WordPress is a software application designed for the creation of websites, content management and blogging. It’s open source, based online and uses PHP and MySQL. In order to work, it must be installed on a web server, which would either be part of an internet hosting service or a network host in its own right.
Using code isn’t required to create websites with WordPress. By installing this software on a web server, it’s simply required to log into your site using any browser. It’s then possible to create web pages using a simple editing tool. There are hosting companies that will install the software for you, such as WordPress.com.
The software has an ‘intuitive interface’ allowing the user to become skilled without difficulty. The inbuilt dashboard allows users to add posts, pages or categories, and change settings and themes very easily.
This is a popular application for hosting e-commerce websites. ‘WooCommerce’ is the e-commerce extension used for this purpose. To initiate this process, navigate to the ‘Dashboard’ and ‘Add New Plugin’. Search for WooCommerce and then install and activate it. Use the wizard to get started.
All posts and pages are visible by default. The visibility of web pages and blog content can be adjusted. The three options for visibility are, public, private and password protected. Blog posts and web pages can be hidden individually or the entire blog or website can be made private or password protected.
It’s possible to develop web pages and blogs, whilst being offline. This can be done with the official app or with third-party editors. The compatible offline editing tools are available for desktop or mobile, for Mac OS, Windows, Linux, IOS and Android.
WordPress.com provides e-mail forwarding. If full email hosting is required, another provider can be connected to your custom domain. This is done by setting up an email hosting account with your chosen email provider.
WordPress is highly tuned for the search engine optimisation of your website or blog. The code is clean and simple making it easy for search engines to read and index the content on the site. There are customisation controls for the SEO components of each page. In addition to these features, there are many plugins available to improve SEO.
The software is well designed for social media integration. It does not require the user to login to the social accounts separately. The website integrates with them seamlessly.
This application has a responsive design and enables websites to run equally well regardless of the device being used. No extra effort is required in the development of the sites.