WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.
Pros: WordPress is open-source, easy to install, and completely customizable. The members of the WordPress community are highly supportive and responsible for the extensive documentation and support forums. MacManX.com is proudly powered by WordPress.
Cons: None significant.
Note: Featured in Create a Website for Free.
Is WordPress not cross-Platform?
WordPress supports a wide variety of server environments, like any good server-based “application”, but it’s not cross-platform in the same manner as the majority of my Favored Freeware applications.
WordPress is priceless! I would, however, disagree that there is no downside. It is an amazingly feature rich blogging platform and as such, at times, can seem amazingly complex. For the newbie (myself) there is a steep learning curve. The docs or codex often appear to be geared to experienced users. Despite this it is well worth sticking with it. Nothing else comes close.
When this review was published five years ago, WordPress was very simple and very easy to use. Now that it has become a more in-depth web platform (not just a simple blogging platform), it is certainly becoming more complex, but the basic functionality still remains relatively easy to use.