Today WordPress is the most popular content management system (Content Management System) in the world. This CMS is the basis of over 35% of all websites, and the number is constantly increasing.
In general, this content management system is a web application that allows site owners, editors, authors to manage their websites and publish content without any programming knowledge.
WordPress uses PHP and MySQL, which are supported by almost all hosting providers. However, WordPress special hosting plans can significantly improve site speed, performance, and reliability.
One of the great properties of the platform is an intuitive and user-friendly interface. If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you don’t have to worry about WordPress. You can easily create and publish your content!
The key difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com
WordPress.org – you need this resource if you decide to run a site that you are hosting yourself. Here you can download the platform and find a lot of plugins and topics.
WordPress.com- is a hosting company that uses a WordPress content management system for all blogs posted on them. Users who have registered for this service get their own blog with a domain like moiblog.wordpress.com (their own domains are also supported but on a paid basis.
Although WordPress is best known as a platform for bloggers and small businesses, it is also used by many large websites.
What types of websites can be created using WordPress?
WordPress started as a blogging tool and remains the most popular platform for this purpose.
Freelancers, artists, photographers, musicians, writers, and other artists often use this CMS to create an online portfolio. There are a number of themes for the portfolio on WordPress.org.
If you have a small business, WordPress will also be a good solution to create a site. This content management system is very popular with small and medium-sized companies and is increasingly used by large corporations.
If you want to create an online store yourself, but you don’t understand anything about web development, then you need this CMS. WooCommerce – the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress allows you to add key e-commerce features.
Low cost. You pay only for domain and web hosting. WordPress software and many of the plugins and topics are free.
Simple installation and upgrade process. Unlike many other content management systems, WP requires minimal customization, and you can update it with a single click.
Customized design. With thousands of ready topics, you can easily choose a design that fits your work. For example, there are special templates for medicine, small businesses, gastronomic blogs, and so on.
Open-source. You will never have to pay for WordPress software, unlike other CMS.
No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required. WordPress is a self-contained system and does not require HTML editing software (such as Adobe Contribute or Dreamweaver). You can create a new page or blog post, format text, upload images (and edit them), upload documents, video files, image galleries, etc. all without the need for additional HTML or FTP software.
A Blog is Built-in and Ready to Go. Since WordPress was originally created as a blogging platform, blogging capabilities are built-in and are easy to integrate, if desired. Setting up RSS / email subscriptions to your blog, commenting capabilities, and automatically adding the most recent blog posts to other pages of the site (your home page, for example) are also very simple to set-up, and help to extend your company’s reach and make your site more dynamic and interactive.
Have Multiple Users. As an administrator of a WordPress site, you can set-up multiple users for the website and assign access levels and capabilities to each user.
Since 2004, the platform has undergone an incredible transformation. Today the platform is developed, managed, and supported by an open-source community with thousands of participants from all over the world. They work remotely, many of them volunteers, and can only meet face-to-face at WordCamp.
WordPress is still developing. New versions are released every 2 or 3 months. With each version, new features appear and platform security improves.
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