What is WordPress?


WordPress is an open-source as well as a free Content Management System (CMS) which relies on PHP and MySQL for its existence and continual operation. You install WordPress on a web server that either functions as a part of an internet hosting service or an independent network host. Concerning the first instance, it may be a service like WordPress.com . The second instance may be that a computer would be running the software package known as WordPress.org.

You could also use a local computer for the purpose of a single user’s learning and testing. The WordPress has among other features a plug in architecture and a template system. Meritorious it is that as at February 2017, above 27.5% of more than 10 million websites went for WordPress. WordPress has further been acclaimed to be the most popular website management or blogging system that bloggers as well as browsers use most on the web. Research revealed that WordPress supports more than 60 million websites.


There are so many themes available to WordPress users such that they can install and switch between several themes. With the help of themes, you can change the outlook and how your WordPress website works. This does not affect the core code or the content of the website. To function, every WordPress site requires a theme and it is advisable that every WordPress every theme is designed using the standards of WordPress, that is, it includes using structured PHP, Hyper Text Mark-up Language (HTML), and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). Available on the dashboard, you can also install themes using the WordPress “Appearance” administration device. You can also copy the theme folder into the themes directory using FTP.


The function of the WordPress Plugin architecture is to enhance your space of extending the

features as well as the functionality of the blog you run. It has been revealed that WordPress has over 50,316 plugins. Each plugin has readily available custom features as well as functions that enable you to shape your website to your specific desires. The customisations vary from search engine optimisation (SEO) , to client portals which are used to display private details to users who have logged into the website.


For mobile devices like Windows, Android, Blackberry, WebOs, iOs (iPhone, iPod, iTouch, iPad) native apps are usually available. These application tables before you a limited et of options like, adding new blog posts and pages, posting comments, overseeing the comments posted by visitors, replying to comments and also view the statistics of activities going on on the website.

Other Features

WordPress adds some other features like integrated link management, a search engine, an option to assign several categories to posts and a support that enables you to tag posts. There are also automatic filters that provide you with standardised formatting and styling of the texts you want to post. For example, it enables you to convert regular or smart quotes. The Trackback cum Pingback standards are also supported by WordPress. Those two help in displaying links other websites that are linked to a post.

Using HTML, you can edit your WordPress posts with the help of visual editor. You can also go for the option of utilising plugins that allow for many other customised editing features.