Blogs are becoming the norm in today’s website designs. And when you hear of blogs, there are more chances of it being based on WordPress blogging and content management platform than any all the others. This article will briefly explain WordPress itself, how it became so popular, and the plug-ins that makes it the favourite amongst web designers and website owners.
A Brief history: WordPress, as you already know it, is a blogging platform that has taken the world by storm ever since it was first released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. It is an open source Content Management System (CMS), often used as a blog publishing application, powered by PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. Today, over 12% of the 1,000,000 biggest websites use WordPress design and that makes it the most popular CMS in use today.
The reason it became so popular today is the fact that it makes content management extremely easier compared to the traditional websites using HTML and CSS. That is, once installed (which is easy in itself), it is almost easy for anyone to update its contents as well as change the looks (using free or premium Themes) and feel of the site within minutes. All that is needed is to login and use the in-built text editor to add contents.
Aside from being able to update contents easier, WordPress also makes it easier for certain things to be done with a push of a button just by installing plug-ins. For example, with all the social media craze these days, every website owner wants their contents to be shared with the world (which means free traffic). To accomplish this, plug-ins such as ShareThis or OpenWire are used and once a visitor likes content, they can just click to share it with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, and what have you.
Basically, this is all there is to WordPress themes design: Website designers or owners visit WordPress.org, download and install the WordPress folder on the server. Then install all the necessary plug-ins (for SEO, social bookmarking, etc) and configure them. Once that is done, the website is ready to go and can now be easily designed to your requirements. In fact, there are plug-ins created to make WordPress blog update itself automatically without the need of human interaction.
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