WordPress started as a tool to create blogs back in 2003.
Over a period it has evolved into a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that can be used to run large websites.
Today an estimated 13% of all websites on the world wide web are powered by WordPress. This size has been achieved by the work of a huge community built around WordPress that helps make it better day after day by reporting bugs and suggesting improvements.
One key feature of WordPress is its ease of use. Once you have worked your way around.
With WordPress it is really simple to add new content to your website. New content posted regularly helps you move up in search engine rankings. Premium WordPress themes have built-in functionality to help improve your rankings.
Starting with WordPress
You can start with a free account on WordPress.com and start a website like YourName.wordpress.com. WordPress works on concept of themes of pre-designed templates to help you create a well-designed blog really fast. You have a host of themes (or designs) to choose from. You can first before your zero in on a design.
Here also you can choose from various free themes. In a self-hosted you have the freedom to customize it to your liking. If you are in it professionally and for the long haul, you should go for a self-hosted blog or website.