What is WordPress?

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WordPress is changing the era of web development. Anyone can build a website without any coding knowledge today. You can also add any kind of functionalities in your website by WordPress. What is WordPress?

Let’s explore detail information about WordPress history, system & other basic information…

How a website works

Before you start with WP, you need to know how a website works basically.

A Website is a thing that builds with a lot of codes like HTML, CSS, Java-Script, PHP. Our browser can read the codes and web developers can also read the codes.

When you search something by your browser, it will show you the relevant codes of your search terms with a visual mode, by this basic process normally a website works.

So if you want to build a website you must need to write some code and upload it with Domain and Hosting.

WordPress History shortly

In this section of the article, I am going to tell you what is WordPress history. So let’s dive into the deep.

WP codex says, in 2001 a french programmer named Michel Valdrighi launched a blogging tool called b2 cafelog. Valdrighi stopped developing b2 cafelog in 2002.

Then in 2003 two freshmen named Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little launched the first version of WordPress.

Step by step WP introduces so many features, plugins, widgets, and changes to the blogging world.

Statistics say that 74.6 million websites are using WordPress as Content Management System and maximum blog sites being controlled by it and the trend is growing up.

WP is still developing easier systems to run blogs smoothly all over the world. At least 100 top blogs are using WordPress.

Nowadays it is the most popular blogging tool all over the globe. The system builds with PHP and MySQL.

What is WordPress

WordPress is a powerful Content Management System (CMS) software. It is an open and FREE platform where you can build a website without any coding knowledge.

It gives you a dashboard where you can control your website as you want. You can build your site by using a dynamic system.

That means you can apply any functions and WP will convert it with codes. You don’t need to write down any codes. WP will do it on behalf of you.

This software will also help you to build any professional web pages by drag and drop. Which is a very good thing while you are running a blog.

Now you know what is WordPress. Let’s jump into how it works.

How WordPress Works

After installing the WP software to your website, you will have a dashboard like a bellow.

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WordPress Dashboard

You have to upload a theme, the theme could be premium or free. You will get more customization options if you install a premium theme. It will cost you.

You can integrate with any options by using many many plugins. WP helps you to build a professionally looking website by using premium themes and plugins.

You can publish posts from the posts option. There you find a lot of post customization options and elements. By using them you can build up amazing content with professional style.

You will have a lot of customization options. With the help of those options, you can build any kind of website.

What can WP do

WP can build different kinds of websites, especially blogs. It is a great CMS for blog makers. By writing codes, you need time to build a professional website properly. But using WP would be the best choice to cut your time as you want.

You can do everything by using WP. But you need to learn how to use it. So make sure you learn to use WP.

Type of websites you can build with WordPress:

  • Portfolio.
  • E-commerce.
  • Business.
  • Personal Blog.
  • News and media.
  • Gallery and photography.

About WP themes

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WordPress Themes

WordPress theme is a group of files that play roles to the skin of a site. We use themes to design our site.

Theme maintains our site’s graphical interface and presentation. You can find free themes and premium themes.

Premium themes have a lot of advantages than free themes. There is a lot of customization options in premium themes that help you to create a professional and nice presentation of your website to your visitors.

But it will cost you. We are introducing you to some premium blog themes below.

Before you install a theme to your WP site, make sure what kind of functions you need to integrate with your site, then research on them and pick up a good theme.

About WP plugins

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WordPress Plugins

A plugin is a software takes controls of specific functions. You can use different kinds of plugins to integrate with different functionality.

WordPress plugin directory will help you to find out some essential free plugins to make your site more healthy. But you can also use some paid plugins to improve your website quality.

Here I’m including some essential free plugins to run a website below.

Before you install these plugins, you should know the use of those plugins.

WordPress.com V/S WordPress.org

WP has two variations. One is worpress.com and another one is wordpress.org. Both are WordPress, but they have some differences.

Here I’m going to write down the differences between the two services and you make the decision which one is better. I think wordpress.org is best to run a website. But wordpress.com is not bad at all. Let’s see…


It is a website platform where you can run a website under WP branding and software. If you create an account then you’ll able to create blogs/websites. But it will only run with a sub-domain.

Yes, you can not use a domain at the free version. You need to upgrade your plan to add a domain that will cost you around $100 a year.

On the other hand, you can not monetize your site properly. But if you think you use this platform for non-commercial purposes only, then you can carry on with it. But you would not able to make enough profit if you think commercially.


It is called self-hosted WordPress because you can download the open-source WP software and install it to your hosting with a domain name by your hosting provider and use it personally.

You can run any functionality you want when you are using the software. You can apply your own branding and integrate your site with many features, plugins.

You’ll get all the advantages of WP while you’re using wordpress.org and the software is totally free. You’ll have the cost of your domain, hosting, and premium features. It will cost you around $50 a year.

So I can say that wordpress.org is better than wordpress.com.

Get started

Getting started with WP is easy. Firstly you need hosting and a domain name. Then go to the wordpress.org and get the software.

Then install it to your hosting. You will get a control panel as a WP dashboard. Then find a theme to design your site skin and then you are ready to go with it. It’s very simple.

You’ll learn to control it on your own because the functionality of WP is not that much hard.

If you need to know further about what is WordPress, feel free ask me in the comment section.

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About Syed Nahid Nur

Syed Nahid Nur is a passionate knowledge digger. He is a writer, web technologist, and digital marketing strategist. Here he shares his research results about WordPress and web technology.

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