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Everything You Need to Know About WordPress

What is WordPress?
April 24, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About WordPress

Apr 24, 2021
Devyani Paliwal
Devyani is an ACJ graduate with a bachelors in English Literature. A voracious reader since her school days, cinema aficionado and music enthusiast, she has been doing content writing for some time now.

Not just businesses but even individuals such as those who are trying to establish themselves online, be it writers or artists or anyone else, need websites to build their brand. WordPress has made it easy for everybody to create their website and establish their digital presence. This article will help you understand the platform better. 

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) platform that helps people in building websites according to their preferences. The greatest feature of this platform, which makes it so easy to use is that coding knowledge is not required to create a website. 

It was introduced to the world way back in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Initially, it was just a simple platform that could be used by bloggers so that they could host their blogs on the internet. However, over the years the platform has developed a lot.

As many as 45% of the websites globally are powered by the CMS of WordPress - this is the hold it has over the internet worldwide. The whole thing takes like, 5 minutes to install and you’re good to go.

Why is WordPress Important?

We start with the fact that WordPress is open-source software. This means that the platform has no restrictions owing to any copyright or trademark, and it's free for everyone to download as well as modify. It will always be free for anyone to use, which is what makes it so popular globally. 

Further, since the platform is open-source, it has enabled a large and diverse community of enthusiasts to develop it regularly and only make it whenever they come together at WordCamps around the world. 

Now after having emphasized many times that it’s very easy to use, it doesn’t mean that it’s just for beginners. By this, we mean that it has something for everyone. As you work on your skills and your technical knowledge gets better, you can gradually improve your WordPress experience. There are no limits when it comes to this platform. 

What are its Uses?

On WordPress, the more you learn, the more you grow. There are many things that you can do with the platform. Some of the most popular things that are created using WordPress have been listed below:

  • News sites: WordPress works well when it comes to news articles and it has a lot of elements that make it easy to do blogging and cater to the needs of a news site.

  • Online portfolio: There are several themes available on the platform and if the right one is chosen, it can be used to create a stunning online portfolio. This can be used to highlight your achievements, showcase your work and attract new clients. 

  • E-commerce sites: For people running or planning on starting an online store, WordPress has a spectrum of tools that can be used to help in the process.

  • Affiliate websites: The platform is great for creating affiliate marketing websites or just monetizing any site, with the help of the many solutions it offers dedicated solely to this. 

  • Community Hubs: Forums can be easily created using the templates provided by the platform. Not just that, even fan sites, pages like wiki, and basically a digital space for like-minded people to gather.

  • Education websites: Online education is fast picking up speed and WordPress can help in the creation of educational websites that will help budding entrepreneurs to establish their presence in the digital space.  

These are but a few examples. Anything that your mind can conjure up, WordPress can help you in making it a reality with the help of its endless plugins and themes

Points To Remember When Using WordPress

A few things about WordPress that everyone should know about, be it a beginner or a professional, have been given below:

  • With the help of the plugins that the platform provides, numerous functions can be added to websites without the need for any coding. More than 45,000 free plugins are offered by WordPress and this doesn't even take into account the premium ones that can add even more value to websites. 

  • Even for those who don't want to become a developer, learning WordPress is a great advantage. Everyone can benefit from the platform since the tools that it offers can be extremely helpful in setting up online businesses and other things such as landing pages, forums, etc. Further, if you're just starting, knowing your way about WordPress, from setting up a theme and installing plugins and everything can help in getting started without spending tons of money. The platform is excellent for marketers as well as you can create landing pages and blogging sites to educate their target audience about their products and/or services.

  • Having a good knowledge of WordPress can also be a valuable addition to your CV, and you’ll be able to find and land jobs at places such as creative agencies and companies that are using the platform to power their website. 

  • For all those looking for something beyond a staple job, WordPress provides an excellent opportunity for freelancers as well. People can become WordPress specialists and help others set up their websites and customize them according to their preferences. Or coupled with the knowledge of coding, come up with customized websites that include back-end programming and create even more enhanced work that can do wonders for ones' business.

Conclusion

WordPress is one of those gifts that keep on giving and all you need to have is a vision and the creativity as well as discipline to make that vision a reality. The platform is the answer to every person out there who is toying with the idea of starting a blog, planning an online store, and so on. So start today and let your ideas see the light of day.

For more such content, don’t forget to check out Digital Ready’s Blog section. Further, go over the various digital marketing courses that we offer and take your first step towards becoming a digital marketer. 

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