WordPress: The ultimate power of blogging
What is WordPress
WordPress is a free open source blog software package and dynamic content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Created by Automattic. It works exceptionally well as a content management system, a blog system, or a traditional website. It makes it easy for anyone to set up, manage and maintain a website—without having an advanced degree or programming knowledge.
The New York Times runs its blogs using WordPress. That should tell you something about how powerful and safe it is to use. But don’t let that scare you. Just as the NY Times uses WordPress, so do many “first time onliners” who have never touched any type of web design system at all. So it’s simple enough for even the most wary user.
First, since WordPress is open source, it’s free. That’s always a bonus. Since it is open source it also has a thriving community of developers constantly improving the software and creating plugins to expand the software.
WordPress lets you create pages (stand alone content) and posts (time-driven content) to build out the content of your site. And you can also easily manage your site’s look and feel with themes. These are custom designs for your site that control how everything is laid out and organized. (If you’re familiar with the term “template” just substitute the term “theme” when talking about WordPress.)
The software is highly customizable, and has literally thousands of plugin pieces of software so you can use your site for just about anything. In this series of tutorials, we will create our first WordPress theme.
Why WordPress is Amazing
WordPress makes controlling the content of a website easy. It can be done by you, or you can train another person to do it, because the Admin area is as intuitive as it is powerful. WordPress gives you the keys to build sites easily with all the modern features that clients crave. And because WordPress is free, open source, and has fostered a giant community around it, you’ll always be in good hands. WordPress has changed the face of publishing content on the web, and we are all reaping the benefits. For all these reasons and more, we can safely say that WordPress is amazing.
Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
Perhaps introducing slight confusion, there is also a WordPress.com, which is a hosted blogging service owned by the same parent company (Automattic). Sites hosted at WordPress.com are located at URLs like “yoursite.wordpress.com” and are largely used only for blogs. There, you have less control, can’t do things like use plugins, and cannot deliver your own advertising. Of course, it’s also free, easy, and uses essentially the same Admin as self-hosted WordPress, so it’s great as a free personal blog. But even so, we’ll be using the real WordPress for our websites!
This is the WordPress to which WordPress.org is dedicated, enabling you to download the latest version, participate in the forums, and browse the Codex (official WordPress documentation).
Here’s a quick overview
WordPress can manage several types of content for you, including Posts, Pages and Links.
Posts are your basic time driven content and are used for standard blog entries. You might write posts monthly, weekly, daily or more than once a day. It all depends on the purpose of your site and how you want to use it to connect with your visitors.
Pages are basically posts that are not time driven—they are added to the menu and serve as the basic meat of your site. They are basically the same as any static page on a traditional website… just a whole lot easier to create and update without having to pay someone to do it for you.
Links are just that—links. You can use links throughout your posts and pages, as well as in your sidebar. This can be handy for a list of recommended services or helpful sites.
Widgets are those handy-dandy boxes you often see along the left or right side of a website. They don’t have to go on the left or right – with the right theme you can put them anywhere !
Who can use WordPress
The short answer is anyone. WordPress is a pretty powerful system and it can easily be customized for your needs. There are themes specifically designed for all sorts of scenarios, including blogs, mini-sites, online stores, online magazines, photo galleries and more. A WordPress site can work well for just about anyone, like:
- Small businesses & large corporations
- Service-oriented companies like plumbers, real estate agents, car dealers, etc.
- Restaurants, caterers, and designers
- Consultants, freelancers & coaches
- Schools, nonprofits and churches
- Bands, artists and creative professionals
- Scrapbook enthusiasts and other hobbyists
- Professionals looking for a job
- Families creating a family history to share
Truly, WordPress can work for just about anyone.
How to Set up and Configure WordPress
In this series of tutorial, finally we are going to learn how to develop a custom WordPress theme. We’ll learn that installing WordPress is “famously” easy. Then we’ll discuss the various settings, explaining them as we go. Installing WordPress is a very easy task. So we won’t discuss here how to install WordPress. Simply follow this tutorial to installing WordPress very easily or you can see this Bangla installation guide.
Now we’re prepared to manage a custom WordPress site. Our next tutorial will start as a series on developing WordPress theme.