Chances are if you’re watching this video, you’ve already heard about WordPress. But what exactly is WordPress? Simply put, WordPress is web software you can use to create your own website or blog. Since it was first released in 2003, WordPress has become one of the most popular web-publishing platforms.
And today it powers more than 70 million websites. But what many people don’t realize is that WordPress is not just a blogging tool. It’s also a highly flexible Content Management System, or CMS, that enables you to build and manage your own full-featured website using just your web browser.
Best of all, it’s completely free. That’s because WordPress is an opensource project, which 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 a completely custom website for just about anything you can imagine.
So how does it work? Well, since the early days of the internet, websites have been created in HTML, a programming language that utilizes complex instructions called tags to format text, page layouts, images, and so on. Your web browser then reads this HTML code, interpreting those tags to render and display the content of a particular page. These days, you can install the WordPress software script on your own web server in about five minutes. And once installed, it enables you to use a simple web-based editor to create web pages without having to learn HTML.
There’s even a hosted version at wordpress.com that allows you to create a new WordPress powered website in just a few seconds. And, because it’s built on industry standard PHP and MySQL, WordPress can run on just about any modern web server. There are several reasons WordPress is a great choice for building your blog or business website. First of all, it’s open source, which also means that it’s free. And with hundreds of people all over the world working on it, WordPress is constantly evolving and improving.
Second, it’s user-friendly. Rather than having to hire a web designer, or contact a webmaster every time you wanna make a small change to your website, you can easily manage and update your own content, all 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. Third, it’s flexible and extensible. There are literally thousands of plugins and themes, both commercial and free, 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.
Next, if you run into problems, or if you wanna add some highly customized features, it’s easy to find support or hire someone to help you. In addition to the tutorials on this site, there are also thousands of WordPress developers and designers who can help you. The official WordPress forum is a great place to get answers to your questions. And there are other sites like the WordPress Stack Exchange or wpquestion.com where you can also find answers to all your WordPress questions.
Right out of the box, WordPress is standards-compliant and includes everything you need to ensure that your content is optimized for search engines, which is critical to your site’s visibility and online success. In short, WordPress is made to do SEO well. And last, you’ll be in control of your own content.
Some other publishing platforms limit what you can and can’t do on your own website, and you’re locked into 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.
So, if you’re looking for an easy tool that will help you to build your own blog or website without having to learn complicated HTML, no other system makes it this easy. And you’ll find that WordPress is incredibly flexible with thousands of themes, plugins, and support options to ensure that your site will continue to grow with you in the future. We trust this video has been helpful and we look forward to seeing what you’re able to build with WordPress.
Blog: A blog (a truncation of the expression “weblog”) is a website that consists of diary-style text entries or news articles (“posts”). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
CMS: Content Management System. A content management system manages the creation and modification of digital content (e.g., websites, intranets, and online applications). It typically supports multiple users in a collaborative environment. WordPress is the most popular CMS.
HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language. A coding language used to create web pages.
MySQL: MySQL is a popular open source database management system. WordPress requires MySQL to store and retrieve all of its data including posts, pages, images, and user profiles.
Open Source: A platform of software development in which anyone can contribute to the modification and improvement of the product. The source code is published publicly and anyone is free to use, change, or distribute it. WordPress is an open source product.
PHP: PHP is a server side scripting language that is used to develop static websites or dynamic websites or web applications. PHP stands for Hypertext Pre-processor, that earlier stood for Personal Home Pages. PHP scripts can only be interpreted on a server that has PHP installed.
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Plugin: A set of code that “plugs in” to a WordPress site that adds some functionality or capability. Available only in the self-hosted version of WordPress, not on WordPress.com sites.
RSS: Really Simple Syndication. It is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
SEO: Search Engine Optimization. SEO is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic (non-paid) search engine results.
Theme: A set of graphics, colors, layouts, and fonts that can be applied to a WordPress site to change the visual presentation of the same underlying content. Each theme has its own features and limitations. Some themes in WordPress are free and some require paying a fee.
W3C: World Wide Web Consortium. W3C is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web. Web standards are rules and guidelines established by the W3C – developed to promote consistency in the design code which makes up a web page.
Web Browser: A web browser, or simply “browser,” is an application used to access and view websites. Common browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari.
Website: A website is a page or collection of pages on the World Wide Web that contains specific information which was all provided by one person or entity and traces back to a common domain.
Widget: A tool or application that can be placed into the sidebar, footer, or home page to display customized content on a site. Widgets can be added, rearranged, or removed via a drag-and-drop interface in the WordPress Dashboard.