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What is Wordpress?
Wordpress is one of the best Content Management Systems (CMS) with heavy emphasys on blogging. It is written purely in PHP and uses a MySql database. The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck, a friend of lead developer Matt Mullenweg. WordPress releases are usually code named after known jazz musicians starting with Version 1.0. Version .70 was released on May 27th, 2003 and contained the same file structure as it's predecessor, b2\cafelog.
Quick WordPress History
WordPress started in 2003 as simple software to enhance everyday writing and with just a handfull of users. Since then it has grown to be the most popular and widely distributed blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people daily. WordPress was created by and for the community. It is an Open Source project, meaning there are many people all over the world working on it - more than with most commercial software. This also means that anyone is free to use it for anything from your dog's home page to a Fortune 500 corporate site without paying any license fee.