1What is WordPress?
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.
Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging, but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.
Used by more than 60 million websites, including 30.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2018, WordPress is the most popular website management system in use.WordPress has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).
2how does WordPress work?
Since the earliest days of the Internet, websites have been created in programming languages like HTML, PHP, and CSS to format text, create page layouts, display images, and so on.
Your web browser then reads this code, interpreting those tags to render and display the content of a particular web page.
But today, you can install the WordPress software on your own web server in about 5 minutes. Once installed, you’ll log into your site using your favorite web browser, and then use a simple editor to create web pages — without having to learn how to code. There are even hosting companies like WordPress.com and others who install WordPress for you, and enable you to start building your website with just a few clicks.
3There are several reasons WordPress is a great choice for building your blog or business website.
- First of all, WordPress is Open Source. That means that there are thousands of people all around the world who are constantly working to improve WordPress. And because WordPress is an open source project it’s also completely free.
- Second, it’s incredibly flexible and extensible. There are thousands of plugins and themes that enable you to easily change the entire look of your website, or even add new features like a mailing list, photo gallery, or an online store.
- Third, it’s easy to use and learn. You don’t need to hire a web designer every time you want to make a small change to your website. Instead, you can easily update and create your own content — without having to learn how to code. In fact, if you know how to use the basic formatting tools in a program like Microsoft Word, you can edit your site.
- Next, if you run into problems, or you want to add custom features, it’s easy to find supportor hire someone to help you. In addition to the WordPress tutorials on this site, there are also thousands of WordPress developers and designers who can help you. The official WordPress Forum is a great place to get answers to your questions.
- WordPress is also SEO-friendly. Right out of the box, WordPress includes everything you need to ensure that your content is optimized for search engines. This is critical to your site’s visibility and online success. Matt Cutts of Google says, “WordPress is made to do SEO well.”
- Last, you’re in control of your own content. Other publishing platforms limit what you can and can’t do on your own website. And, you’re locked in to that service. If it should ever shut down, your content could simply disappear. With WordPress, you can import your content from other systems like Blogger or Tumblr. And you can also easily export your data to move away from WordPress, should you choose. You’re in control of your site… and your content.
WordPress users may install and switch among different themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content.
Every WordPress website requires at least one theme to be present and every theme should be designed using WordPress standards with structured PHP, valid HTML(HyperText Markup Language), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
WordPress’ plugin architecture allows users to extend the features and functionality of a website or blog.
As of March 2017, WordPress has over 55,286 plugins available,each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs.
These customizations range from search engine optimization, to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content management systems, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars.
Not all available plugins are always abreast with the upgrades and as a result they may not function properly or may not function at all.
Most plugins are available through WordPress themselves, either via downloading them and installing the files manually via FTP or through the WordPress dashboard.
However, many third parties offer plugins through their own websites, many of which are paid packages.