Surely you have already tried a new software or generally started something new without having any prior knowledge. I remember it all too well when I first used WordPress for my first blog years ago. To make it easier for you to get started in WordPress, I would like to create a small series of articles with entry-level topics about WordPress. This first post explains what WordPress is all about and why it’s so popular.
WordPress is a tool that you can use to create your own website or blog. WordPress is a simple and versatile publishing tool that makes it easy for you to publish your own content on the web.
You can download the WordPress software in minutes and install it on your own web hosting service. Once installed, you can use a simple editor to create and modify pages and blog posts for your website – without having to learn HTML, PHP or CSS.
WordPress is easy to learn and it makes managing and updating your website content so much easier. WordPress is definitely suitable for beginners, you do not have to be an expert to get started. If you encounter problems, you can easily find support in the official WordPress forums or through your own research on the Web.
WordPress is so exciting compared to other blog and content management systems because it’s incredibly flexible and adaptable. You can build pretty much any kind of online platform with WordPress – a blog, portfolio, magazine, ecommerce shop, a community page, business website, a forum, social network …. the possibilities are endless.
Themes and Plugins
The versatility of WordPress is made possible mainly by thousands of themes and plugins, which enhance the performance of your website.
WordPress Themes relate to the look of your website and change the way a website is visually displayed. There are plenty of professionally designed themes for WordPress, so-called free and premium themes, and there are matching themes for just about every type of website.
WordPress Plugins, on the other hand, extend the functionality of a website or blog and allow users to customize websites to suit their specific needs. WordPress offers a large number of free and paid plugins, which offer a variety of features and functions.
So you can use WordPress to implement just about any kind of website you can imagine. In short, WordPress offers endless possibilities.
The special feature of WordPress is that it is an open-source software that is developed and maintained by the users themselves. It is free of commercial restrictions, hence you can use WordPress in any way and host your WordPress website anywhere. So you have complete control over your own content on the Web. In comparison with other providers you are very limited, what you can do on your own website and what not. With WordPress you can also easily import content from other content management systems as well as easily export your data and content elsewhere.
Since WordPress is an open source project and does not officially belong to anyone, it’s completely free. You can download and use WordPress completely free of charge.
The WordPress Community
Due to the nature of open source, WordPress is used by a global community. With such an extensive amount of users, it comes with no surprise that members (freelancers, digital workers, developers, hobbyists) have an active interest in developing and maintaining WordPress. With WordPress, you become part of a community where everyone can contribute. Contributors provide support, share ideas, submit designs, generate code, write plugins, create topics, and teach others. Every minute new information about WordPress is passed onto the world. This enormous community input creates a continuous development and improvement of WordPress for all of us.
WordPress on the Web
WordPress has come a long way since its first release in 2003. With no doubt WordPress has fundamentally evolved in the past 15 years. That’s why it’s the most popular blog and content management system (CMS) today and has become a leading force on the Internet. Over 30% of all websites are already running on WordPress and 60% of all websites that use a CMS use WordPress (source: W3Techs). These numbers are constantly increasing and are the best proof of what a strong publishing system WordPress is.
WordPress isn’t only a pure blog or CMS system, but it also provides a framework that you can do pretty much anything with. And the future of WordPress, especially with the upcoming updates, looks exciting. The new Gutenberg editor and the following changes in the WordPress back-end offers a lot of new possibilities and above all an improved usability.