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What Is WordPress? Beginner's Guide 2020

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Amit is a web developer and writer turned digital entrepreneur. He loves writing on technology, online income, and self-improvement.

WordPress, an easy way to craft beautiful and interactive websites. WordPress is an open-source platform. WordPress provides a wide range of features that a website must-have. You will be surprised to know that more than 37.6% of websites are powered by WordPress.

WordPress is considered to be a Content Management System (CMS). CMS is a tool, using which everyone can manage all the data inside the website without much knowledge of the programming language.

This means that if you are not a developer, you can also create a website on your own. WordPress is very easy to learn. Everyone can learn it and begin the journey of a developer.

WordPress Image

WordPress Image

What Kind of Website Can WordPress Create?

At the initial level, WordPress was considered as a blog creation tool only. But now, things have changed. WordPress comes with a variety of features and in-built systems.

Additionally, by using WordPress you can craft an eCommerce portal with the latest security patches. There is a plugin called WooCommerce, which will help you build an eCommerce website. It provides a list of security systems that anyone can use for free.

A list of websites that can be developed with WordPress is as follows:

  • Business websites
  • E-commerce websites
  • Personal Blogs
  • Individual Portfolios
  • Resumes
  • Forum
  • Social Networks
  • Membership websites
  • Event websites
  • E-learning system websites
  • Wedding websites
  • And many more...

The list does not end here.

What’s The Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

You may have noticed two websites of WordPress and it can be a bit confusing which websites you should browse and which ones are authentic. Basically, there are two different things that you should know before using WordPress.

WordPress.com is just for getting started. This is called the hosted version. In this version, you can create your WordPress account and start blogging. This will work like -yourwebsitename.wordpress.com.

WordPress.org is a version from which you can download the zip file of the WordPress software and run on your system. In this version, you will need a server, this can be your local server which can be hosted via XAMPP or LAMPP named LocalHost or any purchased web hosting.

This version is completely free to download. With just a few clicks you can start building your website with it.

Who Uses WordPress?

WordPress is a platform that anyone can fall in love with. It offers many benefits and ready-made themes and plugins to use for free. You have to name it and WordPress has everything for you.

If you are a person who is not very good at programming, or is a novice in programming; there is no doubt that this is the best option for you.

WordPress is being used by individuals, brands and businesses. Microsoft's official blog page is also developed with WordPress. And, there are many big names in the market who loves to use it.

Where Can WordPress Be Downloaded From?

WordPress is an open-source CMS based tool. It can be downloaded for free from its official website.

It will be downloaded as a zip file. You just have to run its setup on your system.

What Is The Latest Version of WordPress?

The latest WordPress version is 5.5.1 “Eckstine." The new version is released on August 11th, 2020.

This version is named after Billy Eckstine. In this version, WordPress is covering three major aspects such as speed, security, and search.

Current Version of WordPress

Current Version of WordPress

What Is A WordPress Plugin?

When it comes to plugins, WordPress, and of course, some third-party vendors provide a package of code that can enhance your web pages called plugins.

In the WordPress dashboard, you can install new plugins and at the same time you can directly add downloaded zip into files.

What Is A WordPress Theme?

A WordPress theme is a structure of websites. In simple words, a complete website with dummy content, pictures and information. To use a WordPress theme, all you have to do is install it via the dashboard or directly a zip file can be pasted into the theme folder.

WordPress offers a wide range of ready themes. There are some third-party vendors that provide such things. A WordPress theme can be downloaded from some online portals such as themeforest and envatoelements. Both free theme as well as paid ones are available.

How Do You Start Using WordPress?

WordPress is 100% free. You can get started with WordPress immediately. But before installing it, you may have to collect a perfect and attractive domain name, good web hosting, and WordPress software in your system.

So now, you've got a lot of information about WordPress and its system, so you will probably think to start using it. Isn't it?

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Conclusion:

So, by reading this article you can get complete information about WordPress. I have given as much information as I could. I hope you like it. If you have any questions related to this article or WordPress, please let me know in the comments section. I would be happy to provide a proper solution to your problem or question.

Moreover, if you want to develop a WordPress website for you, here I am! I am a web developer and have been working with WordPress for 3 years now. I am on a mission to help one lac people create beautiful personal branding websites.

Thanks for reading!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Amit Masih

Comments

Amit Masih (author) from Jaipur, India on October 15, 2020:

Hi Nikhil, well, thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule and giving it a read. I am so grateful!

Of course, Nikhil, I am trying to provide such vital informations so that people who even really don't understand website and its system can put their some time to think of it.

Thank you for your kind words.

Nikhil Sharma from India on October 14, 2020:

Hi, Amit.

Nice to see you writing on what you already know and sharing that with us.

You've wonderfully described almost all the important aspects of WordPress by taking up the most FAQs. I'm sure that with this article, many readers will get a clearer picture of what exactly WordPress entails. As always, you've done a great job!

Looking forward to reading your next piece, Amit!

Amit Masih (author) from Jaipur, India on October 13, 2020:

I am so happy to read these words. I cannot thank you enough, Mr. Arun. It is great that you find valuable information in this article and I am numb now. I would take a moment and say thank you from core of my heart. :)

D Arun Prasad from Chennai on October 13, 2020:

This technical article for non technical people inspires us to atleast try once to develop our own website. This gives a strong foundation in understanding as to how to indigenously design our website through wordpress.The other benefits of how and where this free wordpress App can be downloaded.

On the whole, this article is very useful in getting an idea of designing our own low cost websites.

Amit Masih (author) from Jaipur, India on October 13, 2020:

Yes, Sowrabha ma'am! I'm glad you enjoyed my article and learned some new things from it. I have a passion to impart some technical knowledge, so that those who do not understand the IT sector get to know some information about it. Thank you so much!

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on October 12, 2020:

Hi Amit, this is a very valuable article for those newbies to the world of web development. I knew a bit about Wordpress and today I learnt more. Learnt some nuances and learnt the difference between the two forms of Wordpress. Thanks for sharing.

Amit Masih (author) from Jaipur, India on October 11, 2020:

Yeah, sure! Thank you my friend! :)

Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 11, 2020:

You are welcome Amit. You should do well here at Hubpages.

Amit Masih (author) from Jaipur, India on October 11, 2020:

Thank you so much, Tammy!

Yes! exactly, it is a little bit confusing. I would like to thank you for giving it a read.

Tammy Winters from Oregon on October 11, 2020:

Great way to describe WordPress. Many people do get the two WordPress sites mixed up. Thanks for sharing.