“Open Source” is a descriptor you hear often when referencing WordPress. It means that the code is open to the public to change, edit, manipulate, and resale. People can contribute to the core code and help create a dynamic Content Management System (CMS) that is flexible and powerful. Open Source also means FREE. 🙂 Free is always in the budget! You can use WordPress as a resource to help you build a blog, an information-based website, an online store and even an online community. It has endless potential when you partner the CMS with your imagination.

Is Open Source safe?

Yes – when it’s cared for. WordPress powers 35% of the internet (as of Jan 2020). Because of this massive reach it can have a tendency to have a target on its virtual back. Hackers create bots to scrub the internet and find out of date WordPress sites to spam and even destroy. If you don’t keep your website’s core files, theme and plugins up-to-date, your WordPress website could be susceptible to harm.

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Hey y’all, my name is Kori Ashton, and you have a found this smaller video that’s a part of a larger series that I’ve done called, The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide in WordPress. I hope this helps you, and if you’re interested in learning more about WordPress, I’ll put the link to the full series, 15 videos, at the end of this video so you’ll be certain to find it, and be off and running in your WordPress journey. Let’s get to the tutorial.

So what is open source? WordPress.org is an amazing content management system that is open source. Open source means that it’s free to use. It is open to the general public. Anybody can make edits, and tweaks, and changes to it, anybody can contribute to it, anybody can build on it, tear it apart, add to it, and resell it. That’s the amazing beauty of WordPress being open source.

It’s available for anyone to use, and everyone to use, without fees attached to it. That’s why wordpress.org is totally free to download and use wherever you want.

Hey, if you guys like this video, please be sure to give it a thumbs up, like it, leave a comment, subscribe to the channel even, because every Wednesday I’m creating content just like this to help you improve your online marketing inside the world of WordPress. All things considered, search engine optimization, social media marketing, what is great design, security issues, all sorts of things are covered in over 400 videos on askkori.com, so please be sure to check that out as well. You can give me a tweet if you have your own questions. I would love to make a video just for you. All right, enjoy your WordPress journey. You can totally do this. All right, bye you guys.