Context: If you’re already using a WordPress site, it’s unlikely that you’ll find a lot of new information here. This is for anyone considering WordPress or just getting started with the platform. This is written for folks using WordPress rather than developers or designers creating pieces of the site.
Yeah, we’re starting here.
WordPress is a CMS, or Content Management System, that was established in around 2001. WordPress is used to build a “website,” however that’s defined by you. A website can be a simple collection of pages, a chronological blog (defined below), a forum site, a single-page, or anything else. If built correctly, WordPress can create almost any kind of site that you can imagine. It is only limited by your creativity (and your developers acuity).
There are two flavors of WordPress, each with its own capabilities:
There are a lot of similarities between the two, particularly in the back-end (or Dashboard), so a lot of this documentation will be helpful to both types of users.
“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other websites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author’s daily life and thoughts.
Generally speaking (although there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:
Some blogs may have additional features beyond these. Watch this short video for a simple explanation of what a blog is.
Content is the raison d’être for any web site. Retail sites feature a catalog of products. University sites contain information about their campuses, curriculum, and faculty. News sites show the latest news stories. For a personal blog, you might have a bunch of observations, or reviews. Without some sort of updated content, there is little reason to visit a web site more than once.
On a blog, the content consists of articles (also sometimes called “posts” or “entries”) that the author(s) writes. Some blogs have multiple authors, each writing his/her own articles. Typically, blog authors compose their articles in a web-based interface, built into the blogging system itself. Some blogging systems also support the ability to use stand-alone “weblog client” software, which allows authors to write articles offline and upload them at a later time.No child pages found!