What is WordPress?
So, you were wondering what WordPress is. Let’s find out.
OK, Wikipedia describes it best (?), so here – ‘WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. 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. Used by more than 60 million websites, including 30.6% of the top 10 million websites as of April 2018, WordPress is the most popular website management system in use. WordPress has also been used for other application domains such as pervasive display systems (PDS).’
You might still be thinking, Um ok, so what is WordPress?
Put simply, WordPress was originally used as a blogging platform, which after years of development (still ongoing really), allowed people, like me, to develop websites for personal use, as well as design, develop and build business websites – from a simple ‘this is me, this is what I do and I’m located here, so click here to contact me’, to a fully functioning eCommerce website allowing businesses to sell products and services online.
What WordPress allows any user to do, is almost limitless.
If you’re interested in setting up a ‘family’ website (for example), showing off some family photos you’ve posted on Instagram, and writing a blog post about work you’ve done on your house, or you may want to write about your holiday, it’s just so easy. Done right, you can set up affiliate links throughout your posts, advertise a friends’ business or use Google AdSense to earn revenue – even if it just pays for the website and hosting.
There are some drawbacks to operating a WordPress website.
Now, these drawbacks have nothing to do with WordPress itself. It has to do with people being cheap – paying for cheap hosting, using slow themes, as well as starting a project, thinking that it will be easy and the moment it seems too hard, people call it quits.
It’s not expensive to contact someone like me to help you through the initial setup phase. I can also teach you how to update your website themes and plugins, and guide you through to self management.
WordPress is not necessarily easy to navigate, but at the same time, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to manage your own WordPress website.
Given the popularity of the platform, its’ usage will only grow bigger, and the need for more WordPress Professionals will also increase. You never know, you too, may find it as interesting as I do, and make a pretty good living from working your own hours, building and maintaining websites for others
Any questions? Like usual, Contact Me.