An Introduction to WordPress
What Is A CMS?
A Content Management System (CMS) is software that makes it easy for non techies to organize and manage web content for display on the Internet. This is big, because a CMS makes creating, maintaining and updating a website simple and affordable.
It is an enormous boost to the small business or organization that does not have a massive tech budget. WP simplifies various website creation processes and puts the website back into the hands of content creators, allowing the website owner to spend more time on what really matters—website content.
What Is A WordPress?
WordPress is a Free Open Source software that works exceptionally well as a Content Management System.
Additionally, it is the best blogging tool framework available today. It is easy to build a lightning fast website and Blog site using WordPress.
- First off, since WordPress is open source, it’s free.
- Since its open source it has a thriving community of developers constantly improving the software and creating plugins to expand the WP core functionality.
- WordPress lets you create pages (stand alone content) and Blog posts (time-driven content) to flesh out the content of your site.
- The site’s look and feel can be changed instantly using thousands of WordPress themes available on the Internet. WordPress themes are custom designs for your website. A ton of themes are available for free, a ton of premium themes are available for a few dollars cost each. It’s the WordPress theme that controls how everything is laid out and organized in your site visitors Browser.
- Since WordPress is written in PHP it is easily customizable. It can be used to craft just about anything
What Is A Blog?
A blog is a collection of commentary posted on the internet. There are different types of blogs such as personal, corporate, political, podcasts (i.e. audio blogging), video casts (i.e. video blogging), and more. Blog posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order with the latest posts right at the top.
What Is A Dashboard?
The Dashboard is where to manage your blog. You can change settings, select themes, write or manage content, add or remove users, add images, buy upgrades, install plugins, and a ton more through the Dashboard.
How To Start A WordPress Blog?
You need to purchase a domain name. Then get a web hosting account. Then install WordPress within your hosting account.
Benefits Of Using WordPress As A CMS
- It’s Free. Its extensions are either free or very modestly priced.
Using WordPress for your website largely means its cost of ownership comes down dramatically.
- It’s really easy to use
WordPress is easy to use. If you can send an e-mail, use Microsoft Word or set up a Facebook account, then you can use WordPress. It’s really website creation for non-techies.
- Do It Yourself
With WordPress you enter the Do-It-Yourself world. No more waiting for and paying a programmer to fix a tiny error. Thus you save time and money.
- Many Users, Many Places
WordPress is online and offers multi user access. This means you’re not the only one who can fix something in a pinch, others can help if you’ve given them permission to. You can access your WP website from anywhere as long as you have a working Internet connection.
- Climb up in Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs)
WordPress makes it easier to optimize web page content for search engines. That means your site is more likely to land on the first page of Google results, which means people are more likely to find your website.
Disadvantages Of WordPress
- WordPress themes are not very simple to modify and change around without some tech skills
- The functions system is complicated and you need to understand some PHP
- You cannot easily control where specific widgets and other elements can be placed without coding and/or tag knowledge
- There is still some limitations to running any kind of user/member based site
- WordPress is not modular in layout ability
- WordPress is limited as an e-commerce solution
Who Uses WordPress?
You’re in good company if you use WordPress to publish on the web. Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites, Fortune 500 companies and celebrities are using WordPress.
If you’re ever curious about whom uses WordPress, head on over to the WordPress site showcase and you’ll be impressed by the number of well-known sites and famous people using WordPress to power their websites.
WordPress 4 has been released
Here are the WordPress 4.0 features which make it compelling to upgrade to WordPress 4.0 right away. Did you know that WP 4.0 was code named Benny? The name was taken from Benny Goodman an amazing jazz musician.
Here’s a peek into the WordPress 4.0 features that will add real value to its adopters.
Key WordPress 4.0 Features
Some of WP 4.0 key features covered are:
- Choosing your own language on WP 4.0 installation
- The grid view for the WP 4.0 media library
- Improvements to its content editor
- Extended support for oEmbed
- Improvements to TinyMCE views
- New plugin installation experience
- New widget customizer panel
- New accessibility features
- Updated external libraries