WordPress is a web publishing platform that focuses on aesthetics, web standards, and usability, which is a long way of saying WordPress makes it easy to put content up on the web. Although WordPress has been around since 2003, it has been rather complex to set up and deploy. However, BitNami offers WordPress (and many other applications) as a VMware virtual appliance, which contains a minimal Linux operating system (either OpenSuse or Ubuntu) and the fully configured Apache-MySQL-PHP stack that WordPress requires. 

WordPress specializes in creating "static" web content, i.e. web pages with a focus on text. Thousands of themes and plug-ins are available to help users create custom sites that organize information in the way they prefer. WordPress offers a browser based dashboard that includes tools to edit and post content, manage images, and track comments. Most users will find WordPress easy to use and a simple way to manage their own content online.

BitNami WordPress

As a virtual appliance, WordPress can be deployed in a matter of minutes, and users can be creating content for the web or an intranet within an hour. WordPress is completely free and several distributions of it are available, allowing users to transition from the virtual appliance to a full fledged Linux implementation of the product. However, most smaller, straightforward sites may never need to move away from BitNami's virtual appliance version.

OUR VERDICT

WordPress is completely free and several distributions of it are available, allowing users to transition from the virtual appliance to a full fledged Linux implementation of the product. However, most smaller, straightforward sites may never need to move away from BitNami's virtual appliance version.