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What Is WordPress? Explained for Beginners

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Hello and welcome to learnbuster. I am prem baitha, this is WordPress series on learnbuster. In this blog, you will learn everything about WordPress.

So without wasting time lets start. What is WordPress? WordPress is an opensource software or content management system (CMS). Made up by PHP and SQL web programming language from which you can make a website of various type. Also, you can handle all of your database and every management of the website without any coding knowledge.

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WordPress is FREE as I have mentioned above it is open-source software.

Basically, to make a website there are three ways.

First, you have to learn all web-based programming languages like HTML, CSS, javascript, SQL, and php. Not only this, based on my experience there are a lot more thing you have to learn to make a full-fledged working website. And it will definitely take around 8 months to 1 year based on your level of understanding. It will take so much time.

Second, you have to hire a web developer. He or she will make the website of your design and needs. And obviously, you have to pay for it. Now, this process will also take so much time and money based on your need. I will not choose it until I will need some very unique function on my website.

The third is using a CMS ( content management system ). CMS is software obviously made by humans. In CMS you don’t have to code any part of the website. You just have to manage all the website content in frontend without using any coding brain. It is just like you fill up the form and submit it without bothering what will happen in backend and in server.

WordPress is one of the best free CMS software. The fact is 27.5% of websites are run on WordPress.

WordPress is simple and easy to use. It also has many people and tech community which help and support in any problem related to WordPress. And that’s why people use WordPress for website development.

Basically, in WordPress, you will get a dashboard from where you will control everything on your website. Look at the screenshot. This is the dashboard of learnbuster.

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But before all this, you have to know what is domain and hosting and how to buy them. This is because you will install WordPress CMS software in your Cpanel of hosting account.

Different between (custom) HTML site and WordPress site

So if you want a website that will look good, work easily and don’t want any specific or very different functionality then you can use WordPress.

I had explained everything about WordPress. WordPress doesn’t need any coding knowledge everything is precoded. Everything is ready in WordPress. if you click some tab or write a heading or paragraph it will convert in HTML code automatically.

But WordPress has its limits. You cannot add your own code and specific function. you will need to install plugins for extra functionality. ( A plugin is a software add-on that is installed on a website, enhancing its capabilities. ) Like if you want login and registration form then you will download a plugin. After installing it will start working on your website. That plugin’s code will merge with your theme code.

WordPress comes with a theme and have premaded website.

Some of these plugins are paid and some of them are free based on their functionality.

Don’t worry if are not getting anything just stick with this WordPress series. all the coming blog are on WordPress.

So what if you want a specific function on your website and there is no plugin which will do the work. Here comes the disadvantage.

And this is why custom website made. You can create anything you want because every part of the website is in your control. You can add a framework or you can make your own web application. That is why a custom website is a good choice.

Of course, you will need hardcore coding knowledge for a custom website.

If you want a custom website with a specific function then you can hire a web developer.

And one more drawback of WordPress is if you download more plugins in WordPress. Your site will load slowly on the internet. which is not good.

So for now, simply WordPress is good for beginners who want normal websites like a blog site or small eCommerce website.

In the custom site, you have to write every code of website from the beginning.

Type Of Websites You Can Create With WordPress

You can create any type of website with WordPress with less technical knowledge. If you know the basic, how to install and set up WordPress Plugins then you can create the different type of websites with WordPress very easily.

  1. Personal Blog Or Website
  2. Business Websites
  3. Social Networking Websites Like Facebook
  4. Online Discussion Forums
  5. E-Commerce Website
  6. News Websites
  7. Questions And Answers Websites
  8. Wiki Sites Like Wikipedia
  9. Classified Add Websites
  10. Job Boards
  11. Membership Websites
  12. Micro-Blogging Like Twitter
  13. Build Review Website With WordPress
  14. Start A Classifieds Site
  15. Build A Directory With WordPress
  16. Consumer Reviews Websites
  17. Local Business Directory
  18. Static Website With WordPress
  19. Photo Gallery
  20. Amazon Affiliate Store
  21. Website For Wedding
  22. Real Estate Websites
  23. Sell Online Courses
  24. Set Up An Online Box Office Website And Sell Tickets
  25. Create an Auction Website with WP Auction Software
  26. Run an Etsy-Style Online Mall
  27. Hold Online Exams with WATU Pro
  28. Informative
  29. Create an article repository
  30. Build a review site
  31. Aggregation
  32. Coupon site
  33. Twitter Look-alike
  34. Job board
  35. Issue tracking
  36. Booking system
  37. Customer feedback
  38. Support desk
  39. YouTube look-alike
  40. WordPress as a framework

Who Made it And How Long Has It Been Around?

WordPress is written in PHP and MySQL. it is made by Michel Valdrighi.
It is the official successor of b2/cafelog CMS.

It first appeared in 2003 as a joint work between Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little to create a fork of b2. Christine Selleck, the friend of Mullenweg, suggested the name WordPress.

As of May 2019, WordPress is used by 60.8% of all the websites. It is 27.5% of the top 10 million websites.

Who Uses WordPress?

There are many institute and companies were using WordPress for there website. Take the example of me I am using WordPress for blogging. There are also so many bloggers like me using WordPress. As we can make a small e-commerce website. Small retailer shop owner uses WordPress site because it is so easy to handle and they can sell their products on the internet.

There are also Many famous blogs, news outlets, music sites run on WordPress CMS. Example, famous blogs like shoutmeloud, Mashable and TechCrunch runs on WordPress. News outlets like The New York Times’ blogs and CNN’s on-air personality blogs all run WordPress.

Reasons WordPress is a great choice

Open Source – You can download it and use it for free. It is open source software that means people from all over the world constantly work on it and improve WordPress.

Easy to learn and use– You don’t have to hire any web developer and learn web-based programming. You can create a website with WordPress without coding. You can easily manage and update your own content.

Customizable – In WordPress, there are so many themes and plugins which you can use to change the design of your website. And if you want any extra functionality in your website then you just have to download the plugin. With a few setups, you will get what you want.

Easy to find support– As I mentioned above WordPress is opensource software. And there is a large number of people and community constantly working on WordPress to get much better CMS.

WordPress as its own website where you can share your problem and you will get your answer within a day. There are many youtube tutorials and WordPress forums where you can find your solutions.

How does WordPress work?

To start using WordPress, first, you will download the software and install it on the web server. connect it to a database, and then start posting your content on the web.

It sounds very complicated, but all the process takes about 5 minutes. Once installed, WordPress enables you to use a simple, web-based editor to publish content and build your website.

There’s even a hosted version at WordPress.com that allows you to create a new WordPress website in just a few seconds.

Alternatives

  1. Weebly
  2. Wix
  3. Medium
  4. Ghost
  5. Joomla
  6. Drupal
  7. Blogger

Want more tutorials on WordPress then visit WordPress series.

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