WordPress is the application. WordPress.org is the website for the WordPress open-source project. WordPress.com is a commercial enterprise which sells access to WordPress as SaaS (software as a service).
- In this course we'll be working with WordPress the application. If you're working with WordPress.com, we have a dedicated Essential Training course for that service, which brings up a common confusion of terms that arises anytime we talk about WordPress. On the web you'll find two domains using the name WordPress: WordPress.org and WordPress.com. And when talking to people or reading about WordPress, these two domains and the name WordPress are often used interchangeably or haphazardly.
This is unfortunate but understandable so let's bring some clarity to the situation. When speaking about WordPress, we have to make a clear distinction between three different terms: WordPress, WordPress.org, and WordPress.com. WordPress is the application itself, a free, open-source, web-publishing application you can download and install on any server to publish content on the web. An example of the correct use of the term WordPress would be my new website is powered by WordPress.
WordPress.org is the website that hosts the WordPress open-source project. From this website you can download WordPress, the application, find the official documentation for the application in WordPress handbooks, get support through the forums, and get involved with the development of WordPress and its community through Make.WordPress.org. An example of the correct use of the term WordPress.org would be if you're having a problem with your new WordPress site, trying asking the question in the WordPress.org forums.
WordPress.com is a site offering WordPress as a SaaS or software as a service. WordPress.com offers free and paid hosting plans with various levels of features. You can build your own site on WordPress.com without finding a host and installing WordPress manually, but your site will be restricted by the platform and its rules. For example, getting your own domain name, installing certain plug-ins, and creating your own themes is restricted, and may only be available by paying a fee.
WordPress.com is a Wold Garden where you trade convenience for autonomy, which in some cases is the best option; and in other cases it's not. It all depends. An example of the correct use of the term WordPress.com would be I built my first blog on WordPress.com. Now I want to add functionality to it, so I'm moving to a self-hosted WordPress site. So there you have it. WordPress is the application, WordPress.org is where you get it, and WordPress.com is a service built on top of WordPress.
In this course we'll be working with WordPress the application. If you're working with WordPress.com, we have a dedicated Essential Training course for that service.
Note: This course covers WordPress 5. The training will be updated as WordPress evolves.
- Installing WordPress
- Creating posts and pages
- Formatting text
- Publishing and scheduling posts
- Adding images, audio, and video
- Bulk editing posts and pages
- Working with reusable blocks