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What is WordPress? The platform powering the majority of the web

WordPress has become something of a buzzword whenever we talk about making websites...

7 months ago | The Author, Charlie Cooper by Charlie Cooper

Lets say you have an idea for a website. Where do you start? You need an easy way to manage it, to add content and to restrict access.

In simple terms, WordPress is like a magical toolbox for managing your website without needing to be a tech expert.

It’s a popular and user-friendly platform that allows you to edit your website easily without having to code, just like using a word processor to write documents.

Once the website is set up and and designed, you can log in and access the back end of WordPress to make changes by going to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin

Let’s take a look at the log in page for Orange Moon Web as an example.

The wordpress log in page for Orange Moon Web

Once logged in, you’re taken to the heart of wordpress; a dashboard with options for pages, plugins, settings, and others.

Let’s take a look at the dashboard on a brand new website:

A wordpress dashboard for a new website

This is a very clean dashboard. Typically, the panel on the left has more buttons that take you to other edit pages, for example, if you’re a estate agent you’d need functionality such as adding in home listings, which doesn’t come with WordPress ‘Out of the Box’.

So you know what wordpress can do, but why use WordPress again the other competitors such as Wix or Squarespace that have popped up over the years? Several reasons – lets dive right in.

Content Management

You can easily add and edit content on your website, like writing articles, creating pages, uploading images, and videos. It’s as simple as typing in a text editor.

Limitless Customization

WordPress allows you to personalize your website by adding features and functionality with no limits on what is possible.

Enter Plugins, which are essentially add ons written by other people that you can add to your website, mostly for free!

WordPress is also very developer friendly which means that if a plugin can’t do something, we probably can.

No Coding Required

The best part is, you don’t need to know how to write code to use WordPress. It takes care of all the technical stuff behind the scenes, so you can focus on creating and managing your content.

Updates

WordPress helps take care of security, so you don’t have to worry about people getting unauthorised access to your website.

Blogging

Originally, WordPress was mostly known for blogging, but over the years, it has evolved into a full-fledged website-building platform, still retaining its excellent blogging capabilities.

So, overall, you can think of WordPress as a helpful platform that simplifies the website editing experience, allowing you to focus on sharing your ideas, stories, or business with the world without the technical side getting in the way.

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