The term WordPress is very common to the bloggers. It’s a term that they can barely pass a day without mentioning. So what is WordPress?
This is a PHP and MYSQL based software that is an open-source CMS. When we talk of CMS we basically mean a content management system.
Information concerning Installation
Installation of WordPress is done on a web server. Here have two cases. The first one is that it is part of a network host and the second one is that it is an internet hosting service.
In early 2015, over 23.3% of the top 10 million websites made use of WordPress in their functions. That simply shows you the following that the software commands.
The founders of WordPress Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg released the software on the 27th of May 2003. Back then it was referred to as fork. Later on, the name was changed to WordPress, licensed under Free Software Foundation.
Features of WordPress
The WordPress users have the option of installing and changing between various themes. That means that you get to change the functionality and look of your WordPress website. The installation of the themes can be done without you tampering with the status of your site.
Each WordPress site will need at least one theme to be present and each theme has to be in sync with the standards that are set.
One can opt to use the “Appearance” administration tool while installing the themes. Similarly, the FTP can be used to upload theme folders.
There are two general categories for the WordPress themes. There are the free themes and the premium themes. The free themes are found listed in the WordPress theme directory while the premium themes can be bought from marketplaces as well as from various WordPress developers.
Also, a WordPress user has the option of developing their own custom made themes in case they are aware of how to do so. If you do not have knowledge on how to develop the themes, you need not worry. All you can do is download the themes via wordpress.org.
The plug-in architecture of WordPress allows users to extend the functionality and features of the site or blog. There are over 40,501 plug-in available which the user gets to customize them depending on their desires.
The customization can be done in a variety of ways, ranging from client portals to search engine optimization. There is also the display of content and systems that manage the content.
However, not all these plug-ins are functioning properly. Some may even not function at all. Plug-ins is useful in transforming the WordPress to be a powerful CMS.
There are many native applications for android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and WebOS. Automatic designs these applications but they allow for limited options. Some of the options available are comment, reply to comments, moderate the comments and also view the stats.
WordPress also has link management consisting of a good permalink structure, friendly search engine, addition of tags as well as categorizing the articles.
There are automatic filters which one can use to style and standardize the text in the articles. One can for instance convert a regular quote to be a smart quote.
Trackback and Pingback are also supported by WordPress. These allow you to standardize the display of links to other websites. You can edit WordPress blogs in HTML, one of the many plug-ins or visual editor. You can thus see you have many options for customized editing features to choose from. What you need to do is take a look at your preference and use accordingly.
Multi-blogging and multi-user
Before version 3 came out, WordPress used to allow only one blog for each installation although one may run multiple concurrent copies in different locations once the configuration is done to utilize different database tables.
WordPress Multisites was earlier on known as WordPress MU or WordPress Multi-User or simply WPMU. This was created so that multiple blogs could exist for only one installation while at the same time allowing administration by a central maintainer.
WordPress MU makes it a possibility for the website owners to host personal blogging communities.
With the release of WordPress3, WordPress MU is now merged with WordPress
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