WordPress 101 : What Is WordPress?

All of our websites are built using WordPress, which means that long after we’ve built it, you’ll be able to update, edit, and customize your website, even if you don’t know the first thing about web design. To help you on your way, we thought it would be useful to explain what WordPress is, how it works, and how to use it. Welcome to WordPress 101.

What is WordPress?

WordPress provides a user-friendly interface for handling common or potentially fiddly tasks.

WordPress is a type of software known as a Content Management System (CMS) which is used to build and manage websites. Instead of running on your computer, it runs on a web server which is effectively a remote computer which can be accessed via the internet.

Though there are many ways of getting your files onto a web server and making them viewable to the public, it can still be confusing (or just too much work), for someone who just wants to put content online with having to learn to code. WordPress was built to solve this problem. It automates many of the processes involved, as well as providing a powerful and user-friendly interface for handling common or potentially fiddly tasks simply and intuitively. Nice!.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

Now that you know what WordPress is, you also need to know that there are two distinct versions of it. WordPress.com is a hosted service, which means that the web hosting, domain name registration and WordPress installation are handled for you. This extra convenience comes at the expense of some flexibility and power.

WordPress.org is a self-hosted service which means that you handle the hosting, domain name and WordPress installation yourself (or of course have us handle it for you). This extra flexibility and power comes at the expense of a slightly steeper learning curve.

An analysis of the pros and cons of the two options is (at least) an article unto itself, and whether the self-hosted version will be enough for you depends largely on what you’re looking to achieve. The main benefit of hosting your own WordPress is that you have much more freedom when it comes to monetization options and customizations.

Suffice it to say that whenever we refer to WordPress, we mean the more powerful WordPress.org variety.

WordPress Plugins

WordPress enables developers to build add-ons known as WordPress plugins, which add functionality to the core features

Because of the vast array of things people use WordPress for, there are times when it’s built in features aren’t enough. For these occasions, WordPress enables developers to build add-ons known as WordPress plugins, which add functionality to the core features.

Most plugins are available for free and can be easily installed, but beware, they can conflict with other plugins or simply be poorly written. Plugins can also make your site (much) more vulnerable to hacking attempts, and it is therefor recommended to minimize the use of plugins whenever possible.

After installing a plugin, be sure to check your site to make sure that everything is still running as expected.

Where do we come in?

SEoutsource specializes in doing keyword research and building websites. We find keywords with good potential and create the content around those keywords. However, customers must still take the final steps to make their projects successful (such as building backlinks and analyzing which content performs well). Because WordPress is so user-friendly we create all websites in WordPress, so it’ll be easy for you to make the final steps to a profitable business.

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