WordPress: Not Just About Blogging but Something More!

We very well know that “nothing remains constant in this world,” therefore, WordPress has successfully evolved itself as a tool to create a complete website of your own. And there is no denying to the fact that the main problem with the small businesses is the investments in creating, as well as updating and maintaining their sites. But WordPress makes the whole process easier.

A long way back, WordPress was actually designed by the content publisher system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPL, and actually for them to be able to publish and edit any content in a website as per their needs. It was actually a blogging platform and primarily known for it. It is known for its Portability, Universal, Coordinated Time-friendly, Dynamism in the generation of pages, easy installation, and user-friendliness.

But as we very well know that “nothing remains constant in this world,” therefore, WordPress has successfully evolved itself as a tool to create a complete website of your own. And there is no denying to the fact that the main problem with the small businesses is the investments in creating, as well as updating and maintaining their sites. But WordPress makes the whole process easier.

I guess, it would be appropriate to list the advantages of WordPress, to use it to design your website. They are as follows:

Easy Customized Themes:

There are hundreds of free templates available. Its easy to download by simply unzipping the files that you have downloaded from the Google free WordPress templates. After you are done with this, simply upload them on the server and then, login to the admin to select the new theme.

You must be wondering what is it all about adding customized themes, and developing your own theme with parent themes and blank WordPress themes that are available for experiments. You actually don’t have to worry because there are plenty of tutorials available on the net that can help you with the same, for example:

1. How to Use WordPress for a Portfolio Site – Part 1

2. How to Implement Ajax in WordPress Themes

3. WordPress CMS Part 2: Theme Implementation

4. 8 Great Tutorials on How to Build a Custom WordPress Theme

 

Easy maintenance:

You can add, edit, or delete and make any change without any technical knowledge. With the administrative panel, you can add or delete anything or even the whole pages with the help of administrative panel.

 

SEO:

WordPress allows you to establish search engine friendly URLs and the plug-ins available with help you create title and description tags of your content. And there is still more to it… when a new post is published, they automatically appear in the search engine result.

 

Standard compliant:

WordPress follows all the rules that actually define a website. Its cross-browser compatibility is ensured by the WordPress developers.

 

Large Community:

Since, WordPress has a large community support, you can actually visit any forum to seek answer to any of your problem.

 

Plug-ins:

Once you install a plug-in, you can add ample of functionality to your website. There are thousands of WordPress plug-ins available that can add life to your site.

 

RSS Feeds:

RSS feeds are in-built and one can actually subscribe to your content by clicking on the yellow RSS feed icon and subscribe to your content.

 

WordPress has often been overlooked as a content management platform for non-blogging sites. Since you already know that WordPress is already very standard-compliant, and contain almost all the features that one needs to incorporate into any site.

The ABC of WordPress, for instance, where to start from, how to install, upgrading, WordPress for beginners, tutorials, file and plug-in management, and all the snippets to simplify all the complexities, is provided on http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

On the same line, this blog is an attempt to make you well equipped and comfortable with the idea of using WordPress as a tool to create full-fledged website, with an emphasis on using WordPress 3.0 as the next best version, which has been recently launched with advanced features.

1. Installing WordPress:
Now, its not just about installing a default username— admin and some randomly generated password. Now, WordPress gives you the liberty to choose your own.

2. Theme:
Wordpress 3.0 comes with new themes and skins. So, we’ve got new options to be able to select a theme template for our website, or blogs.
For instance, a new default theme, TwentyTen has been released with a new typeface— Georgia, dropdown menus, new custom header and background and many such new advanced features. You also get a virtual representation of your post if you using TwentyTen using Visual Editor.

3. Custom Background Support:
There is nothing new to it, but surely WordPress would soon add something to it. To add a Custom Background support, add;
add_custom_background();
Then, you would be able to add a header image and customize it by clicking on the Background option.

4. Handle Large WordPress Networks:
With the WordPress and WordPress MultiUser, it becomes really easy to maintain a large network of WordPress sites but comes optional.

5. Welcome New Custom Post Types:
Now, you can create new post types, called the Portfolio.
It avoids the need where you fiddle all around with the custom themes. It gives way to the theme developers.

6. More Flexible:
WordPress, with the introduction of much easier custom and sub-taxonomies, has made WordPress a much more flexible content management system.

7. Menu Manager:
With the advent of a menu manager in WordPress 3.0, you can create multiple menus, categories and links, adding on to the comfort level of both, the users as well as the WordPress theme Developers.

8. A Guide:
WordPress 3.0 has a user-friendly guide, which would make it easier for you to understand the CMS better and make things more than easier for you.

9. Plug-ins:
With the introduction of WordPress 3.0, Add Details and Install Now links are available with each plug-in. Even the plug-in editor is equipped with Tab indenting, outdenting and multi-line tabbing and you can easily upgrade the plug-ins in bulk.

10. More focus on your content:
To increase accessibility and put more focus on the content of your website, a very light color admin is launched with WordPress 3.0 and a revised grey color admin scheme as well.
The list is endless, if you start using WordPress, not only as a blogging platform but, to develop full-fledged websites as well. There is no denying to the fact that if you go back to the history of WordPress since May 2003, you will witness its evolution and how it has attain that flexibility to meet all your requirements.

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