What is WordPress?

It’s a bunch of free website code you can use to easily make a fully functional blog or website in minutes.

The code itself is contained in a bunch of organized files available for download at wordpress.org. Installing the files where your domain name is hosted will form the basis of your site. Installing WordPress is easy and can be done a couple of different ways.

WordPress is a product of Automatic and the WordPress community. It has a huge following and has been growing in popularity since it was released in 2004. It is actively being developed and updates are released on a monthly and sometimes weekly basis. Upgrading is simple and provides new functionality using the latest web technologies.

With WordPress you can build just about any kind of website you want without needing to write a single line of code. All of the website coding is done for you. The WordPress community has written thousands of plugins which are also free and can be used to extend the functionality of your site.

Thousands of free themes are also available. After installing a new theme, you can switch between them in a single mouse click.

As of version 2.8, upgrading WordPress, installing plugins, and ading new themes can all be done without the use of a file transfer program. The administration of a WordPress site is all done by logging into an administration console where you have complete control of your site.

From the admin console you can add new posts and pages, edit existing ones, and tweak everything else about your site.

Though originally designed for blogging, WordPress can easily be turned into a website or content management system by specifying a static front page and turning your blog page into a news article page.

Visitor commenting for posts and pages is built in, but can be turned off for individual pages or site-wide.

WordPress uses a database to store all your site information. This makes migrating your site easy. All of your infromation can be backed up to a single file and re-loaded into another WordPress site if you need to move as described on this website too.

If you are a skilled website builder, WordPress will save you time. It’s the perfect solution for creating sites for clients who need to be able to update their pages themselves. The simple “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor allows anyone who can use a word processor to update website content. To make updating pages and post even easier, you can use Windows Live Writer or other blogging software to connect to and update sites from a computer without having to use the administration console.

Depending on the theme you are using, sidebar content can be configured via the “Widgets” interface. Widgets can be dragged from the available pool and dropped into place in your sidebars to deliver the content the way you want.

WordPress sites are also very secure against hackers. Users can be required to register and log in before seeing specific content you specify. Pages and Post’s can be password protected. Each wordpress installation comes with an incredible comment spam filtering plugin called Akismet. Activating Akismet will ensure your site does not become a target for comment spam.

In all, WordPress is the leading blog and website platform of choice used by individuals and businesses all over the world.

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