What is WordPress
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It is reportedly the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the Web, supporting more than 60 million websites. It is super flexible and can be extended by using plugins.
It is one of the world’s most simple and popular content management systems. This means we can provide the content while the platform does all of the coding and organizing for us. If we’re looking for the right web builder to get our website started, WordPress is the way to go.
Components Used in WordPress
Some of the core components required or used to make a wordpress website are
1. The Admin Dashboard
This is the interface we use to manage almost every aspect of our site, from creating content to changing your pages’ appearance and adding new functionality.
Posts are a crucial component of WordPress and are used to create various types of content. They’re used for timely content and most commonly used for blogs, where each post represents a new update. However, posts can be used for any timely or regular content, such as news articles, image galleries, and so on.
In many ways,WordPress pages are very similar to posts. The main difference is how they’re used on your site. Pages are mainly intended to hold static, more timeless content that is unlikely to change regularly.
Plugins are one of the biggest reasons WordPress is the most popular website creation platform in the world. A WordPress plugin is a piece of software you can install on your site with just a few clicks. It enables you to add extra functionality to your site, with no technical knowledge required.
WordPress Themes are how you change the appearance of your site. You can think of them as your site’s ‘skin,’ which determines how your content is displayed on the front end.
widget is a type of content we can add to specific places on our site. These locations are known as ‘widget areas’ and are specified by our theme. The most commonly-used widget areas are the sidebar and the footer.
10 Reasons to Use WordPress
- The most popular CMS in the world
- Open Source with room of Expansion
- Highly customizable for great Flexibility
- Lower setup and maintainance costs
- Themes offer Multiple Options
- Plugins Extend Functionality
- WordPress Sites Rank High
- WordPress Sites are Mobile Responsive
- WordPress Sites Have a Built-In Blog
Benifits of Using WordPress
1. Easy of Use
WordPress is very easy to use and has an intuitive interface. Adding new pages, blog posts, images, etc. on a regular basis is a breeze and can be done quickly. Because the technology is so simple, time spent on formatting is greatly reduced.
2. Manage Your Website from Any Computer
WordPress is browser-based. You can login from any Internet connected computer and manage your site.
3. No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required
We 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 WordPress is a self-contained system and does not require HTML editing software .
4. Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
The code behind WordPress is very clean and simple, making it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. In addition, each page, post, and image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title, and be optimized for specific keywords, allowing for very precise search engine optimization. We can also use tags to further enhance our search engine optimization efforts.
5. We Have Control of Our Site
With WordPress, we have control of nearly every aspect of our site and can easily make those simple updates .
6. The Design of Our Website is 100% Customizable
WordPress acts as the engine for our website. The look and feel of the site can be 100% customized so our brand can shine through on our site and provide a unique experience to our visitors.
7. 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.
8. Extend the Functionality of Your Site with Plugins
Want to add an event calendar, video gallery, Twitter Feed, Facebook Fan Box, and more to your site? WordPress makes this possible with plugins, most of which are free or very reasonably priced.
9. Our Site Can Grow as Our Business Grows
WordPress sites are very scalable. We can have hundreds of thousands of pages or blog posts on our site and the performance of the site will not be compromised in the least.
10. Have Multiple Users
As an administrator of a WordPress site, we can set up multiple users for the website and assign access levels and capabilities to each user.