WordPress is an open-source content management system (CRM) that powers millions of websites around the world. It was first developed in 2003 and has been constantly updated by a team of developers located around the world. The WordPress platform currently powers roughly 30% of the entire web.
If you are new to WordPress, we recommend that you begin with the following:
- New To WordPress – Where to Start
- First Steps With WordPress or Upgrading WordPress Extended
- WordPress Lessons
Is WordPress Free?
Yes. WordPress is licensed under what is known as a General Public License (GNU). This simply means that the software is open source, which allows anyone to contribute as well as redistribute the original source code for no charge.
Why Should You Use WordPress?
WordPress offers ultimate control over every aspect of your website. Whether you’re creating a simple blog, or a complex membership site, WordPress is more than able to handle your needs. In addition, with WordPress you have full ownership over all of your designs and content, which is not the case with many remotely hosted website providers. WordPress sites are also extremely easy to manage because you have a simple interface that allows you to make changes to your website in the same way that you might use a word processor. Not to mention the huge pool of resources and contractors available to help if you get stuck!
How do I install WordPress?
WordPress can be installed manually using their famous 5-minute installation process, but most hosting companies make this much easier. Most shared hosting plans feature 1-click installation from your main account page or cPanel.
What are Some of the Features of WordPress?
The full feature list for WordPress is quite exhaustive and is constantly changing. You can always view a current list of the major features that are included in WordPress by clicking here.
Is it Possible to Move my website from WordPress.com to another web host?
Absolutely! Some people do not realize that your WordPress site doesn’t have to be hosted with WordPress.com. In fact, all the major web hosts offer simple one click installations so that you can literally install WordPress on your domain in a matter of minutes, even if you have very little technical experience.
Do I Need to Know HTML or PHP to Use WordPress?
No. WordPress was built to be used by the masses. While in certain instances it may be advantageous to know PHP, it is most definitely not a requirement to setup a basic website.
What are Themes?
Themes represent the actual styling and layout of your WordPress site. There are literally thousands of themes, some of which are free, and some of which cost a small amount of money, but can allow you to create a highly professional website with very little custom coding.
What are WordPress Plugins?
Another one of the biggest benefits of WordPress is the access to thousands of high quality plugins that can allow web site owners to instantly add all sorts of functionality to their websites. These plugins provide all sorts of added features such as the ability to connect to email marketing providers, as well as the ability to turn your WordPress site into a fully functional e-commerce store. While these are just a few examples of WordPress plugins, they should show you the versatility of this platform.
Is WordPress Customizable?
Absolutely! By using WordPress themes and plugins, you can customize your website so that it conveys your brand image. You can fully customize the layout as well as colors, images, content and much more.
Is WordPress Secure?
Yes. Open source developers are constantly working to ensure WordPress is as secure as possible. If any security issues are found, developers quickly release WordPress updates which can be downloaded and installed automatically from the WordPress dashboard.
WordPress plugins are also constantly updated to add additional features as well as to plug up any security vulnerabilities that may have been found. In addition, there are specific WordPress security plugins that are designed to protect your website from malware attacks and malicious logins.
Are WordPress plugins free?
WordPress offers a wide variety of free plugins that can be downloaded from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory and installed onto your website. Most plugins offer a premium, or paid, version that provides additional services and enables access to a full support team.
Are WordPress themes free?
Similar to plugins, the WordPress.org Theme Directory offers a vast selection of free themes that may be downloaded to customize your website. While there are benefits to purchasing a theme, WordPress’ free themes often provide great functionality and professional design feel.
Are WordPress websites free?
Using the WordPress software is free; however, there are minimum costs for using WordPress for websites. WordPress users must pay a small fee for web hosting services. Sites can also be professionally designed by paid web developers.
Are WordPress sites responsive?
You can design your WordPress site to be responsive which automatically adjusts it to fit any mobile screen. Many WordPress themes are often designed to conveniently make your WordPress site responsive; similarly, there are many plugins that are mobile-optimized.
Can WordPress be used for ecommerce?
WordPress is a popular platform for users looking to build an ecommerce-based website. WordPress users can install plugins that integrates the online shopping feature into their site, such as the widely used WooCommerce plugin.
A few examples of site that use woo.
Can WordPress be used offline?
WordPress can be installed and used offline to enable WordPress users to make changes and download features into their site via a local server. However, this will require downloading additional software to recreate the local development environment on your computer.
Can WordPress handle heavy traffic?
The amount of traffic that WordPress can handle varies with the web host and your WordPress installation such as plugins and themes. Typically, VPS (virtual private server) is built to manage heavy traffic better than a cheaper alternative of shared hosting.
Can a WordPress site be private?
Your WordPress site pages and posts can be made private by adjusting the visibility. In the post or page editor screen, the Publish bar lists “Status,” “Visibility,” “Revisions” (for Pages) and “Published on.” Edit the “Visibility” option and set it to “Private.” Now your private WordPress content can only be viewed by you or authorized visitors.
Can WordPress sites be hacked?
Because WordPress is the most widely used CMS, this unfortunately makes it an easy target for hackers. WordPress sites can commonly be hacked if WordPress users do not regularly update their software, themes and plugins, or take basic security measures to protect their website. We recomend several security plugins such as Wordfence, Sucuri
How does WordPress work?
WordPress operates with two open-source components: PHP and mySQL. PHP is a popular, server-side scripting language that enables users to develop dynamic websites and sort information into HTML. MySQL is a widely used database management system. Both components are used to create WordPress’ user-friendly interface and functionality.
How do WordPress plugins work?
WordPress plugins are pre-written blocks of code that are installed directly onto your WordPress site to add more functionality. Plugins can create front-end features, such as adding a social media feed to your home page, or also run internally, such as improving your site’s SEO.
How does WordPress search works?
After the 2013 update, WordPress search lists results by relevance. From most to least relevant, the results are listed: the user’s search query matches a full sentence in a post’s title, all search keywords in a post’s title, any (not all) keywords in a post’s title, and lastly, a full sentence in the post’s content.
How does WordPress make money?
Because WordPress is a non-profit organization licensed under GPL, its source of revenue is primarily through donations made by individual WordPress users and companies that employ WordPress software for corporate use. If your site is hosted by paid service providers, these companies probably make regular contributions to WordPress Foundation.
What are WordPress themes?
A WordPress theme is a pre-arranged collection of templates and stylesheets that create the front-end interface of your WordPress site. WordPress themes have preset selections on font, colors, page templates, and other stylistic elements of the website.
What WordPress theme is a site using?
There are many websites that allow WordPress users to paste the URL of the site they are inquiring about; tools like IsItWP or What WordPress Theme Is That? reveal information about a site’s WordPress themes and plugins. You can also check the source code by right-clicking on a site and selecting “View Page Source.” At the top of the HTML document, there is a URL to the CSS ‘stylesheet’ which contains information about the site theme.
What WordPress plugins is a site using?
There are many free websites that are excellent tools for revealing what plugins are implemented into a WordPress site. Similar to determining what WordPress theme a site is using, you can also search through the site’s source code and search for plugin directories or HTML comments that indicate use of a WordPress plugin.
What WordPress version am I using?
You can check what version of WordPress software you have by checking the bottom right corner of your WordPress site’s admin page. If it does not appear, another options is to check the site’s source code and search for the ‘generator’ tag or the admin log-in page’s source code and search for the keyword ‘ver=’.
When was WordPress originally developed?
The first version of the WordPress software was released on May 27, 2003 by Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg. The co-founders officially created WordPress after Mullenweg forked the discontinued, original b2/cafelog blogging system and created a new branch that, after over a thousand commits, was officially published under the name “WordPress.”