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WordPress Tutorials

Welcome to WordPress  Tutorials. The objective of these tutorials is to provide in depth understand of WordPress .

In addition to free WordPress Tutorials , we will cover common interview questions, issues and how to’s of WordPress.

Introduction

WordPress is an open-source and free Web publishing application, content management system (CMS) and blogging tool built by a community of developers and contributors. WordPress allows users to build dynamic websites and blogs that may be updated, customized and managed from its back-end CMS and integrated application and components.

In 2003, WordPress was created as a successor to b2/cafelog by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg. It is provided as a hosted or self-hosted Web blogging platform.

WordPress is built on PHP, supported by MySQL and integrates with a variety of features and tools used to design, develop and manage websites. WordPress provides easily deployable proprietary and third-party themes, plug-ins and widgets that facilitate the integration of third-party code snippets, providing enhanced user features, including the ability to customize code, build search engine friendly internal-links and tagging.

WordPress started out in 2003 as a blogging platform that provided users with a more visually appealing and user-friendly writing experience when creating web content. Since then, it has become one of the most popular content management systems in the world, with over a million websites using its platform. WordPress has grown from a simple blogging platform to a complete content management system with thousands of plug-ins, themes, and self-hosted solutions that are easy to use, even for users with very little technical know-how.

WordPress provides a web-based user interface for designing, publishing, and updating websites. Instead of writing HTML, you can simply choose one of many different website templates or “themes” that has a design you like. You can then modify the layout and build a custom navigation bar. Once the site layout is complete, you can use WordPress’ online interface to create individual pages. Each page may include formatted text, links, images, and other media. You can publish completed webpages or blog updates by simply clicking the Publish button.

The WordPress interface makes it easy for anyone without web development experience to create and publish a website. The built-in blogging tools provide a simple way to track individual posts, visitors, and user comments. If WordPress’ built-in capabilities are not sufficient for your needs, you can install different plug-ins that provide extra features. Examples include social media buttons, image galleries, and web forum tools.

While there are thousands of WordPress templates and plug-ins available, the WordPress system still has its limitations. Because it is a template-based service, you must begin with a pre-built website rather than create pages from scratch. Additionally, you cannot insert scripts or maintain a database with the same level of control that a custom website offers. Therefore, most companies and large organizations still hand-code websites or develop them using a WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver.

For many individuals, however, WordPress provides a great blogging system that is both convenient and free. There is no cost to sign up for WordPress or to use the service. It is even free to publish a custom website or blog at the wordpress.com domain (such as custom-name.wordpress.com). However, if you want a custom website address or need extra features, such as more disk space or premium themes, WordPress offers “Premium” and “Business” services for an annual fee.

Advantages of WordPress

Easy to operate.  You can make changes to the website yourself without having to know any HTML coding.  Adding pages, blog posts, products, images and editing current content is easy on WordPress.  At Designed to Connect, we supply you with a set of training tutorials to walk you through how to manage your website yourself when you build a WordPress website with us.  This will save you a great deal of money since you won’t have to pay your programmer to make every change you need done on your website.

Cheaper to build.  WordPress offers a huge variety of themes which can be used to build the website.  When you begin with a theme, you cut down significantly on the amount of time it takes to build a website.  (If you don’t find a theme that you like, we can build you a theme from scratch; however, this will increase the costs).

The highest number of developers creating themes and plugins for it.  Similar to the situation you are seeing in the smart phone industry where the iphone offers over 7 times the number of apps as the blackberry, WordPress offers more paid and unpaid themes and plugins than any other Content Management Systems. This means that when you want a feature added to your website, there is a good chance that you will be able to find a plugin that exists for it.

WordPress is a popular platform.

Search Engine Optimization is made simple. WordPress offers several great search engine optimization tools that make doing your own on-site SEO simple.

E-commerce is available on WordPress.  At Designed to Connect, we generally use Woocommerce – an e-commerce add on to WordPress to build our e-commerce websites.  As an e-commerce store, you will often find yourself updating your products, pricing, sales, coupons and more.  Woocommerce is extremely effective in doing all this along with offering great reports features.  Building e-commerce into your website has never been easier or more cost effective.

Disadvantages of WordPress

WordPress updates their software frequently

Content doesn’t always look right.

Customization of a theme can be costly.

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