What is WordPress?
Posted on 14. Jul, 2009 by Julius.
Every blogger is talking about WordPress. Every blogger would recommend it to you. But what is it? What does it do? Should you use it? I hope you find answers to these questions in this article.
WordPress in General
WordPress is a system that helps you manage the content you present on your web site. Because of that it is also referred to as a Content Management System or CMS.
A Content Management System lets you create, manage, edit and publish content in a organized manner. It does this in a straight forward way. Especially in WordPress you can control every aspect of the web site through a nice control panel.
Another aspect that makes it so great, is that it’s free. You don’t have to pay anything.
Who Should Use WordPress?
If you are sick of having to manage all your HTML files yourself or you do not know a lot about the technical side of a web site, then WordPress will be very useful to you.
It is great for people who do not like doing technical stuff. On the other hand it is also good for web developers. They can create plugins to extend WordPress’ default functionality to suit their needs.
Ultimately WordPress is useful for everyone.
WordPress itself does have some technical requirements. If you want to know whether WordPress could be installed on your web server than just ask your web host about the following aspects:
- PHP 4.3 or greater
- MYSQL 4.0 or greater
- The mod_rewrite Apache module
Most web hosting companies meet these requirements but it cannot hurt to ask before signing up for a hosting service.
Blogging with WordPress
WordPress is mostly used for blogs these days. The reason being that it was originally developed for this task.
Therefore blogging with WordPress is extremely easy once you get the hang of it. There is not a whole lot you can do wrong. If you don’t want to end up destroying your blog while trying a few things out then I would recommend installing WordPress offline.
Other WordPress Uses
BuddyPress is an extension of WordPress. All it does is to add specific plugins to your WordPress blog. These plugins serve to make your web site more social through adding functions such as private messaging.
WordPress is also used as an e-Commerce site. Again there are several plugins that help you in creating a e-Commerce web site.
WordPress for its part is also very flexible. This flexibility comes in the form of plugins.
Everyone is allowed to create plugins. If you have a great plugin idea then go ahead and create it. In order to do that though your plugin needs to fulfill certain requirements. Therefore if you are seriously interested in developing plugins you should visit WordPress’ knowledge base.
All new WordPress plugins will be listed in the Plugin Directory.
How to Style Your Blog Differently
WordPress themes are a way to style your blog differently. These themes are basic PHP files containing some special WordPress modifiers. Therefore WordPress themes look almost the same as normal PHP web pages.
Themes are made up of multiple pages, some of which are necessary. Every theme should at least include these files:
Today there are so many themes available for WordPress it is hard to know where to start with. I personally recommend two web sites:
- Woothemes – This web sites offers mostly WordPress themes you have to purchase, but they also have some free themes available.
- DailyBlogTips – This is a blog which offers many free WordPress themes.
Depending on your needs I recommend to go to either one of the web sites. However if you are not so much into the technical side of a blog then I recommend purchasing themes from Woothemes. Their advantage is that everything is already built-in and you can change stuff without the need of editing source code.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
Yes, there is a small but significant difference between these two web sites. WordPress.org offers the free content management system I’ve been talking about. On the other hand WordPress.com is a web site that offers free blogs that use WordPress.org as the blog management system.
In a simple sentence: WordPress.org is the software WordPress.com uses to provide free blogs for visitors.
Has this article helped you in understanding WordPress better? Was it of any use?