What is WordPress?
• WordPress is an open source web publishing
platform powered by PHP and MySQL
• Originally designed as a blog but has now grown
way beyond it
What can WordPress do for you?
Content Management System (CMS)
• Separates the Design, Functionality and the
content of the site
• A CMS allows one area to be updated without
• WordPressis currently the most popular CMS in
use on the Internet
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
wordpress.com– A cloud based blogging
platform. It is hosted on WordPressservers.
Not very customizable
wordpress.org- Powerful web publishing platform
hosted on your server.
Post vs. Page
Page - Top tier information that does not change
(about us, contact)
Post - Single article focused on a specific topic, event
or interest. Usually presented in reverse chorological
order. Posts can be categorized and tagged to help
Custom Post Type – Similar to regular post but may
have a different layout or a specific purpose. (ex.
Categories and Tags
Category - Your website table of contents. Like a
newspaper section or a table of contents in a
Tags - Are index words. Keywords. Like an index
at the back of a book.
Widgets and Plugins
Plugins are bits of code that add functionality to
Widgets are areas in the side bar, footer or article
that support plugins
Themes and Design
Themes are the look and feel of your website.