What is WordPress
Let’s start form the beginning. WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. The script is in its roots more of a blog than a typical CMS. For a while now it’s been modernized and it got thousands of plugins, what made it more CMS-like.
You can download and view WordPress at : www.WordPress.org
- It is very easy to use, even for a user that has no knowledge of PHP or HTML, unlike Drupal, Joomla or Typo3. All you need to do is chose a plugin or template and click to install it.
- WordPress has a very large community. It is always useful to have a large group of people ready to support you in the forums or discussion boards.
- WordPress has a over a dozen thousand of plugins available on its website. They are the reason why wordpress is considered a CMS, not only a blogging script. The strong majority of the plugins is also for free.
- WordPress menu management has extended functionalities, that can be modified to include categories, pages, etc
- Using WordPress can enhance search engine rankings. This means that your site can show up on the first page of search results using Google or Yahoo provided relevant keywords are carefully embedded.
- Unfortunately making modifications, like for example removing a date field, requires knowledge of PHP.
- Likewise, making graphic modifications requires knowledge of HTML and CSS.
- WordPress requires many plugins to have the same CMS design capabilities as Drupal or Joomla. While these plugins are now available on the site, using too many can slow page load times. Before definitively deciding on using WordPress as your CMS tools consider the number of plugins you will need and how much this will affect overall functionality of the site.