WordPress is a beautiful content management system; it is an open source blogging tool and a semantic publishing platform that works on the MySQL and the PHP systems. It was founded by Matt Mullenweq and Mike Little on May 27th, 2003. This is web software that one can use to create fabulous blogs and websites. Though it is free software, the manufacturers have advertised it as a paradox ‘free and priceless at the same time.’
The core software is developed by a community of volunteers, having hundreds of members. It works on a web template system and uses a template processor. One can choose from thousands of plugins and themes, which help change your site into something almost unimaginable. There are many easy to use, freely distributed, fast, standards compliant, light and extremely customizable features which make your publishing experience unique and exciting.
Features of Templates:
The in the following are some of the features of WordPress:
a) Themes: Themes are specific content and image; ‘home’ page designs to suit customer needs, customers can install and switch between themes that allow users to change the looks and applicability of a website or blog. They are installed using the appearance administrator function and can be uploaded via FTP, HTML, CSS and PHP softwares. These themes are in the form of templates, some of which are free, as well as some are paid for. Users are urged to create and customize their own themes or templates, using their own knowledge and skills.
b) Plugins: are custom features and functions which enable users to tailor-make their sites as per their specific needs. WordPress has a plugin database of over 30,000 plugins. The customizations vary from SEO to client portals. They are used to display private information in the form of widgets and navigation bars to users who are logged in.
c) Integrated Link Management: it is a search engine friendly and permanent link based structure, it can assign multiple categories to articles and supports the tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters are also provided with standard formatting and styling of texts. WordPress also supports Trackback and Pingback functions for displaying links to other sites.
d) Multi-user and Multi blogging Interphase: WordPressMultiuseror WordPressMU was created to allow multiple blogs on one installation, which is administered by a central maintainer. People with their own websites can host their own blogging communities and control & monitor all blogs from a single dashboard. The MU adds eight new tables per blog.
WordPress on Mobile:
WordPress is available on Android, WebOS and iOS platforms, and that can be used on the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad, the Windows phone and the Blackberry. A company designs these called the Automattic, and it allows a limited set of options, like viewing stats, commenting & moderating, replying, new blog posting and adding new pages.
Explore – Responsive WordPress. Explore has been designed for general use. It is a great professional theme, which is easy to use for different types of websites; for business or personal needs. It has a wide boxed layout, pre-defined background patterns and solid colours.
Justness – Responsive Lawyer Theme. It is specially made for lawyers, attorneys and law companies. It works well on handheld devices and is SEO optimized.
iCreative – Responsive Multipurpose Theme. It is designed for businesses i.e. agency, online store, portfolio, photography and blog websites.
Some of the other Premium Templates are Kakileema, Byron, Fatima and Fotox, etc.
As such WordPress is a versatile and user-friendly online content management system.