What is WordPress?

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the most popular web publishing platform. WordPress is much more that a blogging tool.It is a content management system that can be used to create and manage your own website or blog. Today, WordPress powers more than 70 million websites!

Do you know what the best thing about WordPress is? Its free! WordPress is an ‘Open Source’ project. That means that hundreds of volunteers from all around the world are constantly creating and improving the code for the WordPress software. And, there are thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes that enable you to build just about any type of website you can imagine.

WordPress Dashboard - What is WordPress
WordPress Dashboard

How does WordPress work?

Since the early days of the internet, websites were created using some form of programming language, most likely, HTML and CSS. So you had to have some form of coding knowledge in order to create and maintain your website. It also took quite a bit of time to do this.

Today, you can install WordPress on your server in just 5 minutes. Once installed, you will have access to a WordPress admin area that allows you to create web pages without having to learn any form of code. Pages are created using a simple, web-based page editor. There are also many WordPress plugins that you can use to have a drag and drop interface to create your pages as well.

WordPress Page Editor - What is WordPress
WordPress Page Editor

A few benefits for using WordPress by Shawn Hesketh:

  1. First of all, WordPress is Open Source. That means that there are hundreds of people all around the world working on improving WordPress. And because WordPress is an open source project it’s also completely FREE.
  2. Second, it’s user-friendly. Rather than having to hire a web designer or contact a “webmaster” every time you want to make a small change to your website, you can easily manage and update your own content — without having to learn HTML. In fact, if you know how to use the basic formatting tools in a program like Microsoft Word, you can edit your site.
  3. Third, it’s 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 polls or contact forms, with just a few clicks.
  4. Fourth, WordPress is 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.”
  5. Fifth, 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 data 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.

 

Want learn more about WordPress? Check out our WordPress classes. Don’t want to do it yourself? We will design a custom WordPress website for you.

 

Sources: WordPress.org | Shawn Hesketh: wp101.com/tutorial/what-is-wordpress