An introduction to WordPress

Why WordPress?

WordPress
Image source: WordPress.org

  • Today, there are more WordPress developers than web developers, and the irony is most of the small startups do not know the difference and they pay the developers huge money for building WordPress sites. 
  • There are more than 1 billion websites in internet out of which More than 80 million websites are built using WordPress
  • There are 50 thousand WordPress plugins to support WordPress
  • WordPress constitutes around 6% of active websites in internet
  • Some of the popular websites built using WordPress are
New York times
Forbes
Sony music
Mtv news

  • What is WordPress?
WordPress is a popular free and open source content management system(CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It was founded on may 27, 2003.

  • Why should you learn WordPress?
Because WordPress developers are in demand.
WordPress developer salary
WordPress developer salary from payscale

  • Is WordPress easy to learn? What skills should i know to learn WordPress.
WordPress is easy to learn, knowing html,css and php can act as a plus, but it's not mandatory.



  • Why websites are still coded when WordPress and other CMS exist?
This is the most asked question, yes quality websites can be built using WordPress, but it is difficult or impossible to build functional websites using WordPress alone. 
Eg: search engine, analysis etc..

  • Is WordPress free?
Yes, it's free. 
WordPress has two versions
  1. WordPress.com
Free sub domain and hosting

Eg: www.f.wordpress.com
Every site built with WordPress.com are appended by WordPress.com as its a subdomain of WordPress.com

2. WordPress.org

You can buy a domain and hosting and build the site using WordPress for free

User interface in WordPress.org is slightly different than the one in WordPress.com


  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using WordPress?
Advantages

  1. No coding skills required
  2. Large number of plugins
  3. Support
  4. Large number of free templates
  5. Ease of operation
Disadvantages
  1. Knowledge of php is required to customize the templates
  2. Tough or impossible to build functional sites for free
  3. Not really secure
  4. Frequent updates

Upcoming chapter: How to build a simple site using WordPress?

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