29 Jul What Is WordPress Updated 2018
What Is WordPress
– Updated 2018
Poppy Design Studio get asked ‘ What Is WordPress? ‘ a lot because we use this to create our client’s websites.
WordPress is a CMS. That stands for content management system.
WordPress is undoubtedly the largest and most used CMS available today. It is the most powerful blogging and website platform. According to the WordPress website, WordPress powers 30% of the websites on the Internet…Yes, that’s a lot!
In geeky terms WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP.
Who uses WordPress?
Millions of people and companies choose WordPress as their website platform. Many well-known brands, bloggers, celebrities and companies use WordPress to power their website. WordPress is 15 years old and it has continued to grow stronger and stronger every year!
Types of websites that are built with WordPress:
- Business websites – all types
- Shop websites
- Membership websites
- Auction websites
- anything else you can think will need a website, there will be a solution that can be built for WordPress.
Why use WordPress?
WordPress is 100% free ! The WordPress framework can be self hosted and then you can hire a web designer to create your website using its framework, or you can even sign up for a wordpress.com account and use its hosted service. Of course, as a business, you will want to self host your website and have your own domain name but you can always have a look at wordpress.com to begin to understand behind the scenes of WordPress. An advantage of using self hosted WordPress is you can add plugins to your website (explained below)
What is the WordPress dashboard?
The WordPress Dashboard is the administration section of your website (the behind the scenes that controls your website). If you installed your WordPress in the root of your domain you would access the dashboard via www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin. When you get to that page you log in with your user name and password and then you are logged into your dashboard. *Note: Always use a security plugin to change this default login url
It will look a little something like the image above: (remember yours will look slightly different to this, as the more plugins you have installed the more options appear in the dashboard)
What are WordPress Plugins?
WordPress plugins are little bits of software that extend the functionality of your WordPress website. They can be anything from adding a contact form to your pages, to adding social media widgets. It is always advisable to not overload your WordPress website with plugins, as they will eventually slow your website down but, having a few essential ones to improve your website is a fantastic idea. This is what helps customise your website and add the functions you need for your business website.
Paid or Free Plugins?
There are millions of free and paid plugins (extensions) for WordPress. The main difference between paid and free plugins is support and extended functionality. Many websites can be created with free plugins only to avoid extra costs when designing your website. That is one fantastic part of WordPress, everyone loves FREE! That being said, sometimes to get exactly what you need, you will have to put your hand in your pocket and spend a little if you want that extra function only the premium plugin version provides. Researching WordPress plugins can be fun as you will find so many interesting ones available that do things you never thought possible ! Always look at the reviews of plugins, and check if the plugin is regularly updated and if it is compatible with your version of WordPress. You can find WordPress plugins by searching the WordPress plugin directory from your browser or from your WordPress dashboard.
If you want to know more about WordPress , please contact us and we will be happy to give you advice or answer your questions regarding “What Is WordPress?” You can contact Poppy Design Studio by clicking this link : Ask about ‘ What Is WordPress ‘
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