28 Jun What Is WordPress
What Is WordPress 2019
At Poppy Design Studio we get asked ‘What is WordPress?’ a lot because we use this to create websites for our clients.
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System). A software that is used to manage web content without the need for writing the code from scratch.
WordPress is the most used open source CMS worldwide with currently 18 million installations. According to the WordPress website, WordPress powers 30% websites on the web. It may not sound like much, but it is 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 platform. Many well-known brands such as Heinz Beans, BBC America, MTV News and The Offical Star Wars Blog use WordPress to power their website.
What type of websites are built with WordPress:
- Business Websites
- Shop websites
- Membership websites
- Auction websites
- School websites
- Charity websites
- …And many more!
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, in other words the behind the scenes. 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 is Gutenberg?
Guternberg was introduiced last year and changes how people edit and design there pages with the new block builder. We have explained fully what it is in this blog post here: What Is Gutenberg
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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