WordPress is a free and open-source content
management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a
plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by
more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015.
WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at
more than 60 million websites.
It was released
on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as
a fork of b2/cafelog. The license under which WordPress software is
released is the GPLv2 (or later) from the Free Software Foundation.
WordPress has a web template system using a
WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow
users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website
and they can be installed without altering the content or health of
the site. Every WordPress website requires at least one theme to be
present and every theme should be designed using WordPress standards
with structured PHP, valid HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Themes may be directly installed using the WordPress "Appearance"
administration tool in the dashboard or theme folders may be
uploaded via FTP. The PHP, HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS
code found in themes can be added to or edited for providing
advanced features. WordPress themes are in general classified into
two categories, free themes and premium themes. All the free themes
are listed in the WordPress theme directory and premium themes
should be purchased from marketplaces and individual WordPress
developers. WordPress users may also create and develop their own
custom themes if they have the knowledge and skill to do so. If
WordPress users do not have themes development knowledge then they
may download and use free WordPress themes from wordpress.org.
WordPress's plugin architecture allows users to extend the features
and functionality of a website or blog. WordPress has over 40,501
plugins available, each of which offers custom functions and
features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific
needs. These customizations range from search engine optimization,
to client portals used to display private information to logged in
users, to content displaying features, such as the addition of
widgets and navigation bars. But not all available plugins are
always abreast with the upgrades and as a result they may not
function properly or may not function at all. WordPress encourages
developers to submit a plugin, either free or paid, to the
depository subject to a manual review.
Native applications exist for WebOS, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod
Touch, iPad), Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. These applications,
designed by Automattic, allow a limited set of options, which
include adding new blog posts and pages, commenting, moderating
comments, replying to comments in addition to the ability to view
WordPress also features integrated link management; a search
engine–friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign
multiple categories to articles; and support for tagging of posts
and articles. Automatic filters are also included, providing
standardized formatting and styling of text in articles (for
example, converting regular quotes to smart quotes). WordPress also
supports the Trackback and Pingback standards for displaying links
to other sites that have themselves linked to a post or an article.
WordPress blog posts can be edited in HTML, using the visual editor,
or using one of a number of plugins that allow for a variety of
customized editing features.
Now the Question is:
Do you want and/or need a blog? Do you want to spend the time to
make your blog meaningful and relevant to your site visitors?