WordPress (WordPress.org) is a CMS ( Content Management System – Manages the creation and modification of digital content). It allows you to build a good looking website very quickly, update and edit it without knowing how to code. WordPress has a massive plugin and theme ecosystem which allows you to build great looking sites with just a few clicks. It also adds powerful functionalities like logging systems, contacts forms, and even a whole e-commerce site just by installing a few plugins.
It is based on PHP that is usually used with the MySQL or MariaDB database servers but can also use the SQLite database engine. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores. It is used by more than 60 million websites, including 33.6% of the top 10 million websites. As of April 2019, It is the most popular website management system in use. It has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).
“WordPress is a factory that makes webpages” is a core analogy designed to clarify the functions of WordPress. It stores content and enables a user to create and publish webpages. WordPress requires nothing beyond a domain and a hosting service. It has a web template system using a template processor.
WordPress was originally developed for blogging and allowed people to add new blog posts, change the style of their blog without any knowledge of HTML or CSS. Since then it has become into a whole website development tool and now powers an astonishing 25% of all websites.
Some key benefits of using WordPress for your website development are:
- It is free.
- Easy to use.
- There is huge amount of support available online.
- You can make great looking sites that your clients can make and update themselves.
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