What is WordPress?
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system, or CMS. It was first released on May 27, 2003 by founders Matt Mullenwerg and Mike Little. WordPress is based on PHP and MySQL. PHP and MySQL are both server-sided scripting languages but also used as general-purpose programming languages. Currently, WordPress is used by more than 60 million websites worldwide. As of April 2013, the newest version, WordPress 3.5 had been downloaded over 18 million times! WordPress has had more than 10 major product releases since May 27, 2003. The most recent version was due out in May 2013. Oh! And a bit of trivia for you-each version after version 1.0 was codenamed
after a well known jazz musicians such as Duke, Mingus and Ella.
There is a plethora of features available for WordPress. These features will help your business to obtain or increase web traffic and visitors. This can in turn, help to increase your company’s business in the long run.
These features include:
· Themes can be installed and users may switch between those that are available. These themes can increase the functionality of a WordPress website as well as customize the look. These themes can either be free or premium (paid for) templates.
· Plugins are a very popular feature of WordPress. The purpose of plugins is to allow uses and developers to extend WordPress abilities beyond the basic installation. WordPress has a database of well over 24,000 plugins. These plugins range from SEO (search engine optimization) enhancers to navigation bars and widgets.
· Widgets are small modules that offer users drag-and-drop sidebar content placement though the extended abilities of the plugins. Some of these particular customization options include web forms to fill out, include or exclude information such as archives or recent posts, images through slideshows as well as many others.
· With WordPress 3.0 there is now a multi-user and multi-blogging interface. Previous editions featured supporting only one blog per installation.
· With the advancement of technology, WordPress features mobile applications for Android,
WebOS, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Windows Phone and Blackberry. These apps allow a limited set of options such as adding new blog posts and pages, commenting, moderating
comments, and replying to comments. This is in addition to features that were implemented before WordPress 3.0.
· WordPress features support for Trackback and Pingback standards. These are used for displaying links to other sites that have linked to a post or article.
· Automatic filters are also included in the features. Filters provide standardized formatting and styling of text blog posts such as converting regular quotes to smart quotes.
· Another great feature is the support for tagging of posts and articles. This allows for better SEO (search engine optimization).
The Future of WordPress
Over the releases, security issues were found and fixed. Currently, the development team took some time off to focus more on expanding and improving the WordPress community. Stay tuned though, more improvements are underway and many more changes are to come with WordPress.