October 31, 2020

WordPress

WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app

Beautiful designs, powerful features, and the freedom to build anything you want. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time

Released on May 27, 2003

WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, American developer Matt Mullenweg and English developer Mike Little as a fork of b2/cafelog. The software is released under the GPLv2 (or later) license

How to host it

To function, WordPress has to be installed on a web server, either part of an Internet hosting service like WordPress.com or a computer running the software package WordPress.org in order to serve as a network host in its own right. A local computer may be used for single-user testing and learning purposes.

Trusted by the Best

WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2019

Powerful Features

Extend WordPress with over 55,000 plugins to help your website meet your needs. Add an online store, galleries, mailing lists, forums, analytics

WordrdPress is one of the most popular content management system solutions in use and is also used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems

Themes

WordPress users may install and switch among different themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website without altering the core code or site content

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 (HyperText Markup Language), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Themes may be directly installed using the WordPress “Appearance” administration tool in the dashboard, or theme folders may be copied directly into the themes directory, for example via FTP

The PHP, HTML and CSS found in themes can be directly modified to alter theme behavior, or a theme can be a “child” theme that inherits settings from another theme and selectively overrides features

WordPress themes are generally classified into two categories: free and premium, Many free themes are listed in the WordPress theme directory (also known as the repository), and premium themes are available for purchase from marketplaces and individual WordPress developers

WordPress users may also create and develop their own custom themes. The free theme Underscores created by the WordPress developers has become a popular basis for new themes

Plugins

WordPress plugin architecture allows users to extend the features and functionality of a website or blog

As of January 2020, WordPress.org has 55,487 plugins available, each of which offers custom functions and features enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs

However, this does not include the premium plugins that are available (approximately 1,500+), which may not be listed in the WordPress.org repository

These customizations range from search engine optimization (SEO), to client portals used to display private information to logged in users, to content management systems, to content displaying features, such as the addition of widgets and navigation bars

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

Most plugins are available through WordPress themselves, either via downloading them and installing the files manually via FTP or through the WordPress dashboard

However, many third parties offer plugins through their own websites, many of which are paid packages

Accessibility

The WordPress Accessibility Team has worked to improve the accessibility for core WordPress as well as support a clear identification of accessible themes

The WordPress Accessibility Team provides continuing educational support about web accessibility and inclusive design

The WordPress Accessibility Coding Standards state that “All new or updated code released in WordPress must conform with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at level AA

Additional Features

WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine–friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign multiple categories to posts; and support for tagging of posts

Automatic filters are also included, providing standardized formatting and styling of text in posts (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 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