Want to create a blog and write articles of your interest as a hobby or passion or for earning online? or Want to create a fully functional website or mobile application? here’s a great platform to board upon. WordPress is a versatile Content Management System(CMS) or you can call it Content Management Framework. It is free and open source CMS. It is a great website management tool written in PHP and based on MySQL.
WHAT’S ON THE PLATE OF WORDPRESS ?
Before moving further to eat from the plate of WordPress, I want to clear the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
People often ask me what is WordPress ? Is it a software or website WordPress.com ? and then what is WordPress.org ? Until now you have known that WordPress is a software for creating and building websites and blogs. Now you have to host this somewhere.So what WordPress.com does is that, it lets you sign up and create a website in WordPress. It will host and manage all hosting requirements without asking for a penny. And with WordPress.org you have to download WordPress software, build website and install on your own web server or wherever you want.
Now you will say WordPress.com is free so Why not use it rather than using WordPress.org ? Here I want to tell something which can change your opinion depending upon why you want to use WordPress. Using WordPress.com you lose the flexibility of building your piece of web art like think about your Domain Name. Your Domain Name will contain “WordPress.com” by default. You can’t edit the PHP code behind it. You also lose the flexibility to upload any custom themes or plugins. Also if you want to remove “WordPress.com” from your domain you have to pay for it and also they do offer different premium upgrade you have to pay for it.
MOVING FURTHER TO THE PLATE
In past WordPress used to be known as just a blogging platform. Now the whole scenario has changed, like you can create fully functional website and mobile applications using WordPress. You can develop different types of websites using WordPress like
- Blogging Website or Personal Blog
- eCommerce Website
- Business Website or Blog
- Business Directories
- Professional Blog
- Question & Answers Website
- Portfolio Websites
- Photography Website
- School or College Website
Using WordPress you can create any kind of website. When you start creating website with WordPress the first and the most important thing is to choose which template or theme you are going to use on your WordPress site. WordPress offers free templates and themes which can be used on different websites you create using WordPress. Most of the web designers who uses WordPress are non programmers so it becomes very easy for them to use WordPress themes to create awesome blogs and websites. You can give any look to your website you want. For example if you want to create magazine blog, there’s a magazine theme available and hundreds of other category themes are available for free.
Here are some Pics of WordPress Themes which can be used in WordPress.
For typical magazine like website here’s a “Rowling” theme.
Photography Theme Sample
Blog Theme Sample
Using themes you can directly add your content without writing any code that’s the simplicity of using WordPress themes.
Widgets are small content boxes you can add into your blog anywhere you want depending upon the theme you use. Like in sidebar you can add categories from your website or search box or simple calender. Widgets can be added in Header area, Footer area, after menu, below menu. It is a coolest feature you can use in WordPress. You just have to play with the content boxes by dragging and dropping into the area you want.
Widgets contains different types of content like
- Featured Posts
- Recent Posts
- Search Box
- Tag Cloud
- Social Media Icons
Most WordPress themes will have by default widget areas which you can keep as it is or modify as per your need.
You can call Plugins tiny softwares which can be used in your worpress themes to add some functionality or you can call it additional functionality in your WordPress website. Plugins are like plug and play. You don’t have to write any code in your WordPress blogs when you are using Plugins. Plugins are written in PHP language. WordPress provides different plugins to perform various tasks or for adding different services and functionality into your website. Different Plugins are available for different purposes.
Plugins are available in WordPress in huge numbers. Although there is a myth regarding plugins that more the number of plugins more will be the loading time of the website. This is not true because your site performance will not depend upon how much plugins you used although therewill be minor difference. Your loading time of the site will only increase if you use bogus plugins.
Here is a list of common plugins used by WordPress users
Yoast is a plugin for Search Engine Optimization(SEO). Yoast SEO is used by those who want to do seo of their website or blog. It is one of the most common plugin used in WordPress.
Jetpack has so many functionalities that you will simply fall in love with. If you use Jetpack then you don’t have to install additional plugins because this plugin will contain a lot more features which are found in individual plugins in WordPress.
Contact Form 7
It is used by many of the WordPress user. It has CAPTCHA feature and Akismet spam filtering. The best way to remain engaged with users is by using this plugin.
This plugin notifies spam in your website. Comments left in your blog is checked by this plugin.
WooCommerce is a popular plugin used by those who want to perform shopping cart operations on their website. The plugin is totally customizable. You can customize cart, checkout forms, add custom fields and many more other stuff.
So you can now start developing and designing using WordPress. Tell others by sharing below about “WHAT’S ON THE PLATE OF WORDPRESS ?” Subscribe to get awesome content right into your mail box. Ta da!
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