Simple definition of WordPress is “magic tool to create website”, I symbolised it magic because it contains every thing that is make easy to create website for technical and non technical user. What makes it different ? It is a open source software or a content management system (CMS) for website building , It is open source it means anyone can free to edit it. WordPress is free to download you can download it from WordPress.org
History of WordPress:
In year 2003 Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little originated b2/cafelog for blogging platform, at that time there are only two face of it. After a long journey and with thousands of contributor WordPress know become a most popular platform of website building over the web.
Is WordPress is only for blogging? It is the largest myth on people those are new in WordPress and listen about WordPress that it is only for blogging, Today WordPress Power 35% of total website over internet that is the largest number of website created on any CMS. You can build any type of website by using WordPress, like :
- Blogging websites
- Portfolio websites
- Online Stores
- Magazine Sites
- Business websites
- Directory sites
In other words one can create anything that he can think.
Is WordPress.org and WordPress.com are same?
Answer is no, They both are powered by Automatic (a company behind it.) but they are totally different.
WordPress.org : It is the famous WordPress that you are searching for. It is open source software and free to use. At WordPress.org , you need to download WordPress and installed it at your server and create your website using your favourite design (theme).
WordPress.com: It is a hosting service offered by Automatic, Just go to WordPress.com and they manage everything for you.
Now question comes in mind is which one is best, I suggest you to go with WordPress.org, Here you will get freedom to do want ever you want.
On the other hand at WordPress.com you have to pay for everything, It is good, If you are a personal blogger. But if you want to create eCommerce or business site then you have to pay good amount for that.
Why WordPress is so famous?
Things that make it famous are follows:
(a) Free to use:
WordPress is free to use software, You can use it free for lifetime, no need of paying anything. It is a open source software license with GPLv2, you can edit it totally and also contribute in changes.
(b) WordPress is Beautiful:
Thousands of free theme (design) available at WordPress.org for download. So question comes in mind What is theme? : A theme is a pre-made template that convert website in a unique design, You have to just make a few clicks and your site is ready, manage site content and color from WordPress Customizer. There are thousands of free theme available at WordPress.org, Check some of the best from here. User can also go with Premium Designs offered by theme selling companies.
(c) WordPress is Extendable:
User can extend the functionality of theme by adding plugins, So question comes in mind What is plugin? : A software that plug in (add) external functionality in theme. There are 56,368 + free plugins available at WordPress.org, User can search best one as per it’s site need.
(d) Totally Secure:
WordPress is one of the favourite CMS for creating websites, it’s popularity raising day by day and widely targeted by hacker. So core team of WordPress doing their best to make it secures, user have to do some steps to make it secure.
Firstly always update your WordPress, themes and plugins to latest version, don’t use these plugins that are outdated ”means not update from last few years”. To make your site fully secured checkout these steps
(e) Seo Friendly:
Search engine loves WordPress because it is content based and have fully responsive design as we know that more than 90% users uses mobile devices to visit a site.
WordPress alone is not capable to boost your site SEO, so we need a SEO plugin that are available in WordPress directory , You can choose any one from them and start your SEO.
How can i make a website using WordPress
Follow the steps for creating website:
(a) Firstly choose your domain name and buy it, for example our domain name is themehunk.com
(b) Secondly buy a good hosting for your site, famous hosting like Siteground provide you preinstalled WordPress at your hosting. You can check this post for choosing your hosting provider, it will help you to choose better one
(c) Just choose a theme as per your site requirements and start building your website, You can check themes here
For details explanation check this article:
Wanna make test site
If you want to make site for testing purpose or you have planned to make site a first local and after that transfer it to make a live.
Then you can make website in WordPress localhost. You just need to create local environment by using XAMPP and install WordPress on it and create your website at local.
For detail explanation for creating website on localhost, you can go with this article: https://themehunk.com/how-to-install-wordpress-at-localhost/
Who uses WordPress
There are some rumors that WordPress is only used by small business and only for blogging sites. But these are totally wrong. WordPress is very powerful and also powered many famous sites, some examples are:
- Usain Bolt website is also powered by WordPress: http://usainbolt.com/
- Even Facebook news is also run on WordPress: https://about.fb.com/news/
- Walt Disney and many more big brands on WordPress: https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/
I hope i have covered every single topic that helps you to know about WordPress, i something i missed and you know it then comment it.
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