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Getting Started: What is wordpress?

The website above was done with Wordpress. Its an e-commerce website, with product listing, payment gateway integration and all other things that makes a website e-commerce, in addition it offers easy to use admin end for the owner to edit, upload and see orders. If i was to create this (by this i mean something similar) with php (want to know more about php? i have some tutorials on it, click here), it would have no doubt taken me more than 2 weeks, and then i have to worry about security, updates, edits to top it all, i will need to create admin easy to use interface for the owner to be able to upload products, edit product, delete etc and see orders.

Do you see my point? (if you don't understand this line of thought, read the previous post - click here.)

What is wordpress?

WordPress started in 2003 and is now the largest self-hosted blogging tool and is used on, literally, millions of sites worldwide.

WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. It’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

Since WordPress is open source, it’s free. That’s always a bonus. And because it’s open source, it also has a thriving community of developers constantly improving the software and creating plugins to expand the software. WordPress lets you create pages (stand-alone content) and posts (time-driven content) to build out the content of your site. And you can also easily manage your site’s look and feel with themes.

WordPress is highly customizable, and has literally thousands of plugin pieces of software so you can use your site for just about anything.

You might have to do a little "googling" to understand every term, but basically, this is a summary of what wordpress is.

There are two things you should also note, wordpress.com and wordpress.org with wordpress.com, you don't have freedom of hosting, meaning your website is hosted by "wordpress", with wordpress.org, you decide on your hosting, this is where you will find the download-able version of wordpress. (click here for more).

In the next post, we are going to talk about installing wordpress both locally and online, we will also deal with hosting, domain name etc.

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