Wordpress is a Content Management System Software (open source) for Servers under the GPLv2 and Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Wordpress is a content management system. Theoretically, it should be able to publish all sorts of content to the web. However, its overall design better suits blogs. So, the system is better known as a free blogging service. Bloggers have much to be thankful for the system because of its high user interaction and great customization tools. The Wordpress community also shares several tips and tricks that could improve a user’s experience with the system.
Bloggers are more likely to be familiar with Wordpress. In fact, this content management system is more popularly known as a free blogging service though it can work for general CMS purposes. Wordpress is powered by PHP and MySQL and made more attractive by thousands of plug-ins and templates. It has a good visual content editor though the software is primarily used to publish text-rich sites. Still, the whole configuration of the system makes it more appropriate to publishing blogs instead of more visually-packed websites. The templates that are included are designed to accommodate more text and fewer graphics. Users can choose from several skins and plug-ins that can best represent what their blogs are all about. All they have to do is download the skin or plug-in and upload through FTP. They can access their chosen skin or plug-in through the administration panel. Wordpress, aside from being easy to customize, is also pretty secure. The CMS also paves the way for active user interaction. Other users can comment on one person’s blog. Several authors can also publish to the same blog.
The Wordpress interface is very user-friendly. Each step of creating the blog site is supported by instructions and options. The administration panel is similar to that of the email layout except with a few other functions and add-ons.
Wordpress has attracted a large community of bloggers. Each of these bloggers has learned their own tips and tricks along the way. They can choose to share what they have learned through the community forums found in the CMS’s official website. Wordpress developers themselves have also provided Getting Started Resources. Users who want to learn more advanced techniques will have to go through the forum topics to find a discussion that will interest them.
As a free blogging service, Wordpress is a near perfect tool. It presents user interaction, a user-friendly blog editor and administration panel and customization tools in the form of skins, themes and plug-ins. The content management system is also easy and fast to install. However, beyond being a blogging service, the system may not be able to offer much. Though the themes and skins can vary greatly in design, they are patterned after a general layout. So, the sites may not work as well for general purposes. There is also the fact that the system is not competent in terms of optimizing the site for search engines. The Wordpress source codes usually do not highlight important keywords that should drive people to the right blog site. The titles may be given enough emphasis but the rest of the content are not.