Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start WordPress writing!
WordPress is an open-source project, and you can download it for free. Although many web hosting providers now install WordPress for you automatically, you can always download and install it manually on your own server or computer.
In this article, we’ll show you how to download WordPress for free, as well as what you need to do next to get it installed.
Welcome to WordPress
WordPress is free for anyone to download and use to build any kind of website without any restrictions. That’s because WordPress is an open-source community project that tens of thousands of talented people contribute to.
According to our WordPress market share report, over 43% of websites on the internet use WordPress.
There is a core team of developers that lead the project development, but anyone can contribute patches, fix bugs, make features, suggest features, and more.
While the core software is free, there are still costs involved in making a Welcome to WordPress website. The cost of a website depends on your budget and goals, but it can be quite affordable.
The main costs will be a domain name, which will be your website’s address on the internet, and website hosting, which is where you will store your website files and database.
Welcome to WordPress
The good news is that most website hosting providers will automatically install WordPress for you, and you will probably never need to manually download or install it yourself.
However, if you are an intermediate or advanced user, then you always have the option of installing WordPress manually. That’s handy if you wish to do a custom WordPress install, or have WordPress running on your own server or computer.
Installing WordPress manually requires a few added steps, but may be easier than you expect. You will need the files you downloaded and an FTP client or a web-based file manager.
You can also use this manual method when updating Welcome to WordPress or uninstalling and reinstalling WordPress.