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What is WordPress and How Does it Work

WordPress is one of the most popular tools in the word for creating a website. Created in 2003 and was initially made for blogging but over time has evolved to a CMS system (Content Management System) that works to create any type of website or blog. Thanks to its flexibility and the fact that it is open source software, has become the most powerful and easy to use tool for creating page or blog. WordPress is available in its full version (WordPress.org) as a downloadable software that is installed on a domain with its own accommodation. It is also based on a much more limited Web (WordPress.com) version.

What Can I Use WordPress For?

The platform works to create any type of website. Although it is a little more focused on blogs, you can also create:

  • Corporate pages
  • Virtual stores (e-commerce)
  • Capture pages
  • Card Sale
  • Websites more “static” or traditional
  • Much more
WordPress Components

The 3 most important components of WordPress that allow it to be such a powerful tool are:

  • Plugins
  • Themes
  • Widgets

Plugins: Plugins are add-ons (software) that enhance the capabilities and possibilities of WordPress to unimaginable limits. The plugins are used to improve WordPress in different areas such as marketing, social networking, security, SEO, Web design, content, Web traffic, etc. Plugins are certainly one of the most important pillars of WordPress and operation.

Themes: Themes are templates used in WordPress to change the appearance and design of the site. There are countless free themes and “premium” (pay) to help adapt WordPress to every need and type of Web page. It is best to invest in a theme of “premium” as it offers many more possibilities for design and customization.

The premium themes that we recommend are:

  • Woothemes
  • StudioPress
  • TemplateMonster
  • ThemeForest

You can also use a free theme, but as have the possibilities to change any of the options above.

Widgets: Widgets are small pieces of information that are used in Sidebars WordPress. They help give the user greater control over the design and content of your website or blog.

Widgets can be expanded and used differently depending on the subject and plugins to be installed. For example, a plug-in email marketing could include a widget to place it in the sidebar and thus show subscription.

wordpress custom widget area

As we saw, the widgets can be used in the sidebar but some themes allow use custom widgets in Footer in the header or even use them to build a home page with different sections as in GateVOG.

Why WordPress?

WordPress offers many advantages, among which are:

  • It is very easy to learn and use and is available to any user
  • No technical skills are required, programming or Web design to create a Web site
  • Maintenance can do the same user
  • Installation and setup in minutes
  • Friendly search engines
  • Many design possibilities
  • It fits any type of need on the Web

No need to spend thousands of dollars on a programmer or designer. All you need to start using the platform is a web hosting account and a domain (approximately $ 25 to 50 USD).

How Do You Own or Manage WordPress?

Everything is done from the “Desktop” or main Dashboard, which have to handle all the different areas of your website and WordPress.

Below you will see an image and its main components:

how to get to wordpress dashboard

WordPress Dashboard Home Page

Desktop: It is the main Desktop window where you will see a summary of the entries posted, recent comments world news WordPress, write a quick post and more. You can handle things that appear on this at the top where “Display Options”.

Updates: All you have to update WordPress themes and plugins can see it here.

Post: This is where you add and edit new entries (or posts). If you are creating a blog, you’ll spend a lot of time in this section.

Media: Adds a new image, document or video.

Pages: In this section you add more static pages that do not have published such posts. They are widely used to create corporate, business or sales sites.

Comments: Manages the comments section including editing, approval, spam and trash.

Image: In the image you can see that “GateVOG” is the theme we are using the WordPress image says. There appear theme options you’re using to modify aspects of design, typography, structure and more.

Appearance: You can edit and install new themes, change the code or CSS to improve the design, change the header and background of your site. Also you find the Widgets section.

Plugins: Install new plugins, and check that you already have installed, delete do not need or you can also edit the code if necessary.

Users: Add new users, edit your profile and manages the different profiles of people who have access to your content.

Tools: Check the available tools (some come with plugins) and also import or export configuration items or documents on other platforms like Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr or WordPress.com.

Settings: Basic configuration of the site, writing, reading, comments, media and permanent links.

As you can see, the desktop or WordPress Dashboard is like a software that anyone with basic computer knowledge can use and manage without any problems.