What is WordPress? Basic Summary for Beginners
For an official explanation of WordPress, you can go to their website here.
There’s a lot of sites that explain WordPress, like….WPbeginner, WP101, and First Site Guide….they even provide you with videos and tutorials on how to get started with all of the different components.
But what if you’re just looking for the basic definition of WordPress?
That’s what this post is all about, explaining WordPress in the easiest of terms 🙂
WordPress is a Content Management System.
What’s a Content Management System aka CMS? Read my last post here that explains CMS’.
Back to WordPress, my best friend.
Personally, I think that WordPress is the the most powerful, user-friendly, easily customized platform out there right now.
WordPress started out as a blogging platform.
Don’t know what a blog is?
That’s okay. I explain it here.
But mainly, it’s a software, just like any other computer program you use.
Each software is made for different purposes, having different features.
(For my techy nerds out there, WordPress uses PHP & MySQL)
There’s two different kinds of WordPress.
There’s the .com version and the .org version.
What’s the difference?! Well…..a lot.
WordPress itself is free. FREE?! Yes free, the WordPress Software is an open-source project.
I know what you’re thinking…..“What the hell do you mean by that?!”
I mean that everything from the actually techy-stuff like coding….to the how-to tutorials, and everything in between was created BY the WordPress community….FOR the WordPress community. (this means that there is no company, or person that owns WordPress). There are people contributing to this INSANELY huge project…from all over the world. Literally.
Why is that cool?
Because….if you ever come across a problem, chances are that someone else has also come across the same problem, so there’s probably a solution already out there. And let’s be honest here, solutions are good. Solutions are so good.
So what if you can’t find a solution to your WordPress problem or you really just don’t have time/energy to research it?
Welllllll, remember when I said there’s WordPress genius’ working on it from all over the world….yeah……well, that means that there’s a bajillion people out there that have the ability to help you solve your WordPress problems. You just have to ask! There’s people that help can with just about any aspect like WordPress consultations, WordPress beginner training, techy-stuff projects, little tweaks, creating new functionality, modifying current functionality, doing updates….you name it, there’s support for it. I even offer some of those services myself! Check out my Services page here if you’re interested or curious.
Okay, so..back to the WordPress Software being free…
WordPress.com is totally free to have/update a blog…..but if you want to use WordPress on the web for business or other projects, there’s a catch. You’re restricted when you use the free version of the WordPress software (when it comes to designing and customizing it, especially). If you’re just starting out blogging…this would be a good starting point. It gives you a free way to test out the software/platform.
WordPress.org (aka Self-Hosted WordPress)……has the free user-friendly blogging platform system (ya know, the Content Management System that we all know and love) AND you also have free range of customizations. This means you can literally have your website look however you want. You can modify the WordPress Software to fit your EXACT needs, with the help of extra nerdy-coding stuff (aka themes, plug-in’s, scripts).
This choice sounds fantastic….but what’s the catch?
There’s just a small catch…. you have to pay to have it hosted, which is a small monthly charge.
I usually recommend SiteGround for WordPress hosting because they offer a free domain with your hosting package. SiteGround Hosting can be purchased here.
In a nutshell….
In the WordPress.com option, WordPress hosts your site but you have restrictions.
In the WordPress.org option, You host your site and you have full power over just about everything imaginable.
The WordPress software is as versatile as the internet comes. It can be used for blogging, business, web presence, portfolios, mobile applications, and just about everything else that your mind could ever dream of.