Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Introduction to WordPress



Hello guys! Want to welcome you all to a new tutorial series on WordPress. I will be taking you guys all through from the scratch and before the end of this tutorial series, i believe you should have the necessary knowledge needed to build up your own beautiful WordPress website.

What is WordPress?

WordPress in its simplest definition is an open source and content management system(CSM), which allows the users to build up dynamic websites and blogs. Best known to me, till date WordPress is the most popular blogging platform available in the web and does support updating, customizing, as well as management of the website from the back-end CMS.

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What is Content Management System?

The Content Management System ( CMS ) is a software that stores all the website's data such as texts, photos, musics, documents, etc. And is made available on your website. It also helps in editing, publishing and modifying the contents of the website.

WordPress was initially released by on 27th May 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. It was announced as an open source in October 2009.


Features

Below are some of the features of WordPress -

  • User Management - It allows managing the user information such as to change the role of the users to ( subscribers, contributors, authors, editor or even administrators ), create or delete the user, change the password or user information. The main role of a user manager is Authentication.
  • Media Management - This feature is used for managing the media files and folders, in which you can easily upload, organize and manage the media files on your website.
  • Importers - It allows importation of files in the form of posts. It imports custom files, various pages, tags and comments.
  • Search Engine Optimization - It provides several search engine optimization (SEO) tool which makes On-page SEO very easy.
  • Theme System - It allows modifying the website view and functionality. It includes images, Css,  template files and custom pages.
  • Multilingual - It allows translation of the entire content to the language preferred by the user.
  • Availability of Plugins - Several plugins which are used to provide custom functions are made available.

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Advantages of WordPress

Below are the few advantages made available for this tutorial -

  1. It is an open source platform and available for free.
  2. There are many cool plugins and templates that are made available for free.
  3. Media files can be uploaded quickly and easily.
  4. Css files can be modified according to design based on users need.
  5. It provides several SEO tools which makes the On page SEO very easy to perform.
  6. Customization is easy according to the users needs.
  7. It is very easy to edit the content as it uses the WYSIWYG editor. (What You See Is What You Get is a user interface which allows users to manipulate the layout of the document without having a layout command).
  8. It allows creating different roles for the users of the website such as admin, contributor, author.



Disadvantages of WordPress
Below are the few disadvantages of WordPress made available in this tutorial -

  1. Several plugins can make the website heavy to load and run.
  2. PHP knowledge is required to make changes or modifications in the WordPress website.
  3. Modifying and formatting the graphic images and tables is difficult.
  4. Some times software needs to be updated in order to keep the WordPress up to date with the current browser and mobile devices. Updating the WordPress version can lead to loss of data, so a backup copy of the website is needed after the backup. 

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Alright guys! We have come to the end of this tutorial post. In my next tutorial, am going to be discussing about the installation processes.

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