WordPress as a CMS

WordPress is an open source publishing software with a focus on a user-friendly experience. Regardless the various debates if a WordPress ia a true CMS, for more than a decade it has grown from a simple blogging tool to a full grown CMS used by millions. Even if you are not familiar what exactly is a Content Management System (CMS), you have probably heard of WordPress. CMS allows you to control and manage the content within your web site – without any technical training. Using this uncomplicated system you can very easily add, delete images and edit text in your web site on the fly. You can also have an unlimited number of pages and a full site-search engine.

According to a recent survey WordPress is the most popular CMS platform, powering more than 23% of all the websites on the internet.

w3-diagramData source: w3techs.com, April 2015

The reason for such popularity can be found in high flexibility, user friendly interface and wast community gathered on wordpress.org website. There are thousands of plugins, widgets and themes that can help you extend WordPress functionality.

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress is built for publishing and as such it allows you to edit your text, add media with drag and drop file uploader, schedule your post and collaborate the work. It can take the place of your entire workflow from the initial draft to the time you hit publish button – spelling, grammar, collaboration, word count, and review. WordPress automatically saves your work as you type and it provides a list of revisions you made that you can easily restore with a single click. For a full list of WordPress features please visit official Codex page.

 

All you need to get started after you install WordPress on a server is the right theme that represents your website the right way. Beside content, the visuals are the next must have if you plan to have a professional looking website. You can download free themes from WordPress website and install them on a platform. All themes have a predefined content behavior which means that main elements are positioned according to a theme. Theme main elements are: header, content area, sidebar and footer. Within the theme you can add and reorganize widgets that are usually positioned in sidebar or footer of a website. You can add more plugins to extend functionality and add more types of content regarding to your needs. All plugins are posted on a WordPress plugins page, and they are rated by community on their functionality and whether they are good or not. It is up to you to try them and decide if you are going to use them, it is completely optional.

 

WordPress is even mobile friendly, so you can easily access your dashboard from any device and edit your content. Now that’s something!

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