Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What is WordPress?, part of WordPress 4 Essential Training.
- When I started using WordPress many years ago, it was a simple application that did one thing. WordPress made it easy to build and maintain a blog. Since then, the application has evolved to be so much more. So before we get too technical, it's important to find the answer to the question, what exactly is WordPress? To me, the question has two answers. First, at its core, WordPress is still a simple web publishing application. You download it, install it on a server, connect it to a database, and start publishing content on the web.
Once installed and configured, you can build pretty much any type of site you want with WordPress. A blog, a portfolio, a magazine, an e-commerce storefront, a community site, a business site, a forum, a social network, the possibilities are virtually endless. When people ask me what WordPress is, my answer is that WordPress is an interface between the publisher, a database, and the visitor. I want you to think of it the same way. WordPress is the tool you use to publish content on the web, and the tool your visitors use to access that content.
Much like a word processing application like Microsoft Word, lets you create and access documents, WordPress lets you create and access database entries. This also means, if you remove WordPress, the content still exists. In short, your site and your content is not WordPress. WordPress is just the interface to your site and your content. The application called WordPress, falls under the umbrella classification, CMS, or content management system.
There are many content management systems out there. Some like Drupal and Joomla!, are open source like WordPress. Others, like Sitecore and SharePoint, are proprietary and require special licenses. This brings us to the second part of the answer. WordPress is a community. What makes Wordpress special, is that it's a free open source application, built and maintained by the people who use it. You can download WordPress for free, use it for free, publish whatever you want with it for free, even contribute back to it, for free, or redistribute it, for free.
All of this is made possible by the GPL, or General Public License that WordPress is published under. And a key part of the GPL is that it's perpetual. Meaning Wordpress will remain free for as long as you use it. What I mean when I say, WordPress is a community, is that WordPress spans far beyond the application itself. When you start using Wordpress, you become part of the WordPress community, which is made up of people like you, and me. By using Wordpress, you are contributing to the community.
And if and when you're ready, you can begin contributing back to the community in other ways. Every year, there are thousands of WordPress events happening all over the world in the form of Meetups, WordCamps, and other community events. Every day, people like you and me write blog posts, submit designs and code, and teach others to use WordPress to publish their thoughts, ideas, and creations online. And every minute, new information is shared through WordPress, and made available to the world through the web.
So, the next time someone asks you, what WordPress is, you know that WordPress is whatever you want it to be.
Note: This course covers an older version of WordPress, which features the Classic Editor. Watch this course only if you are using the Classic Editor plugin or using WordPress 4.9 or earlier. Otherwise, watch WordPress 5 Essential Training, which covers the new Block Editor experience.
- Creating posts and pages
- Formatting text
- Publishing and scheduling posts
- Adding images, audio, and video
- Bulk editing posts and pages
- Customizing themes and menus
- Using widgets
- Extending WordPress with plugins
- Editing users profiles
- Configuring settings
- Getting new readers
- Keeping WordPress up to date and secure
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know WordPress
What is WordPress?3m 30s
2. Getting Started
3. Creating Posts
4. Adding Images and Media
5. Creating Pages
6. Managing Content
7. Changing the Appearance of Your Site
8. Extending WordPress with Plugins
9. Users and User Profiles
10. Configuring Settings
11. Getting, and Interacting with, Readers
12. WordPress: Behind the Curtain
13. Maintenance and Security
Keeping up to date6m 59s
14. Diving Further into the World of WordPress
Going further with WordPress2m 29s
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