WordPress is a content management system based primarily for blogging. There are 2 different “Flavors” of WordPress. WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Here is a brief dictionary of the basic fundamentals of WordPress. Let’s get started:

WordPress.com.

WordPress.com is the corporate version of the popular Content Management System. They offer a paid and a free option.

Free.

  • yourdomain.wordpress.com
  • 3GB of space
  • Limited Themes
  • Limited Plugins
  • Shared Hosting

Paid. (Starts at $8 per month)

  • yourdomain.com
  • 13GB of space
  • Custom Themes
  • Few more plugins
  • Still on shared hosting

WordPress.org

WordPress.org is an opens sourced option meaning that it can be custom coded be oneself to preform in any mannor under the GPLv2 license.

The Pros

  • Obviously the open sourced
  • Open Source Support Platform
  • Customizable
  • You “get” to find hosting.

The Cons.

  • If you screw it up you are on your own.
  • You “have” to find hosting.

In my opinion the pros outweigh the cons. The ability to customize your installation really makes it worth it.

The last part of the pros and the cons is to find hosting. This is really one of my favorite processes of installing any Content Management System.

WordPress.org Based Option/s

(Sorry could only think of one off the top of my head).

Non-Wordpress Based Options

These kind of options allow you to install other CMS like Joomla, nopCommerce and more.

  • HostGator – I personally use HostGator and absolutely love it! I totally vouch for it.
  • GoDaddy – Unfortunately I have not personally used GoDaddy. Their risque advertisement has always been a downer for me. I do use them quite frequently to check on domain pricing.

Onto the WordPress Dictionary.

Jetpack. Jetpack is a popular plugin that connects WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

Posts. Posts are the blog posts.

Categories. Categories are exactly how they sound. This is a great way to organize topics.

Tags. The easiest way to explain this is that they are similar to that of “Categories.” They are snippets to help categorize different words. For instance you could have a category for Life. The tags would be about little snippets of your blog post about “Life.” For instance you wrote a blog post about Life as a “Musician on the Road.” Tags could include “Roadie Life” or “music” or both. Tags are very similar to Hashtags.

Media. Photos and video that can be included in posts and pages.

Pages. These are dedicated pages unlike posts which only appear on one “blog page” which can be defined in under Settings-> Reading. OR under the customize button under Appearance ->Customize. 

Themes. Themes are the site skin. You can edit and upload custom themes. Child Themes are always recomended for their own reasons.

Customize. I just touched on this feature. This isn’t quite a drag and drop platform it is more of a visual editor. You can tweak different parts of your site while visualizing it.

Widgets. Widgets are items that appear on the side of a page.

Editor. This is the place to edit your theme files.

Plugins. Plugins are a great place to add different visual and hidden features to your website. One of these days I will write a post about my favorite plugins. Usually I include Yoast by SEO, WP Security and Google Analytics.

Users. This is the place where you can control who accesses the site via the admin panel (yoursite.com/wp-admin).

Settings. There are too many settings to go through one by one but here is where you can change just about anything that you can’t change via the theme files or the customize panel.

In Conclusion

This is a great way to blog about anything and everything. I enjoy the flexibility. I will leave you with one last thought. WordPress is about as “in-depth” as you want to get. You can use it at surface level or you can get crazy in-depth and customize all the features.

-Cody