WordPress has become the web’s most popular CMS. It powers hundreds of thousands of websites and is used by millions of people every day. WordPress powers nearly 50% of all websites, according to WP Engine, which says it’s the fastest growing site on the internet.

If you’re considering WordPress for your ecommerce store, there are a few things to know before you dive in. Here are the basics:

WordPress runs on a server that is installed on your hosting account and updates automatically. When you sign up for WordPress, you get a free website created instantly — just like Google or Facebook. You install WordPress to run your site locally on your own computer or laptop (which we recommend). The host will take care of installing WordPress updates automatically and running backups of your content when necessary.

A blog is one of two core elements of a website that WordPress supports out of the box. Other core elements include a contact page, an about page and a portfolio page (for more information about these pages, see our article on how to create them).

You can add limitless features to your website with WordPress plugins — thousands are available in the official WordPress plugin directory . These plugins modify the functionality or appearance of your website without requiring any changes to code when you upgrade to a