What are the chances that you have come across the term “WordPress” at one point or the other? You may have come across it but you have no idea what it is or what it is used for. I will explain briefly frequently Asked Questions about WordPress. So, What is WordPress?
So, What is WordPress really?
To the lay man, WordPress is an easy and powerful website tool that can be used to create a website or blog. As a matter of fact, WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world today. It is currently used by tens of millions of sites. So, if you’re thing of Starting a Blog or website then continue reading.
Is WordPress a Blogging Tool?
WordPress started as a blogging tool in 2003 but it has grown beyond being just a blogging tool. So, you will not be mistaken if you refer to it as a “Website tool”. That is because it can be used to build all manner of websites that you can think of. Be it a blog, corporate website, forum or even an online store. Popular sites such as CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, LinkedIn Blog and BBC America were built on WordPress. You can checkout the WordPress Showcase to see popular websites that were built on WordPress.
How does it work?
WordPress is a Content Management Systems or a CMS. As the name implies, it is a software that is used to manage content on a website.
In Web Designing, there’s what we call HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a language that makes use of tags to design web pages. It is used to format web texts, display images and many other functions.
A web browser usually reads a HTML instruction and displays the web page the best way it understands the instruction.
The problem with creating a site with HTML independently is that every time you want to make changes to your website or its content, you have to go to the source code, thereby risking messing things up. That’s where WordPress CMS comes in.
WordPress allows you to install it on a server in a few minutes and when you’re done, you can login and create content without having to do any form of programming. That is because the programmers who came up with WordPress have already done that for you using popular scripting language PHP and Mysql database.
Is WordPress Free?
WordPress is totally free. It is an open source software created with the sole aim of making life easy for you. All you have to do is go to www.wordpress.org and download a version of WordPress and install away. Better still and preferably, you can install WordPress directly in your Hosting Cpanel without having to download it.
What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?
Good question. This has got so many people confused and I will help in clearing the air.
While with WordPress.com, WordPress handles the hosting for you. Meaning, you don’t have to pay for hosting. Also, you don’t have to go through the stress of managing the blog because WordPress does all that for you.
However, with WordPress.org, you have to host the blog by yourself by finding a hosting provider and pay them some money to host it for you.
There are pros and cons in using either of them and I will go deep in subsequent articles.
Do you need WordPress?
If you have little or no programming skills and you’re looking for an easy to use tool to setup a blog or website then look no further, WordPress if for people like you. Even hardened Web programmers the world over have embraced WordPress like their lives depends on it. You shouldn’t be an exception.
Where can I Host a WordPress Site?
Because WordPress was built with popular web tools such as PHP and MySql, it means that most Web Hosting companies who use the Unix/Linux platforms will be able to handle your WordPress site. However, there are things you need to consider when choosing a hosting company for WordPress. There are hosting companies whose sole aim is to provide everything you need for the smooth running of your WordPress blog or website and invariably provide WordPress support when you request it. To that end, I will suggest HostGator. They are one of the largest hosting companies that specialize in WordPress. So, you will be in good hands.
I hope this article has helped in no small measure in making you understand what WordPress really is.
Author: Afam Orji
Afam Orji is the founder & Owner of Internetvisa. An IT specialist and blogger with over 10 years of experience. He has a degree in IT & BIS from the Middlesex University, Mauritius.