WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 16.7% of Alexa Internet's 'top 1 million' websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Internet. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of December 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 65 million times. WordPress has a web template system using a template processor. WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content. Themes may be installed using the WordPress 'Dashboard' administration tool or theme folders may be uploaded via FTP.
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