Wordpress started out as a free and open source blogging tool and developed into a dynamic content management system based on PHP and MySQL which makes it ideal for building web sites. It uses a web template system and there are many themes to allow users to change the look and the function of their web site. Also available are Plugins, and Widgets which extend the features. Wordpress is fast becoming the most popular content management system.

I first started using it as a trial on my own server, due to my interest in Open Source software, and liked what I able to do with it. I then built a web site for a club of which I am a member. This is mainly a web site but does have a one page blog for the members. I am now expanding my knowledge on using Wordpress and hope to encourage others to do the same. Note that Wordpress is available in two ways, one hosted with them and the second hosted elsewhere as in my own site shown below.

I have now converted my initial web site valandben our cycling site to Wordpress.

The Clitheroe Youth Forum site is now using Wordpress at Clitheroe Youth Forum