WordPress is a lightweight content management system “(CMS) for short”, which allows users to run and manage their own website. WordPress gives the user the freedom to create their own content with an infinite amount of different layouts. WordPress is so powerful in fact; that the entire Ukandoo Academy website you’re on right now is built on WordPress, which should give you a pretty good idea as to how powerful WordPress truly is when harnessed to its full potential.
There are two very different WordPress websites. There’s self-hosted (WordPress.org) and WordPress hosted (WordPress.com). You can learn more about the differences between these two in the next lesson in this module.
WordPress is a self-contained piece of web-software; which straight out of the box allows even the most novice of users to create some pretty impressive basic layout websites; resulting in fairly polished pages and a means to showcase a plethora of objects. However, WordPress doesn’t stop there, if you really want to unleash the raw power of this (CMS), then you also have access to the world’s largest community and marketplace over any other (CMS).
WordPress websites vary from simple one page “blog” style websites, to fully fledged e-commerce stores used by some of the largest names in the world. If you have a small business, large corporation or just want to write about your daily life, then WordPress has a place for you. There literally isn’t a website layout, business format or person WordPress can’t cater for.
Since WordPress was first released in 2003, it has grown to become the most popular website publishing software, and now powers more than 75 million websites around the world. The reason for the success of WordPress is down to one simple fact; it’s completely free and open source. This means the platform (software) is managed by 100’s of volunteers around the world who all contribute to the development of WordPress. With such a powerful public backing and constant development, the software gets better and better with each and every update; not to mention the extraordinarily large community who develop plugins and themes to compliment WordPress. You can learn more about themes, plugins, and widgets in another lesson in this module, and begin understanding just how much power you have access to when building a website with WordPress.
Wrapping up the benefits of using WordPress
- Completely free for commercial or private use
- 100’s of people around the world working on the core, meaning WordPress is constantly evolving
- No need for expensive web developers
- Easily manage and update your own content
- No need to learn complicated HTML
Flexible & Extensible
- 1000’s of free and commercial plugins and themes for just about anything you want your website to have in it, or do
- Easily change how your website looks and feels in minutes
- Add new features with only a few clicks
- Online video tutorials
- Huge WordPress community
- Easy to understand and extensively written documentation
- Experienced WordPress developers all over the world to help you develop anything you need
- Fully compliant with W3C standards
- BBuilt-insupport for RSS and Ping-O-Matic
- Clean, Search-Engine friendly code
Own your content
- No need to be limited by proprietary solutions (save money and build whatever you want)
- You own your website and all material, so should you want to move anything away; your website is yours
- Easily import and export content when and if you choose to