Website Design Using WordPress
WordPress is an open source management system for content featuring a template system and a plug-in architecture. It has been commonly associated with blogging sites, is completely versatile and is the perfect platform for all types of web content including online stores, media galleries, blogs, forums and much more. Approximately 33% of the highest-ranking 10 million sites in 2019 use this platform. It's estimated that 60 million sites on the Internet use WordPress and these numbers continue to grow each day.
All that is required to get a website up and running using WordPress is a hosting site and a domain. Word press is installed on the Web server and there are many free templates to choose from. You may also opt to pay for premium WordPress designs.
There are a variety of different themes that can be installed and they can be switched at any time. The different themes give WordPress its own unique versatility since the functionality and the look of the website can be altered without changing the site content or the core code. All sites require a minimum of one theme that has been designed to comply with WordPress standards.
This platform is equipped with an architecture that allows the use of plug-ins to completely customize the website. With approximately 54,500 plug-ins currently available, each site can be tailored to fit the needs of each webmaster. The plug-ins that are available include navigation bars, widgets, display features, systems for management, client portals, SEO plug-ins and much more. Many plug-ins are available for download through the WordPress interface on the dashboard while other plug-ins can be found on third party websites. There are also premium plug-ins available that can be purchased. Upgrades may be required on different plug-ins as upgrades on the platform are also put into place.
This platform offers a wide range of other features that include the following:
- Clean structure for permalinks
- Automatic filters
- Ability to tag posts
- Posts can be assigned to multiple categories
- SEO friendly
- Standardized styling and formatting of the text in posts
- Pingback and trackback abilities
- Posts can be edited either with or without HTML
Applications are available for mobile devices and include BlackBerry, Windows, WebOS, iOS and Android. The features on these apps include the ability to add new pages and blog posts, reply to comments, view statistics and moderate comments.
WordPress continues to be the industry standard for creating and maintaining any type of website imaginable. It can be customized to meet the needs of any webmaster with unlimited designs available. If a specific design is not available either as a free or as a paid version, a site can be custom-designed based on the specifications of a business.