Website Design with WordPress
WordPress is a free and open source website design and blogging tool and is commonly called a content management system (CMS)
It is based the programming language PHP and on-line database MySQL.
It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.
WordPress is used by over 25% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites is currently the most popular website design and build system in use on the Internet.
WordPress has a website page template system allowing easy maintenace by the non-technical user
WordPress users may install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the information content or structure. Themes may be installed using the WordPress “Appearance” administration tool or theme folders may be uploaded via FTP. The PHP and HTML code in themes can also be edited for more advanced customizations.
One very popular feature of WordPress is its rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the features that are part of the base install; WordPress has a database of over 18,000 plugins with purposes ranging from SEO to adding widgets.
Widgets are small modules that offer users drag-and-drop sidebar content placement and implementation of many plugins’ extended abilities. Widgets allow WordPress developers to add functionality to their sites. These small modules can be used to add functionality such as a slideshow, Facebook-like box, small news slider, and more.
You see just some of the many thousands of themes available from WordPress, here
You can see some showcase sites built in WordPress – here