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Carimus’ guide to understanding WordPress

February 4, 2021

There are over 1.74 billion websites on the internet, and WordPress makes up 39% of those sites. Partner this staggering statistic with how long WordPress has been around, and it’s no wonder why it’s the Internet’s as well as Carimus’ favorite website builder.

WordPress was created on May 27, 2003 by developers Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It was an early open source content management system, and is still the most popular CMS in the world.

To understand WordPress, you must first know the difference between and Yes, there are two WordPress’, and yes, there is a huge difference between the two. is a commercial project run by a company called Automattic, (you read that right, with two t’s) founded by Matt Mullenweg.

It can be a bit confusing since the same man who co-founded the original WordPress founded, but that’s why Carimus is here to help. is a good option for those who are looking to blog, or are just beginning to blog. There are five plans, one of them including a free plan, however when using the free plan, will put ads on your site, you will be unable to sell ads and you cannot upload custom templates. Your site could also get deleted at any time.

The reason is mostly used by bloggers is because it automatically updates and backs up your data. So if you’re a blogger, this may be a good choice for you, but if you’re a business, we’d recommend going with

The original WordPress,, is the software itself and the version we like to use at Carimus. 

For, all you’re going to need is your domain name and hosting service to get started. From there, you have free reign over your site and. You can “control your own destiny,” so to speak. 

The only tie back to when using is you are both using the software .org provides. That’s it. Otherwise, you are free to customize your site, easily add on plugins and it’s completely yours.

Even if you start with, you can easily transfer your content to and keep the SEO performance.

Thanks to WordPress being around for 18 years, it’s gathered quite a large following. WordPress enthusiasts offer support through messaging boards to answer any questions you may have along the way. allows Carimus to create stunning websites for our clients and help them bring their vision for their company into a reality.

Ready to launch? Contact us at today, and stay tuned to our blog posts to hear more from our talented team of strategists, creatives and engineers!

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