Navigating this world of websites and content writing can feel like a maze, with twists, turns, and dead ends and if you do not have a software background like me, it can be a daunting task. Fortunately for you, you have landed on the right page. From understanding WordPress to the key elements of the WordPress Ecosystem- we will cover it all.
What is WordPress Ecosystem?
To understand the WordPress ecosystem, we must first understand WordPress. WordPress is a free Content Management System or CMS, or in simple words, WordPress is a website creation platform. It is the easiest and the most popular website builder. WordPress is one of the most versatile, user-friendly, and flexible CMS suitable for large and small websites.
With WordPress, you can build the following websites:
- Blog Website
- Business Website
- Event Website
- News Website
- Community Website
- Membership website
- Podcast Website
- Portfolio Website
- Restaurant Website
- Social Media Websites etc.
If you are intimidated by the thought of starting your website, the good news is that you do not need to know coding or any software programming language. However, knowing the various components and elements of the WordPress Ecosystem is essential.
Key Elements of WordPress Ecosystem
The following are the key elements that make up a WordPress Ecosystem
The first element on your Dashboard (or homepage) is POSTS.
- This is a crucial element for website users and the most frequented site page of the Dashboard.
- This is where you will publish your content in the WordPress ecosystem. All your published work will be displayed under the Published tab.
- You can edit, sort and manage all your posts here.
- You can even categorize your posts and add tags for better organization.
Pages on WordPress are similar to that of a book, they add structure to your website.
- You can have just one page or multiple pages, depending on the purpose of your website.
- Unlike posts, the content in Pages remains the same. They are not modified frequently.
- All websites will have at least one Page- a home page or a blog archive.
- Some examples of Pages on a website are About Page, Products, Contact Us, etc.
Media is where you will find all the pictures, audio files, videos, and images that you upload on your website.
- You can use an external source to upload your media onto the website.
- You can maintain a media library with uploaded files for future use.
Themes is a tool under Appearance that helps you to design your website.
- It helps in showcasing your website to the viewer.
- Fonts, colors, menus, etc., can be easily added or altered.
- One can choose from thousands of free WordPress themes to make their website unique.
A plugin is a software that you can install on your WordPress site. It is similar to the apps on our smartphones.
- It helps to add more functionality to your page.
- Knowing programming is not a prerequisite to installing Plugins.
- The WordPress ecosystem offers numerous free Plugins to select from.
- Plugins can be used to create a review page on your website, or if you want to translate your content into a different language, or you want to add share buttons for social media, etc.
As the name suggests, comments are where blog visitors can interact with the owner or even among themselves.
- The owner of the website moderates comments.
- They also have the option of editing or deleting comments at their discretion.
- Comments are usually enabled for Posts.
The final key element in the WordPress Ecosystem is Users. A User is any person who has access to your Dashboard.
It mainly applies to companies where multiple people might access the WordPress site.
The names and credentials of all the people having access are listed here.
I hope you have understood the basics of WordPress and the key elements of the WordPress Ecosystem. I am sure that very soon, you will be on your way to using WordPress like a pro. For any further clarifications or information, please reach out to me.