The official word on the WordPress website is that WordPress is “The Simple, Fast and Easy Content Management System.” It has to be one of the most widely used systems for getting online since its original announcement. WordPress was born from the desire of a team of software engineers at the time to build a blogging platform that would be free of cost to bloggers and yet would maintain the beauty of the professional web pages.
It is designed in such a way that you can put the same contents, but the appearance of the Blog would change, to some extent, and therefore attract the viewers to come to the site. This means, that it is an innovative blog building system. It’s easy to install and once you get past the initial steps, you can start building a professional-looking website.
But on the contrary, it was not meant to be an easy-to-use blogging system. For instance, there are so many “plugins” present in WordPress that can turn your blog into anything, they are hard to find out and can produce different effects depending on the “plugin”. When it comes to WordPress as a CMS, nothing is really “simple”.
The word “WordPress” is somewhat misleading because WordPress does not stand for “WordPress CMS” at all. Instead, WordPress is the name of the software system being developed by the creative team of programmers, web designers and artists. For this reason, a lot of its actions and tasks are defined by this particular name. It is a website system that makes your website functions much faster, making it easy to maintain, update and optimize your content.
The first thing that you should do when getting WordPress is to find out how to install it. If you don’t have any experience with web design or programming, you should first get your hands on some tutorial on using WordPress. When you feel comfortable enough to actually use the tools and applications thatyou will be using, you can go ahead and download and install it.
The installation of WordPress is easy. You just need to have a server with PHP installed, along with one of the basic software packages for your operating system (for Linux, this package is called “MySQL”). Install WordPress and then set up your account. If you want to continue with the tutorial, you can get this done either from the wordpress website or through the WordPress blog platform.
A basic plugin for WordPress is usually for the integration of external content. For instance, the “Flash” plugin allows you to create a Flash application from WordPress, and if you don’t have Flash installed, you could create an application that allows users to search and browse through the WordPress contents directly on their browsers.
At first, WordPress is not quite as powerful as WordPress itself. But after a while, you will become familiar with the functions of this system and you will see how to use it in your blogs. In particular, the bookmarking system is very handy. In this system, the user can easily store links in the user’s bookmarks and use it later to find things that he missed while visiting the blog site.
Not all the “plugins” found in WordPress are built-in ones. There are a lot of other “plugins” that are available for those who want to customize their blog with more than just text content. If you have your own computer skills, you can set them up as long as you get some help from the WordPress manual or from the community forums, and can customize them according to your needs.
One thing that you should keep in mind about WordPress is that it is intended to be a blogging system that could get your website more visitors and more subscribers. There are already some cases where the content is not updated regularly, so if you want to make your blog more”professional” you might want to have a better RSS feed for WordPress.
The best advice that I can give you is that you should only go for WordPress if you are sure that it will satisfy your needs. But if you use WordPress as a system to supplement other blogging platforms, you can definitely create more attractive and useful websites and blogs.