WordPress is a content management system (Content Management System, or CMS) focused to blogs creation (web sites updated regularly). Developed in PHP and MySQL, under GPL and modified code, is founder Matt Mullenweg. WordPress was created from b2/cafelog disappeared and has become next to Movable Type CMS more popular in the blogosphere and in the more popular regarding any other generally applicable CMS. The causes of its enormous growth are, among others, its license, its ease of use and its features as content manager.
Another reason to consider about your success and expansion, is the huge community of developers and designers, who are responsible for the general develop or create plugins and themes for the community, being used as of August 2011 for 14.7% of all existing sites on the Internet.
WordPress was born of the desire to build a personal publishing system, smart and with a good architecture (“Code is poetry”). Based on PHP, MySQL and licensed under GPL, WordPress puts emphasis on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
First of all, it is configured to use a blog or weblog by site or facility, but it is also possible to have multiple with multiple or a single database from version 3.0.7.
- WordPress, in principle, is a web publishing system based on entries by date, among many other possibilities besides static pages.
- The structure and visual design of the site depends on a template system, independent of the content itself.
- WordPress philosophy is firmly committed to elegance, simplicity and W3C recommendations but always depends on the template to use. “TwentyTen” for example is a template that is “standard” and is valid as (X)HTML Transitional and CSS.
- Separate content and design in XHTML and CSS, though, as said, depends on the template you are using. However, the code tries to generate entries (“posts”) commitment forcing this feature -if you choose- a marked correct.
- The management and implementation is the responsibility of the management system with plugins and widgets that use templates.
- Easy installation, upgrade and customization.
- Automatic update system implemented in version 2.7.
- Multiple authors or users with their roles or profiles that establish different permission levels (since version 2.0).
- Multiple Bloggs an binnacle (since version 1.6).
- Ability to create static pages (from version 1.5).
- Lets you sort items and static pages into categories, subcategories and labels (“tags”).
- Four states for an input (“post”): Published, Draft, awaiting review (new in WordPress 2.3) and Private (registered users only) plus one additional: Password protected.
- Editor WYSIWYG “What You See Is What You Get” in English, “what you see is what you get” (since version 2.0).
- Posted via email.
- Import from Blogger, Blogware, Dotclear, Greymatter, Livejournal, Typepad and Movable Type, Textpattern and from any RSS feed. Work is to import from and Nucleus pMachine plus imports through scripts or database directly.
- Time Auto Save of Draft Article (Beginning with version 2.2).
- Allows comments and blogs communication tools (Trackback, Pingback, etc).
- Allows “permalinks” (permalinks and easy to remember) by mod_rewrite.
- Distribution of items using RDF, RSS 0.92, RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0.
- Distribution of discussions (through RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0).
- Management and distribution links.
- Uploading and managing attachments and multimedia files.
- Support “Plugins” (version 1.5).
- Templates support and “Widgets” for them.
- Integrated search.
- Integration with forums.
WordPress supports one blog per installation, but it is easy to manage and configure multiple blogs from a single installation. Feature implemented in the core of WordPress since version 3.0.
The templates (themes) of WordPress are design templates that are used to set the appearance and structure of your blog.
There is a great official community, both professional users, dedicated to the design of these templates that are listing in the WordPress site once they have been officially approved and tested.
Although the philosophy of a strong commitment WordPress valid according W3C guidelines, the possibilities of this system, both in terms of design, structure or management, and the flexibility of the system and widgets specific template, are huge and have practically allow from a simple blog to a custom CMS.
WordPress Widgets incorporates a system for their staff since version 2.2 which offers numerous possibilities and flexibility to the design and structure of their blogs. Although extremely useful, not all templates support it.
There are a huge number of plugins that enhance the use of WordPress beyond a simple blog and make it a flexible and general purpose almost. WordPress plugins were added in version 1.6.
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