What exactly is WordPress, anyway?
I get asked by clients all the time, “What exactly is WordPress and would it be a good idea for me to use it?”
WordPress is an open source, template-based content-management system (CMS) and blogging tool that resides on a web server. In other words, WordPress is a website infrastructure and management system that can be used “out of the box” by consumers to set up simple blogs, or customized by developers to house more elaborate websites.
WordPress website content can be easily updated and managed in-house by the website owner without the need for a “Webmaster” who is familier with code or third party software. This cuts down substantially on maintenance costs. Updates are managed via a standardized administrative interface.
WordPress releases periodic updates to comply with ever-changing internet browser and mobile device standards, which automatically update within existing sites. This eliminates the need to redesign websites every few years to stay up to date with evolving browser requirements and internet trends.
WordPress is used by more than 19% of the top 10 million websites and is by far the most popular blogging system, at more than 60 million websites.
WordPress website benefits:
– Update and manage content yourself
– Cross-browser and mobile compliant
– Auto-generated streamlined code
– Integrated photo galleries, music, video
– Many expansion and function options available as “plug-ins”
– Flexible design and layout
This is an example of a WordPress page update interface, displaying the content of my team bio on the Windmill website. I can upload a new picture, change the text, add titles or additional images, hyperlinks, and much more – all with the easy tools shown. It’s like working in Microsoft Word, but easier. I can even insert a video or audio feature. Photo galleries and portfolios are managed in a similar way.
Do you notice the notification at the top of the page, letting me know that a WordPress update is available? That’s how easy it is to update to the newest version of WordPress and ensure my website remains compliant with all browsers, mobile devices and more. All I have to do is click “update now” and it does it for me.
Included in every customized WordPress website we build is personal training in the administrative system. I will show you how to navigate the “back end” of your website and perform all routine updates yourself. If you ever have a question, you can always feel free to come to us for help.
We love working in WordPress and I think you will too! Let us know when you’re ready to get started. In the meantime, visitWordPress.org to learn more – straight from the source.