Have you ever tried building a website/landing page all by yourself? Have you come across something known as WordPress.
What is WordPress? Is there a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? Why is the majority of the website built on it?
If you have felt the same, Welcome to Create Your Website Series. In this particular article, we can go through all the doubts and questions related to WP. And how you can get into the Web Development field with WP and start taking it as a career option.
I came across WP very late, back in 2017, till then, I knew only other platforms like Weebly and Wix and others to create web pages.
I started learning WP using YouTube Videos and various online courses from different platforms. The YouTube videos were slightly confusing, and there was no proper guide.
To Understand more about WordPress, we need to answer the following questions first.
- What is a Content Management System?
- What are the different Content Management Systems available?
Let us begin with understanding what a content management system is.
What is a CMS(Content Management System)?
A Content Management System is a tool which helps to build websites or blogs. In CMS, there is no need to write all code from zero. You can still build websites even if you don’t know how to code at all. Thanks to day by day technological developments.
Let’s take an example where we start with creating a piece of content or writing a blog.
Without a CMS, you would need to write a code in a static HTML file and upload it to your server (it sounds complicated, right?).
With a CMS, you can write your content in a tool or an interface that looks similar to Microsoft Word or Notepad.
The ultimate job of a CMS is to convert the information fed to it in the plain language to a language that the browser understands and store it in the webserver.
That is, instead of writing <p> Digital Jacky </p> you can directly write “Digital Jacky” and the CMS will convert them into codes.
The Content Management System makes the job of a newbie or a beginner who wants to develop a website, simple in easy DIY steps.
What are the different CMS’s available?
There are a lot of CMS’s available like
- Magento (For E-Commerce stores)
- Wix etc.
We in this Create Your Website series will be more focusing on the WordPress – Content Management System. And learn how to develop a blog or a professional website. Also, as to how can we customize it as per our needs.
What is WordPress?
WordPress or WP is a free, widely used and open-source content management system written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. The Features include a plugin architecture and a template system, referred to within WP as Themes.
Difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
The one significant difference between WordPress.org and .com is who’s hosting your website.
With WordPress.org, You host your blog or website. WordPress.org is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your web server and customize accordingly.
WordPress.com, on the other hand, takes care of all of the hostings for you. You don’t have to download the software, pay for web hosting, or manage your web server.
WordPress.org is more flexible for most users; you’re free to install whatever WordPress themes and plugins you want, while WordPress.com doesn’t let you install third-party themes and plugins on most plans.
As said above for WordPress.org, you need to buy a domain and hosting. We suggest you purchase it from domainkharido.com.
More About WordPress.org
WordPress is the world’s most popular tool for creating websites. It is capable of creating any style of website, from a simple blog to a full-featured business website. You can even use WP to create an online store. WP has numerous features and customization possibilities, unlike other CMS’s.
For example, you can use WordPress to power:
- Professional websites / Corporate Business Website
- Forum Websites
- Portfolio Website
- E-Commerce Stores
- Online Courses / Learning Management Systems
- Membership Sites
- Social Networks
- Various Portals
With WordPress.org, all you need to do to develop a website is
- Buy Domain – Check Our Article on How to choose a domain name for your website.
- Web Hosting – Check our Article on How to Choose Web Hosting for Your Website.
- Install WordPress.
- Select a Theme and Customize the theme.
- Add Plugins (Plugins are additional functionalities).
- Create Contents and Publish.
- Customize and Build various pages using easy to use Page Builders.
With these seven easy do it yourself steps, you can develop your website all by yourself, even if you don’t have any knowledge about coding.
Why is WordPress.org the best?
- WordPress is a universal platform with a wide range of themes and plugins.
- All the major WP Themes and WP Plugins have a Free version as well as a Pro Version.
- Whether it is a corporate website, an e-commerce platform, or a survey site WP provides tools and customization opportunities, most of which are free to use.
- Highly reliable since WP powers the majority of the website.
- Websites like CNN, The New York Times, Facebook Newsroom etc. are built on WP. – Check this article to view 40+ Most Notable Big Name Brands that are Using WordPress.
What is WP Themes?
A WP theme changes the design of your website, mostly its layout. Changing your theme changes how your WP website looks on the front-end, i.e. what a website visitor sees when they browse to your site on the web. There are thousands of free themes in the WordPress.org Theme Directory.
What is WP Plugins?
A WP plugin is a piece of software. Plugins can extend functionality or add new features to your WP websites. There are thousands of free plugins in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory.
I know there is a lot of high bouncer information today. But I wanted to lay a strong foundation base for the series. I hope this article has given you in-depth information on what are various content management system and What is WordPress and Why WordPress powers the majority of the websites.
All the new Digital Marketers can start to make use of WordPress to have their blogs or brand websites. Also, simultaneously can scale up their blog or website using digital marketing.
Now, after this article still, there might be someone who might conflict with the above. But what everyone needs to understand is that it’s challenging to come up with a factual argument for one content management system being the best in 100% of situations.
But with the experience of last 3-4 years what I can guarantee you is that WordPress is a growing platform. It’s a perfect fit for Blogs, Corporate Website, Forums, Portfolios, E-Commerce Stores, Online Courses, Membership Sites, Social Networks, and to develop Portals as well.
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