WordPress is an open source blog publishing application. WordPress is the official successor of b2\cafelog, developed by Michel Valdrighi. The name WordPress was suggested by Christine Selleck, a friend of lead developer Matt Mullenweg.

The latest release of WordPress is version 2.6.3, released on 23 October 2008.

Features

  • Templating system
  • Integrated link management
  • Search engine-friendly permalink structure
  • Support for plugins
  • Support for widgets
  • Nested categories and multiple categories for articles
  • Trackback and Pingback
  • Typographic filters for proper formatting and styling of text
  • Static pages
  • Multiple authors
  • Can store a list of users who visit your blog
  • Can block site visitors by IP address
  • Tag support

WordPress Themes

On 10 July 2007, following a discussion on the WordPress ideas forum and a post by Mark Ghosh in his blog Weblog Tools Collection, Matt Mullenweg announced that the official WordPress theme directory at http://themes.wordpress.net would no longer host themes containing sponsored links. Although this move was criticized by designers and users of sponsored themes, it was applauded by some WordPress users who consider such themes to be spam. The official WordPress theme directory ceased to accept any new themes, including those without sponsored links, shortly after the announcement was made.  Ironically, the closure of the official site and its consequent lack of up-to-date themes drove many people into downloading themes from unofficial sites which inserted their own spam links into all themes downloaded from them.

On July 18, 2008, a new theme directory opened at http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/. It was styled along the same lines as the plug-ins directory. Any theme that is uploaded to it will be vetted, first by an automated program and then by a human.

Get wordpress themes at the link provided.

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