WordPress (WP) started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as a full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes, WP is limited only by your imagination. It is based on PHP and MySQL. It has a plugin architecture and a template system. WP is used by more than 24% of the top 10 million websites.
WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the internet. The best part about WP is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough for just about anything. It has robust features. Many top brands use WP. This includes Time Magazine, Google, Facebook, Sony, Disney, LinkedIn, The New York Times, CNN, eBay, and more.
WP is a free software. You are free to download, install, use and modify it. You can use it to create any kind of website. It is also open source which means the source code of the software is available for anyone to study, modify and play with.
WordPress plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.
There are tons, literally tons, of WordPress plugins available for free download from the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. There are also premium or paid WordPress plugins.
Why would you want to pay for a plugin? Well, there are several reasons:
- While there are thousands of plugins available for free from the plugin directory, paid plugins usually offer a full-time support staff and developers that work on maintaining the security and compatibility of plugins with the latest version of WordPress as well as with other themes and plugins.
- Most of the time, plugins play nicely with the core of WordPress and with other plugins, but sometimes a plugin’s code will get in the way of another plugin, causing compatibility issues. With a paid plugin, it’s just nice to know you have support staff that can help you out if anything goes wrong.
The WP team has announced that they plan to add a REST API to the CMS. This new technology will improve WP’s built-in XML-RPC interface and will allow WordPress developers to create, read, update, and delete data in pages, posts, comments, users, taxonomies and more, via simple HTTP requests.
WP Launches Plugin To Support Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). This is a new open source initiative spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web.
WP has developed a plugin to support the AMP specification, enabling publishers to produce AMP-formatted content from WP without lifting a finger (other than clicking “publish”, naturally).
On the 10th March 2016 I gave a lecture on WordPress at Opole University of Technology. Please contact me more information