Wordpress is a popular open source content management systems that is loved and used by millions of people around the world for a multitude of reasons. WordPress is built in such a way that makes it easy for anyone, even those with limited experience, to publish, edit and share content to the web which is one of the reasons for it’s huge popularity. Content can be created through either a graphical text editor or, for those more experienced, a direct HTML editor with the inclusion of media upload capability via both editors.
Another reason why WordPress is so popular is due to the complete control given to website owners that allow them to completely customise the application to really match their needs and requirements. This can be done through the creation of a custom theme which can be done to make WordPress look like anything you desire. For those not overly experienced with design and development, there are literally hundreds of thousands of pre-made themes available for you to download and install. Taking it a step further, WordPress has a plugin manager that allows you to install 3rd party scripts that are designed to modify existing functionality or add brand new features all together. As of 2014 there are more than 30,000 plugins available from the official WordPress plugin database.
Why Use WordPress
WordPress isn’t a new content management system, in fact it’s been around for more than 10 years which gives you the peace of mind knowing development will continue as it has during this time. There are many functions, features and general options that are unique to WordPress and provide webmasters with a better experience in publishing their content to the web.
Some of the features and reasons to use WordPress include:
Unlike some CMS applications, WordPress is 100% free and open source. This means that you do not have to purchase the application or pay any ongoing licence fees, it is 100% free. The open source license allows you to modify the core application in any way that you see fit while also being able to redistribute it without the need to seek prior permission.
WordPress is shipped with 2 different post editors that can be used for the publishing of your content, a WYSIWYG and HTML editor. A WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor is a graphic editor that shows you exactly how your content will look, including any media and styling, once published. This makes it easy for beginners to publish content the exact why they want it to look with minimal effort.
The WordPress administration dashboard makes it easy to manage multiple authors which makes it a perfect platform for those website, such as online magazines, that require a team of authors to regularly publish content. Specific permissions can be set for different authors which can be used to control their access to complete certain tasks.
Management of your WordPress powered website is simple though the use of the easy to use administration dashboard. Including theme customisation, plugin management, user management, general settings and much more the dashboard provides you with full control over your website.
Get Started Today
Get started and create your own website powered by WordPress today. With many options such as downloading the application package from the official WordPress website or installing it via the auto application installer in your web hosting control panel accounts, if applicable. In terms of finding a good WordPress hosting provider, WordPress can be run on just about any web hosting infrastructure as long as it has PHP and MySQL installed, so you have a range of hosting options available to you.