If we go for a basic definition, WordPress is a content management system (CMS). There are various CMS platforms out there, such as Joomla, Drupal and many others. But by far WordPress is the most popular and around 30% of all websites on the Internet today are built with the WordPress CMS. Things have come a long way for WordPress from when it first started and was simply a blogging platform. Now WordPress powers many sites from the most simple to some very complex and powerful sites created for major companies. Over the past 10 years, WordPress has won many awards and made a lot of business owners and website developers a lot of money in profits. And the platform continues to grow stronger with every new update. Web designers and developers from all over the world continue building upon WordPress, so we can expect the platform to grow in functionality, utility and popularity.

WordPress.com v’s WordPress.org

WordPress.org is where you download the WordPress CMS software, and by doing so you have complete control over the software on your server. WordPress.com is a WordPress hosted platform where you have no control over the software and you are bound by WordPress’ terms and conditions. WordPress.com offers both a free and paid service, and the free version is a very robust system which satisfies the needs of millions of users. However, in truth, the free hosted version of WordPress does have a lot of limitations and therefore less flexible when it comes to building out more complex websites.

With thousands of free and premium themes, plugins, addons and widgets at your disposal, there’s nothing stopping you from building a website straight out of your dreams. You can build blog networks, news sites, magazines, arcades, review sites and so much more. And since WordPress is free open-source software, you can modify the source code to build any web application you wish.

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From Headstand Media in Chicago. This is web Smart TV. The basics of the Web, in about a minute. 

What is WordPress? 

 WordPress is one of the most popular content management and blog publishing applications on the web today. It was first released in 2003 as a basic blog engine, but it’s become a full featured fully customizable Web site creation tool used by millions of individuals, businesses and organizations around the world. 

WordPress can be downloaded for free at WordPress.org and installed anywhere is the backbone for an entire Web site. It is open source, meaning that all of its code and files are free to use customize and enhance. 

All over the web today, WordPress powers extremely elaborate creative and corporate websites, simple blogs, and everything in between. Its powerful features include a templating system, thousands of free plugins, search engine friendly link structures, and more. 

For businesses, WordPress is an extremely versatile technology that helps them maintain content, engage in social media, perform well in search engines and minimize out of house costs. 

If you’d like to learn more about WordPress visit us at websmart.tv. Until next time stay smart! 

Here Are Some Additional WordPress Related FAQs

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

WordPress is a blogging software as well as a framework for web development. Its an open source software written in Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP). WordPress currently shares around 40% of the all open source softwares landscape.

  1. Ease of Use
  2. Manage Your Website from Any Computer
  3. No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required
  4. Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
  5. You Have Control of Your Site
  6. The Design of Your Website is 100% Customizable
  7. A Blog is Built-in and Ready to Go
  8. Extend the Functionality of Your Site with Plugins
  9. Your Site Can Grow as Your Business Grows
  10. Have Multiple Users

Depending on your needs, your cost to start a WordPress website can range from $300 to $3000. We’ve even seen WordPress websites built that cost $30,000 or more – but those are the exceptions to the rule. It’s important to know what type of website you want to build , and what you’ll need for it before you hire a designer because that will directly affect your cost.

For beginners, according to me, WordPress is easy to use for making websites and blogs etc. WordPress gives you many features and plugins to create a website and blog. It is one click install process and also user friendly. … Yes, WordPress is very easy to use and is known for being the most flexible.

This is all very much down to opinion. WordPress is the most popular CMS on the web (nearly 19 percent of the whole worldwide web runs on WordPress) and it gets frequent updates and has a lively community. Great content management capabilities — way better than Wix’s. WordPress also has got a great blogging module, which is better than Wix’s. WordPress also has a thriving community of developers who create plugins and themes to help improve the functionality of WordPress websites, and some of these plugins and themes are made available for free. Wix does have have some very nice designs, and is easy to use, but you are going to be very limited with the types of sites you can build with Wix, and it’s important to remember that you never actually own a Wix website, and if they deem that you have gone against their terms and conditions they can shut your website off and therefore leave you and your business hanging and having to rush around to get a new website up quickly.

Building a GOOD WordPress website highly depends on your requirements. I build websites -when I look at time spent and not and the time passed- between 6 and 80 hours. If custom plugins or themes have to be developed, it can take up to 300 hours. If it is a high traffic site even up to 600 hours.

WordPress as a software is free for you to download and use. However, if you want to completely own your website, you will need to download the WordPress software, and then install it on a server that is accessible to the Internet (also known as hosting). There are many themes that you can install on your WordPress site, some of which are free, but you have to be careful to make sure you choose a theme that doesn’t contain any kind of malware that will infect your website and perhaps hand control of it over to hackers. There are also many free and premium plugins that you can install on your website, that will enhance the functionality of your site, but the risks of protecting your site are the same as mentioned above when using free themes.  If you don’t care about owning your website, you can use WordPress’ free hosting platform, but you will find you are limited with the themes and plugins that you can use, and if WordPress deems you have gone against their terms of service, they can shut your site off without notice. If you are going to use WordPress, we would recommend that you install the software on your own or a rented server, such as with GoDaddy or Hostgator, and that way WordPress won’t be able to turn your site off at will.

  • Vulnerability. Unquestionably the biggest disadvantage of WordPress is its security. If you don’t keep your themes, plugins and the WordPress core updated you could be leaving openings for hackers to access your website.
  • Depending who you hire to build your website, it can be expensive (but that is the same regardless of what platform you choose to build your website on). While the WordPress itself is free, when looking at the whole picture there are other costs to keep in mind such as hosting, and any premium plugins that you might choose to purchase to enhance your site.
  • Themes and plugins require frequent updates. Because WordPress is so popular it means that sites built on it are an attractive target for hackers to attack. This means developers and WordPress themself are often building updates to keep hackers out of sites. So when updates are released it’s important to run these on your website to make sure any of the new security fixes are installed on your site.
  • Depending on what type of site you are building, you may need to hire a developer to do some custom coding for you if you can’t find a plugin and you have no coding skills yourself.

Sure, it can be if you know what you’re doing when you set it up and you monitor your site to ensure you are backing it up frequently and updating the WordPress core, theme and plugins. WordPress is one of the most high-profile open source CMS’s in use today and commands arounds 60% of all CMS websites in use. Around 31% of ALL websites on the Internet use WordPress, so it’s safe to say that WordPress is a frequent target for hackers. There are no websites on the Internet that are completely secure from hackers, so it’s important that back your site up often, in case you need to reinstall a clean version of it quickly.

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