What is WordPress?

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WordPress is the most popular self-hosted blogging software in use today.

I started using WordPress around 9 months ago, not knowing anything about it. As a computer science engineer you are needed to keep yourself updated with the latest technologies (or should I say programming languages) and I am very glad I stumbled upon it (shop theme here).

Though it can be compared to TypePad, Moveable Type, Google’s blogger, and the Apache Roller project as a user generated content workhorse, WordPress distinguishes itself with a broad array of hosting options, functional extensions (plugins), and aesthetic designs and elements (themes).

It is an open source project, licensed under GPL, and is built largely on top of the MySQL database and PHP programming language. Any server environment that supports that simple combination can run WordPress, making it remarkably portable as well as simple to install and operate.
Wordpress is a CMS (Content Management System), content management systems handle the creation, storage, retrieval, description os annotation, and publication or display of a variety of content types.

WordPress at it’s heart is a blogging system, and the end focus is on displaying content to the reader.

With the rise of self-publishing, low-cost web hosting and freely available core components like the MySQL database, blogging software followed the same trend as most other digital technologies, moving from high-end, high-cost products to widely available, low-cost consumer or “hobbyist” systems.
Wordpress isn’t simply about creating a blog so that you can have a digital library attached to your vanity URL; it has evolved into a full-fledged content management system used by individuals and enterprises alike.

As with other systems written in PHP, it is a self-contained in the sense that installation, configuration, operation, and administration tasks are all contained in PHP modules. WordPress’s popularity has been driven in part by it’s simplicity, with the phrase “five minute installation” making appearances in nearly every description or book about WordPress. Beyond getting to a first post, WordPress was designed to be extended.

As a content management system, the WordPress system definition doesn’t stop at time-serialized posts with comments.There are themes and plugins that extends WordPress into a functional social networking platform, allowing registered users to message and interact with each other, again with all content managed within the WordPress framework. Similarly, there are PHP-and MySQL based systems designed for forums (bulletin boards) that is distinct from WordPress but is commonly integrated with it.

On the other hand, because WordPress has been developed using a powerful set of Internet standard platforms, it can be tailored for a wide variety of applications. WordPress is the publishing mechanism underneath thousands of individual blog voices and the engine that powers high-volume, high profile sites such as CNN’s blogs.

You don’t need to be a system’s administrator, developer, HTML expert, or design aesthete to use WordPress. It was designed for anyone comfortable navigating a browser, but is accessible to web-designers as well.

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Authored By Aakanksha

Hi, I’m Aakanksha, a computer science engineer and the founder of TheTechPower. I help people make there online presence process easier by empowering them with clean, beautiful and easy to use wordpress themes.

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  1. Nag eswar says: Reply

    Great post , Thank you for sharing such an informative post keep posting.

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