WordPress is an extremely popular content management system, or “CMS.” It allows even a computer novice to build an extensive, intuitive and attractive website. It is able to manage anything from a tiny personal blog to a large business’ Internet presence. It can be installed manually or automatically onto a web server. In addition, a free or paid WordPress blog can be obtained on a remote server with no installation required. All that you need to do is configure the basic settings and then begin adding your content.
WordPress supports blog posts and pages. Posts go in order from newest to oldest and are divided into pages, unless you specify otherwise. Pages are static and can be linked from the header, a sidebar, within other pages or from an index. All posts and pages can be assigned tags for easy navigation. WordPress supports uploading and embedding images, videos, flash files and other document types. You can enter your HTML code manually or let the “What You See Is What You Get,” or “WYSIWIG”, page editor. The latter approach is ideal for users who are new to designing web pages and would like to see the page how it will appear to their visitors.
WordPress is extremely popular due to its ease of use, flexibility and price. WordPress is completely free and technical support is available from a large community of fellow users and developers. It is available for download from http://www.wordpress.org as source code. It can also be automatically installed through software such as Cpanel and Fantastico.
Features of WordPress:
1. Plugin System: The modular nature of WordPress allows it to be configured for nearly any function. A couple of plug-ins are included to get you started. A wide arrange of them is available from the Internet. Plug-ins can do anything from display funny quotes to serve as a full discussion forum. One of the most popular plug-ins, Akismet, blocks spam that is detected in your comments and linkbacks.
2. Theme System: WordPress comes with some default themes “out of the box.” One of them is entirely plain HTML that is well-suited to extremely basic web browsers and slow connections. More themes can be obtained for free or at a cost from the Internet. Themes are customizable directories containing PHP and CSS files. These directories also contain image files such as a logo and background pattern. You can build your own theme from scratch, modify an existing one to suit your needs or pay an experienced graphic designer or web programmer to build you one.
3. User System: WordPress allows you to define multiple users that can log in separately to their own accounts. These users are classified as administrators, subscribers, editors and more. Each class of user has its own specific permissions. Some can post comments, others can add their own articles, some can only edit existing documents and some have full control over the entire CMS package. Users can be defined, edited and removed at will. Users can register their own accounts which are then activated by the administrator, if so desired.
These are only a few of WordPress’ features. The more you use this powerful CMS, the more capabilities you will discover. It is likely the very best choice for a first-time blogger to use.