Why We Love WordPress: The Four Freedoms

November 27, 2018

The WordPress core provides an excellent foundation for a site with basic features out of the box, but what’s really great about it is just how customizable this content management system can be. We mentioned this in our previous post about custom plugins. If you know what you are doing, it is easy to modify and enhance a WordPress site to make your website vision a digital reality.

Just as they do with security, WordPress offers programmers roadmaps and guidance when it comes to adding on to the core platform. They also encourage it in their ‘Bill of Rights,’ which lays out four core freedoms:

1. The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.

2. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish.

3. The freedom to redistribute.

4. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others.

That second one. Teary eyes. Actually, all four of them are worthy of the crying face emoji—in a good way, obviously. These rights are as important individually as they are together, and are a big reason why we really enjoy working with WordPress. We are empowered as developers to create, modify, use, share, repeat. We get by with a little help from our friends, and WordPress is definitely in our fave five.