What it does: 

A blogging site that allows you to categorise and tag posts. Wordpress has ready-made themes and templates to style the blog and it allows you to make some posts private and password-protected. It also has built-in sidebar features for calendars, photos and video. Spam protection is another feature. RSS feed of blog is available so that others can subscribe.

When to use it: 

It is great for starting up a text-based website quickly, particularly if it is a blog. Very useful when you are working with others on developing content collaboratively.

When not to use it: 

If you are posting content that is not text-based.


It has been localised into 60 languages.

Suggested use: 

Small non-profit organisations which cannot afford complex content management systems could use Wordpress as a way to create a simple website, as it also allows the creation of static pages.

Advocacy example: 

A Chinese blogger reporting on human rights issues in China is using Wordpress at http://chinaview.wordpress.com/

Owned by: 
Your content: 

You have the right to license your content however you see fit (They use Creative Commons licenses). However, 'by submitting content to Automattic for inclusion on your website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog'.

Security concerns: 

They 'do not share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights'.

Further notes: 

To have more control over your blog, download WP from Wordpress.org, and install on your own web server (many hosts now come with WP pre-installed).