WordPress is a free content management system used to develop and maintain websites. This platform runs online. It can be installed or operated on Android and IOS devices as well. It can be used to grow businesses, build virtual classrooms, run social media platforms, etc. WordPress powers over 30% of websites out there.
The WordPress website consists of various key elements. This article helps to understand those critical elements along with their uses.
The content written for publication is contained in a WordPress post. These posts can be arranged and categorized. The option of ‘pinning’ the particular post is also available. It means that regardless of the date of publication, ‘pinned’ posts will be shown at the top of the website. When someone subscribes to your RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed, your posts become the content that is delivered to your subscribers.
Creating pages in WordPress is a simple and quick process. Like posts, WordPress pages are another type of post that comes pre-built in WordPress. The content which needs not be updated often is usually added to pages. Pages represent static content like the About Us page, TOCs, Contact us and Write for us. By default, you cannot organize WordPress pages using tags or categories like in posts. Users cannot comment on pages unless you enable this feature.
WordPress hosts various types of Media. It includes:
- Images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, and .ico).
- Audio files (.mp3, .m4a, .ogg, and .wav).
- Videos (.mp4, .m4v, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, .ogv, .3gp, and .3g2).
- Word documents.
- Excel spreadsheets.
- Powerpoint presentations.
- Adobe Photoshop Documents.
A Media library is what its name suggests, a catalog of all the media files you have uploaded to your website. It also provides some photo-editing capabilities, so you can make adjustments as needed right from your dashboard. To access your Media Library, simply click on ‘Media’ in your admin sidebar at any time. You can delete ( in Bulk as well) or add media to your website through this feature.
Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support web images out of the box yet.
A WordPress theme is a group of files (style sheets, graphics, and code) that dictates the overall appearance of your blog or website. Themes are one of the most useful features of WordPress. It enables you to customize the site’s appearance and incorporate additional functionality. If you have yet to gain design or coding experience, many themes offer a wealth of customizations to help you create the right design. Choosing a free or premium will always be based on your unique requirements.
Plugins in WordPress is a small software application that extends the features and functions of the website.
“There’s a plugin for that.” No matter what you are trying to do on your WordPress site, it’s possible. If the feature is not available in default WordPress, then a plugin is undoubtedly available. You can find free WordPress plugins by visiting the WordPress.org plugin directory, or you can also find them directly from your WordPress admin area. Simply head over to ‘Plugins’ then ‘Add New’ and search by typing the plugin name or functionality you want to add.
Blog comments enable you to interact and have a discussion with your audience. It also benefits you when it comes to getting reviews from your audience to improve. You can also enable or disable comments anytime.
There are Users of any particular website such as:
- Administrator: The highest level of permission. Admins have the power to access almost everything.
- Editor: Has access to all posts, pages, comments, categories, and tags and can upload to Media.
- Author: Can write, upload Media, edit, and publish their posts.
- Contributor: Has no publishing or uploading capability but can write and edit their posts until they are published.
- Follower (public sites) / Viewer (private sites only): Can read and comment on posts and pages.
- Subscriber (plugin-enabled sites): Similar to the Follower / Viewer role, can read and comment on posts and pages.
Each user role is capable of everything that a less influential role is capable of. In other words, Editors can do everything Authors can do; Authors can do everything Contributors can do, and so on.
WordPress is a free and popular way to create your website. It provides numerous features to add crispness and spice to your website. Furthermore, it offers free and paid plans per your requirements. You can now create your website through your mobile phone within minutes.