WordPress software is used to power over 34% of the web. It has been around since 2003 and for a long time has the blogging software of choice. Now it is used for far more than just blogging, with the majority of sites using it as a fully blown Content Management System (CMS) including ecommerce stores.

What is WordPress and why should I care?

WordPress was originally built for blogging. Nowadays it is used very successfully as a CMS for other types of websites. One of the reasons for its astounding growth is because it is FREE. It is also very easy to install and to use which means that even non-developers can use it. What this means in practice is that if you wanted a basic website that is up and running within a day, you can do and you can do it yourself for very little outlay.

How does WordPress work?

Basically, as with all CMS, WordPress holds all of its data in a database. This means you can update your content very easily and the changes are instantaneous. You don’t need to access any HTML or PHP files to change the content. Once WordPress is installed you don’t need to download or upload files to change the content. Everything is done online from your website’s interface. This interface is a password-protected area of the site where you can control what happens to your website. Everything from adding content, changing colours or layout to search engine optimisation.

What are the basics of WordPress?

The main two types of WordPress content are Posts and Pages. Pages are like a normal static webpage, you create a page, add some content and then publish it. You can add images, videos, links, basically anything the same as a normal HTML page. Posts are like diary entries. You create a new post and then add some content to it (as with the Page) and then publish it. It is generally published in a ‘blog’ area by date. Using these two methods (or just one or the other) you can build up your site how you want it. If you just wanted blog (diary) posts you can do or if you just wanted static pages you can do. WordPress is extremely flexible and you can use it how you wish.

Is that it?

No, WordPress can do a lot more, this is just a basic introduction to what it is and how it works. For more information see our WordPress posts.