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Create a Blog by Using the Key Elements in the WordPress Ecosystem

In this column, I would like to explore WordPress conclusively and shed light on its efficiency to create a blog.

WordPress:  WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that helps to build, modify, and manage a blog or website by ourselves.  It is specifically designed in a way to build a website by anyone without having coding skills or programming knowledge.  It is one of the reasons why it has become so popular and the most successful CMS platform on the planet.

WordPress is available in two different versions to the public.   One is WordPress.org, a self-hosted version that runs on any web host.  The other one is WordPress.com, a hosted version runs by Automattic’s server.

Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little are the founders who created WordPress in May 2003.  Since its inception, WordPress has gradually gained momentum over the years with its rapid development in the features and applications.  About 37% of the websites on the internet are running on the WordPress platform. 

WordPress Ecosystem:   Before knowing about the WordPress Ecosystem, one has to be aware and to understand what the word “ecosystem” denotes in Information Technology.  The technology ecosystem is defined as a  collection of software tools and applications that are integrated as well as to interact with each other in real-time.

The success of the WordPress ecosystem is that with its minimalistic features, enabled to be highly compatible, expandable, and customizable.  WordPress ecosystem involves four categories:

1)         WordPress Core Development.

2)         WordPress basic features and functions.

3)         Extended function within the WordPress Platform.

4)         Extended functions with outbound interactions.

After completing the registration and creating a website address with your domain name, a new screen will appear with My Site and Reader tabs in the menu bar.  My Site acts as a front-end dashboard.  Under the My Site, there are various sections such as My Home, Site, Jetpack, Design, Manage, and WordPress Admin.  WordPress Admin acts as a back-end dashboard.  There are key elements available in each section, which will help to create the desired website.

Posts:  The posts element is present in the drop-down menu of the Site section.  It is used to create various types of content for the blog.  Each post represents a new update.  Posts may be articles, images, or any content creation.

Pages:  The pages element is present above the posts in the Site section.  It looks similar to posts, but the application is entirely different by adding and managing the pages of the website.  Pages are mainly static with timeless content with galleries.  Examples are the home page, about page, and contact page.

Media:  The media element is present below the posts in the Site section.  Media contains a library where you can upload images, documents, videos, and audio files.  These media files are attached to any posts or pages on the website.

Themes:  The theme element is located in the drop-down menu of the Design section.  Themes will give an appearance to the website.  It acts as a site’s skin where the content is displayed.  There are thousands of free default themes available in WordPress, which can activate and use it on the website.

Plugins:  The plugins element is present in the drop-down menu of the Tool section.  It is a small software application that adds extra functionality and features to the website.  Some of the well-known official free plugins are Jetpack, Yoast SEO, WooCommerce, and Classic Editor.

Comments:  The comments element is situated last in the drop-down menu of the Site section.  It provides a gateway to engage visitors to comment directly about your posts and contents.  This feature is commonly enabled on posts by default.  There are also features enabled to control and regulate the comment section from spam and abuse.

Users:  The user element is present in the backend dashboard of WP Admin.  There is no purpose of having a blog or website without any users.  So, users or subscribers are the target audience who are very crucial in achieving the success of the website.  The Administrator of the website will designate the user’s role and limitation in accessing the website.

Conclusion:  I hope with this piece of information about WordPress, you may conclude how it is being a user-friendly CMS.  WordPress is the best option for beginners to get started in the website world.  It is a very flexible CMS platform to create and transform any website from being a personal blog to an e-commerce website.

I am glad to write this article after creating a blog on my own.  Please visit my website that has given below and share your comments.

www.bmkpondy.wordpress.com

Karthikeyan Balabaskaran

By Karthikeyan Balabaskaran

Content Writer| Language Editor| Medical Scribe|Medical Transcriptionist

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