The first article that I’ve decided to post will be about what WordPress is. If this name does not say anything to you, you are at the right address.
So what am I going to write about?
What is WordPress?
If we use a really simple formula, WordPress is software for publishing content on the Internet. You can use it to create a website or blog. Since its 2003 release, WordPress has gone a long way and has become one of the most popular platforms for publishing on the Internet, from a relatively simple tool designed for a few enthusiasts. It currently drives nearly 30% of all websites on the Internet, from simple personal blogs to the largest news sites.
Brief history of WordPress
WordPress was created in early 2003. Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little developed it as the successor of the existing b2 / cafelog blogging software.
Developers did not know yet that they will bring benefit to millions of users worldwide, create thousands of jobs, and feed the entire industry of developers, designers, writers, bloggers and publishers.
On May 27, 2003, the first version of WordPress 0.7 was available. The first version was well accepted by the community. It included a new Administrator interface, new templates and generated XHTML 1.1-compliant templates. In January 2004, WordPress was on version 1.
Strategic has become the year 2005, when WordPress 1.5 brought graphic themes, editing and modernizing static pages. The free WordPress.com hosting service has been launched to provide the user with the easiest way to blog. Subsequently, Automattic was established and in March 2006 officially registered the WordPress trademark.
WordPress has since gone through numerous improvements to make it easier to use. At the time of writing this article, WordPress version 4.9.1 is used.
6 Reasons Why to Choose WordPress
- WordPress is Open Source. This means that thousands of people around the world are constantly working to improve it. The best thing about it is that it’s totally FREE.
- It is flexible and extensible. A lot of add-ons and themes allow you to easily change the overall look of your website or even add new features (photo gallery, online store, list of recipients …).
- It is easy to use and learn. You can easily update and create your own content without learning to code.
- If you encounter problems or want to complete your own features, you can easily find support or someone who can help you. WordPress has tutorials, as well as developers and designers. Also a great place to get answers to questions is the official WordPress forum.
- WordPress is SEO – Friendly. This means that it contains the solid base of the tools you need to make your content optimized for search engines. SEO optimization is important for the visibility and success of your site.
- Thanks to a huge number of add-ons and pre-fabricated templates, launching a new website or eshop is possible very quickly and at a reasonable cost.
These points are only a part of what WordPress can do.
What can I use WordPress for?
Basically, in WordPress, you can make almost any website you can think of. Some types are more suitable, some less. The myth that WordPress is only used on blogging sites has long been broken and WordPress is fine to make the following types of pages:
- personal page
- corporate website
- presentation page
- advertising page
- page available only by member – membership website
- landing page
What to watch out for
In WordPress, as well as other software, you should take care of a few rules that are key to the long-term successful operation of the site.
Installing WordPress, plug-ins as well as templates needs to be maintained in updated versions that have fixed possible security holes.
The fewer plugins, the better. You can find a huge number of plugins on WordPress. Some of these are necessary for the template to function properly, but some plug-ins are often for various small features that can be manually programmed very quickly. Basically, the equation applies, the more active plugins, the slower and the less secure the site is. The slower the page, the more visitors leave it without reading the content.
If you need to assess or improve your existing WordPress-based website, we provide a WordPress cleaning and updating service.
At the end
I hope I’ve been able to explain a little about WordPress and if you have any questions, you can send it to the comment below.
You can make a truly decent, modern, and professional website, when you use WordPress correctly, by choosing right plug-ins as well as theme itself. Needless to forget, however, that creating a page does not end there. If the website should be successful, it must be handled and updated accordingly and the site will reward you with a regular supply of new customers, subscribers, visitors etc.
If you have questions or comments, you can put them in the comments below.