideas
  • Developing An Effective Content Plan And Content Marketing Strategy
  • Outsourcing Your Content Writing … The Right Way!
  • & Other Time-Saving Content Strategies

You will learn easy methods for generating endless new content ideas to keep your readers interested, engaged, and coming back to your site. In addition to providing lots of great content ideas, this course also shows you how to write high-quality content, how to develop an effective content plan and content marketing strategy, and how to outsource content writing for great results.

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Download a printable copy of The Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners below and use it for your own reference:

Hopefully, the above tutorials will help you master using WordPress and build a successful web presence for your business or personal use.

To view the complete list of WordPress tutorials on WPCompendium.org, go here:

For additional/advanced user resources not covered in our tutorials, go here:

The Ultimate WordPress User Guide For Beginners

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Build A Website In One Day With WordPress – No Coding Required

Learn how to build a professional website for your business, church, school, community group, or organization in one day with WordPress … no coding required!


Build A Professional Website From Scratch With WordPress - No Coding Skills Required!Are you trying to get your business or business idea online or build a website or blog for your church, school, community group, or organization but …

  • Don’t know where to start?
  • Have a very small budget to spend on web development and web marketing?
  • Have no web coding skills?

WPCompendium.org can help you! We’ll show you how to create a website from scratch with no coding skills required … for FREE!

Learn How To Create A Website With No Coding Skills Required!

WPCompendium.org provides 100% FREE step-by-step tutorials that take you through the entire process of building, growing, and managing your web presence using WordPress.

WordPress - The world's most popular free website-building software

(WordPress – The world’s most popular free website-building software)

Quick Start – Installing WordPress Step-By-Step

Click on the button below to visit the training module that contains all of the tutorials you need to start building your website …

I Want To Learn How To Install WordPress

Or view tutorials from the WordPress Installation module below:

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is a powerful free open-source content management system and website-building application used by over a quarter of all websites worldwide.

Click on the button below to visit the training module containing tutorials that will help you understand what WordPress is and how it can help you …

I Want To Learn More About WordPress

Learn WordPress With Free Tutorials

We provide comprehensive WordPress tutorials for non-techies, including an entire WordPress Overview module that explains what WordPress is and the benefits of using WordPress to build your business online.

Some of the topics covered in our Introduction To WordPress tutorials include:

… and more!

All of the above tutorials in the WordPress overview module can be found here:

Introduction To WordPress

I Already Have A Website But I Want Better Results – Can WordPress Help Me?

If you already have a website, consider the following possibilities:

Your website could be powered by WordPress but you may not know it!

Over 25% of all websites use WordPress. Your website could be built using WordPress, but for some reason, your web developer hasn’t informed you of this.

After all … a website’s a website, right?

Wrong! WordPress is so much more than just a website or blogging software. It’s also a powerful content management system, a cost-effective traffic generation and business marketing tool, and a flexible, scalable, and modular platform that lets you quickly build (and automate) almost any kind of business model or idea you can conceive.

If you’re wondering whether your existing website runs on WordPress or not, check out this tutorial:

If your website is powered by WordPress, use our step-by-step tutorials to learn how to grow and manage your online presence. We cover everything from how to use WordPress, to how to automate web traffic, how to protect, maintain and keep your website secure, how to easily update your WordPress software, add-ons (called plugins) and web design templates (called themes), and so much more!

You can keep your existing website and use a WordPress blog to explode your online marketing results!

WordPress is free, easy to use and puts you in complete control of your digital presence (that’s why we love WordPress!). You can keep your existing website and add a powerful blog (or membership site, e-commerce store, etc.) to your domain (or another domain) that you can then use to drive more visitors and prospects to your business.

Our tutorials show you exactly how to install WordPress on your domain (and where to install WordPress if you already have an existing website), how to expertly configure all of your settings, and how to use WordPress, with no coding skills required … for FREE!

Can I Really Build A Website With No Coding Skills … In Just One Day?

Yes, you can!

Our detailed step-by-step tutorials will show you how. Everything you see here on WPCompendium.org was built using WordPress by someone with absolutely no coding skills (you can read more about us here) and we can show you how to do the same for your business idea or organization.

I Want To Learn More About WordPress

I Want To Learn How To Install WordPress

Building A WordPress Site From Scratch - Timeline

Fact: Once you know what to do, installing a WordPress website or blog on your domain only takes a few minutes.

In fact, we’ve recorded a quick video below where we show you how to install WordPress on a brand new domain name in less than 60 seconds …

If you follow our WordPress Installation step-by-step tutorials from start to finish, the first time you install WordPress will probably take you a day. The next time you install WordPress, it will probably take you a few hours. Once you have mastered the process, performing a new WordPress installation will take you no more than a minute or two. You’ll be able to install WordPress on your domain with just a few mouse clicks!

Launching a new website with WordPress - Timeline

(Building a website with WordPress – Timeline)

As the above diagram shows, installing WordPress on a domain name only takes a few minutes. Configuring WordPress settings after the installation takes a little longer (1-2 days or more). Preparing the initial content prior to launching your site is what normally takes the longest time in this entire process.

The Bottom Line: Build In One Day, Launch In One Week!

You can build a new website WordPress in one day – in fact, you can build it in minutes! A newly-installed WordPress site will even work right out of the box (WPCompendium.org uses a default WordPress installation theme!)

If you want to get better results with your website, however, you will want to spend a few days planning your website before installing, then configuring your settings after installation, and adding your initial content before launching. Regardless of whether you plan to create the initial content yourself, outsource it or a combination of both (e.g. you write the content and hire a graphic designer to create your logos, headers, banners, etc.), you should allow at least 1-2 weeks, then, before your new website is ready to launch.

Click the button below if you need help planning your new website or blog …

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Building A Website With WordPress -  Costs

If you install WordPress yourself and follow our detailed step-by-step tutorials and our Digital Business Blueprint, here’s what you can expect in terms of initial costs in addition to your time:

  • WordPress Installation & Configuration Tutorials: FREE!
  • WordPress Software: FREE! (Learn more)
  • Domain Name: $10-$12 p/year.
  • Web Hosting: price varies, but can start from as little as $50 or less per year.

As you can see, you can create a website for your business, church, school, organization, etc. for around $60 per year, plus your time.

The Bottom Line: Start Inexpensively, Spend Only When Necessary!

We show you how to launch your website very inexpensively and how to grow and manage everything yourself with many free and low-cost options and solutions.

After your initial costs, we do recommend budgeting a few hundred dollars for expanding the functionality of your website with some useful premium plugins and improving your web design with a premium theme.

With WordPress, anything and everything can be easily changed at any time, so there’s no need to start off investing large amounts of money. We recommend starting simply and inexpensively and doing as much as you can yourself until you have a clear and better understanding of your needs.

Building A Website With WordPress -  Why Learn To Do It Yourself?

Building A WordPress Site From Scratch - Why Learn To Do It Yourself?You are probably wondering … why build your own website? Why not just hire a professional web developer to build a website for you?

Great question! Consider these facts, however:

Fact: It takes less time to do it yourself!

As we’ve explained earlier, you can install WordPress in minutes, configure WordPress settings in a day or two, and launch a professional website in just a few days.

After launching your website, you can easily get most things done yourself or in-house very quickly with easy-to-install and easy-to-use WordPress plugins, WordPress themes, and WordPress widgets. Our step-by-step tutorials will show you how to easily get things done without requiring technical skills or getting experts involved.

Fact: Most people don’t save time or money outsourcing!

In many respects, the idea that outsourcing saves time and money is a myth. You will only save time outsourcing services like website management, website maintenance, and online marketing if you have a clear understanding of the work that needs to be done and the processes involved. If you don’t, you have no way to discern the quality of the advice given to you or measure the effectiveness of services until things have run their course, your money has been spent, and you are left with either a positive or negative outcome (e.g. ROI).

It’s like people who use brokers to trade in shares. There are two types of people who do share trading … those who know what they are doing and those who don’t. Those who know what they are doing save time and money outsourcing because they understand how to qualify and instruct brokers to execute the client’s business strategy. Those who don’t know what they are doing often end up buying products and solutions from salespeople with self-serving interests and wasting valuable time and money in the process.

The way to really save time, then, is to educate yourself about WordPress and the web planning process before getting web developers or technical experts involved. This way, you will know what areas of your digital strategy are faster and easier (and cheaper) to get done in-house, and what can be outsourced to truly save you time. Once you are informed, you can then communicate your business strategy clearly to service providers and provide specific instructions to technical experts. This will help you get better results.

I Want To Learn More About WordPress

I Need Help Planning My New Website

Fact: Learning WordPress will save you thousands of dollars in web development costs!

Spend a few minutes online and research the cost of getting the following kinds of websites built for you:

  • A professional website or blog for marketing your business or organization online that has been fully configured to instantly notify search engines and automatically syndicate your content to social media sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and online directories as soon as a new article has been published on your site,
  • An e-commerce store with integrated online payment processing facilities,
  • A membership site that automatically processes payments online, registers new members, assigns them to the correct membership level and lets you schedule and automate content delivery,
  • An event management website with automated online payment, event registration, and calendar booking/scheduling facilities,
  • A customer support helpdesk website that automatically presents users with relevant knowledgebase answers before they contact you and assigns support tickets to different departments in your organization.
  • Lead capture web pages with video presentations and social sharing features that automatically add your prospects’ details to a sales funnel, newsletter, email marketing list, etc.

Consider what the cost would be, if you decide to expand your digital presence to include some or all of the above sites.

Getting the above sites built by professional web developers will cost you tens of thousands of dollars or more!

As we’ve just explained, you can build a professional website with WordPress from as little as around US$60 per year.

Now here’s the best part …

Once you know how to install and configure a WordPress site (which our step-by-step tutorials show you how to do), you can easily create any of the above types of websites (e-commerce store, membership site, customer support helpdesk, landing pages, etc) with inexpensive WordPress plugins and themes that can be installed easily and configured quickly, saving you thousands of dollars in the process … all without requiring coding skills!

Here is one more fact …

Fact: WordPress is addictive! 

Once you learn how to build and use websites with WordPress, you will have no shortage of ideas for new sites and new businesses online. With WordPress, the possibilities are truly endless!

So …

If you can build any type of website you can imagine from scratch at minimal cost, launch it in a few days, and get most things done without waiting around for technical people to get back to you, then the real question is …

Why would you not learn WordPress and build your own website?

Yes ... you can build a great website with our free WordPress tutorials!

(Yes … you can build a great website with our free WordPress tutorials!)

How To Create A Professional Website For Your Business With WordPress And WPCompendium.org!

Our free WordPress tutorials for beginners take you through the entire process of starting, growing and managing your online presence with no coding skills, including:

… and beyond!

Build Any Type Of Website You Want … For Any Purpose!

With WPCompendium.org, you have 24/7 access to 100% free tutorials that will show you step-by-step how to plan, build, grow, and manage any kind of website you can imagine with WordPress, including:

  • A professional website or blog for your business, church, school, community group, or organization,
  • An e-commerce store, membership site, event registration website, education or training website, business services website, direct-selling website, customer support helpdesk, online directories, etc.
  • Lead capture pages, video sites, product review sites, etc.
  • Personal blogs, community, networking, or group announcement sites.
  • Niche websites or blogs that you can sell or flip online,
  • And more!
One More Thing To Keep In Mind …

If you look at our WordPress Digital Business Blueprint, you will see that we recommend starting as simply and inexpensively as possible. Because WordPress is so flexible and scalable and there’s so much free WordPress support available, you can take your online presence very far with minimal cost and only consider bringing in technical experts or investing in custom web development or web design once you have a clear understanding of your needs, and only if and when outsourcing work becomes necessary.

With WordPress, outsourcing is an option, not a requirement!

Learn the basics of using WordPress and you will become an informed and empowered user, save time and money, and be in complete control of your digital presence. WPCompendium.org’s free WordPress step-by-step tutorials will help you achieve all of this.

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Why Is WordPress Free? Uncovering Hidden Catches

This article examines some of the key licensing issues governing the free use of WordPress and whether or not there are any hidden catches with using WordPress.

Why Is WordPress Free? Uncovering Hidden Catches

Why Is WordPress Free?

In this article, we look at some of the key licensing issues governing the Free use of WordPress and examine whether or not there really are any “hidden” catches.

WordPress – Is There A Hidden Catch?

As we’ve mentioned in other articles, WordPress is 100% free to download and use. WordPress is a free and open source software, licensed under the GNU General Public License agreement …

GNU General Public License

You can install WordPress on your own domain and do whatever you like with the WordPress code. You can extend or modify WordPress however you choose and use it commercially without licensing fees or restrictions.

We also saw that WordPress is free not just in terms of price, but also in terms of the amount of control you have in using it. For example, you have the freedom to run the program, for any purpose, the freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish, the freedom to redistribute the application, and the freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

So … is there a “hidden” catch to using WordPress?

How can such a powerful software that is currently used to power millions of websites around the world—including thousands of commercial sites—be made so freely available with no hidden catches?

Let’s begin by asking the most obvious question:

Why Don’t The Creators Of WordPress Sell The Software?

As we have already explained, free open source software allows anyone to view the software’s source code and modify it. When the creators of WordPress decided to make their software available as open source software, a community of software developers began to gather around to find ways to improve it.

Because these modifications and improvements can then be freely distributed to others (who can also, in turn, modify, improve and redistribute the software code to others), WordPress itself began to evolve as its own organism.

Basically, no company or individual actually owns WordPress. WordPress is an open source community project that attracts thousands of talented programmers, who then contribute to its development, report bugs, suggest new features and vote on what the next version’s priorities are.

So … if no one actually owns the software, how does anything get done?

Well, there is a core team of WordPress developers that lead the project development, but essentially anyone can get involved in the WordPress community and begin contributing to improving the software. In fact, active participation and contribution are encouraged by the WordPress community, as this leads to the development of a more secure, robust and feature-rich application that then benefits all users. There are WordPress events like “Word Camps” and local meets all around the world, as well forums, user groups and a whole range of other opportunities made available to WordPress users to meet and exchange ideas.

Contrary to most commercial business models, the philosophy behind the Open Source software movement is that software is not like other tangible products. Once created, software can be copied over and over again with very little cost involved.

A great example that illustrates the argument put forward by the Open Source software movement which is often quoted, is that of a car parts manufacturer. Each car part has a cost to manufacture and a factory that makes car parts needs to take this and other costs, plus a reasonable profit margin into account when calculating the viability of continuing the production of its car parts. Making copies of a software program, however, does not follow the same principles as making tangible products as we’ve just described.

If an entire community participates freely in developing the software, and there is no actual cost to reproduce the software, then why should the price of acquiring a copy of the software not reflect this?

Ok … but there are still some costs, right? I mean, who is paying for the servers and domain names used by the WordPress development team, and how can they afford this if everything is free?

Great question! How can the WordPress team afford to keep things going, and who is paying for the technical costs (e.g. hardware and webhosting).

Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder and of the main developers of WordPress, owns a company called Automattic, which provides a number of blogging services, including many “freemium” services, where the basic service is free but restricted, and paid or “premium” options are available to unlock these restrictions …

Automattic

One of these services is a free blog hosting service at WordPress.com (not to be confused with WordPress.org, which is where you can download the software to use on your own domain – this is called self-hosting).

WordPress.com is a restricted blog hosting service, where people pay to upgrade and unlock features if required. So, the core developers have the means to sustain the costs, by providing related products and services to their community of users.

As you will see below, this is exactly the approach many open source software companies adopt to make money.

How People Make Money With WordPress

Just because something is open source and free, doesn’t mean that it should be treated differently than proprietary technologies or commercial products. The key strategy behind making the software freely available is “branding”. By itself, branding doesn’t generate any money, but if done correctly, it can lead to greater visibility and a rapid growth and domination of market share. This attracts new users, which can then be converted into buyers of related products and services.

The profitable aspect of making money with any open source software, therefore, is by providing products or services built for and by people who use the same open source software.

WordPress has developed a satellite of product and service providers, all based on helping WordPress users get more benefit out of using the software. There are many successful and highly profitable businesses today that provide a range of excellent products and services catered exclusively to the WordPress market.

Some of these products and services include:

  • WordPress Web Development (e.g. WordPress site installation, web design and site management services)
  • WordPress Plugin Development
  • WordPress Theme Development
  • WordPress Web Hosting
  • WordPress Training
  • WordPress Consulting
  • WordPress Support

Many companies and individuals that started out by providing products and services in the above fields have gone on to make sustainable or even multimillion-dollar incomes, and WordPress is still growing considerably.

So … not only can you make money running a successful business built using WordPress, you can also make money running a business that helps other WordPress users. This is no different than other online revolutions, such as internet marketing, online business development, video game, music and app developments.

There are just a few other important points that need to be made regarding WordPress and the implications associated with using the software to develop commercial products and services around it.

WordPress And Copyright – Is WordPress Copyright Free?

To put it quite simply, no.

WordPress is not copyright free. WordPress is licensed under GPL (General Public License), which allows you to use, modify and redistribute the code, but you don’t have copyright to the entire code. You do have copyright over any contributions or modifications you make to the software, but GPL requires that any derivative work you release or distribute should be licensed under GPL as well.

The definition of a derivative work is as follows …

In copyright law, a derivative work is an expressive creation that includes major, copyright-protected elements of an original, previously created first work (the underlying work).

(source: Wikipedia)

This means that while you may have the copyright and the freedom to do anything you like with the code, any work that is a derivative also inherits the GPL license automatically, allowing others the freedom to use, modify, and redistribute your code however they like.

If you need to understand more about GPL and the philosophy behind open source software, see the GNU’s Philosophy.

WordPress And Trademarks

Although WordPress releases its software under GPL, the WordPress Foundation owns a number of registered trademarks, including the words WordPress and the WordPress Logo …

WordPress Logos

Important

Note: If you are thinking of starting a WordPress-related product or service, don’t use the word “WordPress” in your domain as this is against their trademark policy covering the use of domain names.

There are other restrictions associated with the use of WordPress trademarks. Read more about the WordPress Trademark Policy.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of why WordPress is free, and how its development can continue to thrive and remain sustainable as an open source software.

To learn what costs are involved in using a WordPress-powered site, go here:

For more benefits of using WordPress, read the article below:

For useful WordPress statistics, see the tutorial below:

References:

Most of the material used to create this article has been sourced from the official WordPress site at WordPress.org. For more details, see WordPress Philosophy.

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