WordPress can be very complex and we believe in breaking through all of that techno-babble to help you understand how it works. The following page is all about explaining some of the ins-and-outs of WordPress. We hope the information provided helps you understand better and suggest that you come to one of our lectures to get even more information.
The Two Faces of WordPress
There are actually two types of WordPress. Most people don’t understand this, and so we thought it best to describe the two versions. Our company offers design and support for both types.
WordPress.com – This is the “Free Version of WordPress” and is fully hosted on the WordPress.com servers. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to have a website, then this is a great resource. They offer you the basic design software at no cost. It has minimal features and you are reliant on their services for everything, but if that’s all you can afford then this works well. They do allow you to Buy a Domain Name from them as well as offering other Paid Features also. One example of a “buy up” is paying them a yearly fee so that ADS don’t run through your site. With WordPress.com, our company does the basic design and layout for our clients and then teach them how to use it.
WordPress.org – This is the “Full Featured Software Version” of WordPress. The software itself is free to download and then must be configured to run on a web server. By using this version, you have the opportunity to get powerful design themes and tons of really neat features (or plug-ins) installed into your site. The majority of WordPress sites we design are done using this method because we can literally put almost anything the client wants into the site! It is very powerful!
The Three Parts of WordPress.org
Visualizing how WordPress.org works so that you can build just the right website is the way we like to focus our clients. Learning how the platform works is essential to understanding what you will get with this type of website.
WordPress Software – This software is free to download and is regularly updated by the WordPress team. It is the basic platform that all WordPress.org websites sit on and is the foundation of how these sites work. The software is “Open Source” which allows developers to put in their own personal touches to it and also submit those changes to be added into the platform itself. So, the software grows and grows!
Design Themes – The next level of WordPress is all about design templates. The basic software comes with some standard design themes and there are also lots of free templates available on the market. Realistically though, purchasing a design theme from a reputable company that has spent the time to design into it all sorts of special features and functions is the way to go. These companies are also responsible to update their software too as issues arise over time. There are tons of very neat design themes available!
Plug-Ins, Plug-Ins, Plug-Ins – If you want to add a fancy feature to your WordPress website, then there is probably a plug-in out there that does it. As open source software, developers from all over the world have been adding their own features to it and thousands are available on the WordPress market (known as the Codex) where they can be downloaded for free or purchased. This includes things like Social Media, Online Calendars, Search Boxes, Form Handlers, etc… etc… etc… The options are truly unlimited!
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